Golf access

Golfing access can easily be returned with restrictions in place, leave the flag in, remove bunker rakes, whether members or visitors playing is immaterial as the visitors fees would be appreciated by most struggling clubs, keep the club house closed, toilet facilities would be required.
If access to shops at 2m spaces is acceptable then golfers can similarly keep social distance restrictions

Why the contribution is important

The health and well being of a large section of the community can be restored with a very low risk of virus spread.

by franbar on May 08, 2020 at 10:37AM

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Average rating: 3.6
Based on: 16 votes


  • Posted by jamesrdaniels1 May 08, 2020 at 10:42

    Golf should never have been stopped. The suggested social distancing measures submitted by the R and A will more than protect golfers and potentially transmitees.
  • Posted by Sulphonamide May 08, 2020 at 10:43

    I haven't played golf for around 30 years and thus have no stake in this game....but what is the harm of people playing golf beyond a rather mean-spirited bitterness that "they" get to indulge in their hobby and "we" don't.
  • Posted by MaighstirTodt May 08, 2020 at 10:51

    The problem is if you let one activity like this go ahead then you'll have everyone and their dug demanding that their favorite pastime be allowed too.
  • Posted by Dugald May 08, 2020 at 11:06

    It is non contact; fresh air; easy to be socially separated; regulations to avoid contact (no handling rakes, flags etc); get it back soon.
  • Posted by Allovesdavid May 08, 2020 at 11:14

    Totally agree with the last few posts. It should be opened back up asap. There is virtually no risk whatsoever. It's the most popular non contact sport, very easy to social distance and even at normal times, other golfers are miles away. Agree with the comment about some mean spirited people with the attitude of "why are they allowed" and "why can't we?" Pathetic. People who enjoy excersise are still running, cycling and walking. Any activity thay can be safely done should be wholly encouraged. PLEASE OPEN THE GOLF COURSES!!
  • Posted by DavidW11 May 08, 2020 at 11:15

    Completely agree. All well run golf clubs will absolutely comply with this. I have no truck with any other pastime being allowed as long as they (like golf can) prove that their activity can be enjoyed safely
  • Posted by HLFW1 May 08, 2020 at 11:42

    Concern that a lot of courses are being used by local people to exercise - as in current climate people are restricted as to where they can go. How would clubs manage this?
  • Posted by McBeard May 08, 2020 at 11:45

    Golf is already a socially distanced sport. Short of sharing buggies, you're usually AT LEAST 6 feet apart anyways.

    I miss the 4 hour walk on a Sunday morning, and I miss the banter with my pals.

    If they re-open golf courses this month, excellent 👌 however colour me pessimistic.
  • Posted by TomRamslack May 08, 2020 at 12:09

    Golf courses should re open ASAP. Restrictions previously mentioned, e. g. no rakes, not touching flag and keeping social distancing were already implemented for a short period before lock down. Club House would have to remain closed but I'm sure toilets could be made available. People have been walking around golf courses for the last 6 weeks as part of their exercise so why not take their clubs and play!!!!!!!
  • Posted by Allovesdavid May 08, 2020 at 12:17

    Why was my previous comment removed? It wasnt offensive or controversial? I was simply agreeing with other posts and asking for golf courses to be reopened.
  • Posted by KGB007 May 08, 2020 at 12:19

    Allowing members only to access their course with restrictions placed on tee times, maybe every 12 minutes, only two balls permitted within the same group bubble etc would not impact much on social distancing. It is likely that the social distancing would be further than is applied at supermarkets and shops. For some elderly people it was their only form of exercise. It will most likely rain when it is allowed anyhow
  • Posted by ianDumfries May 08, 2020 at 12:22

    If lockdown is relaxed then expanded access to exercise and leisure should be done asap, as long as these are able to be justified and sensible in terms of social distancing and low risk. Golf is one of those. The reality is that people are starting to determine this themselves e.g. cycling , running , walking in company etc. The danger is the government is behind the curve on this and starting to lose control if they dont provide relaxation of these with some restrictions / advice. Golf is required for exercise , keeping muscles supple, manage pain etc (as recommended by some doctors). Lockdown is having an impact for those with musculoskeletal issues, and those who have golfed for years and is there main exercise. Sensible relaxing of rules is required when the time is right. Golf is also a business and have been losing members and money (like other business's). Lets have some common sense, people get it! Lets be treated like adults , let us get started and manage it, when the time comes to ease things. I respect what the SG are doing but dont forget golf and other sports in the initial phase.
  • Posted by JoeyJambo May 08, 2020 at 12:36

    Clubs are already losing members. If the lockdown continues to include golf (which makes no sense) then more people will cancel their membership and clubs are going to go out of business. Where is the common sense? If you go for a walk outside for daily exercise you can pass by literally tens of people. If you go on the golf course, you will hardly see anyone, let alone walk close to them. Get the courses open!
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