Golf is easy decision

The necessary social distancing rules and procedures are very easy with golf and were already in process when the lockdown was introduced. It should commence without delay.

Why the contribution is important

It is important as it is so simple to introduce and offers many people the opportunity for good exercise and enjoyment with extremely low risk.

by Roydw22 on May 05, 2020 at 09:07PM

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  • Posted by Debrastorr May 05, 2020 at 22:17

    Special pleading can be made for many activities - in sea kayaking we are normally well in excess of 5m away from each other.
    But let’s not play ‘I’m special’.
    Let’s have one clear set of rules for all outdoor activities.
  • Posted by AlanG64 May 05, 2020 at 22:18

    2 people playing golf from separate households can very easily maintain social distance and no reason why this exercise and sport should not resume.
  • Posted by AndyMac0202 May 05, 2020 at 22:47

    Easy to play with minimum risk. A great way for safe socialising out with the family group and also for exercise. Not a case of special pleading. No point in banning things unnecessarily! Let’s have sea kayaking too.
  • Posted by imcdonald5 May 05, 2020 at 23:10

    To be able to go out enjoy a few hours in the fresh air safely social distancing would be a great relief from the current lockdown. Golf seems to be one of the safest socially distanced sports there is. Ireland is lifting restrictions on golf in mid-May and I would like to see us following the Irish example. Some additional guidance could be put in place that golf clubs could monitor such as three-balls maximum, time spacing such as 10-minute intervals between tee times and marshalls out on courses ensuring social distancing is being observed properly.

    Just before lockdown my club brought in rules such as leaving the flag in the hole being compulsory, raising the depth of the hole to enable easy retrieval of holed putts etc. Scottish Golf have good ideas to share with clubs to ensure the safety of golfers during the epidemic.
  • Posted by Cherrylynn May 05, 2020 at 23:21

    Golf is a sports where it is very easy to socially distance. Most golf clubs had good measures in place just prior to lockdown.
  • Posted by Imfifer May 06, 2020 at 00:14

    I agree golf clubs had adequate SD and non contact arrangements before the lockdown, which works better than shopping in Tesco despite clear signs on one way system 50% choose to ignore them.
    Safer on the golf course than shopping !
  • Posted by MrsMac May 06, 2020 at 07:33

    Golf by nature is an easy sport to be able to stay apart safely. This would be a great and easy way to exercise and adhere to social distancing
  • Posted by NeilB May 06, 2020 at 08:05

    All sports are different so they are all special cases and should be judged on how well they can adapt. For example, keeping your clubs at home, social distancing and changing “holing out” even as far as “NOT holing out” will reduce risks to a minimum.
  • Posted by Mackay25 May 06, 2020 at 08:16

    Golf clubs should be advised that they can reopen once they have reviewed their procedures to ensure that all social distance measures are in place. It would be easy to allow clubs to organise 10/15min tee times thus ensuring there were a limited number of golfers on the course at one time.
  • Posted by DunblaneNewGolfClub May 06, 2020 at 08:30

    Golf, tennis and bowls can all be undertaken within the social distancing rules. The clubs that organise these events have the experience to ensure compliance with the social distancing rules. The only issue would be travel, but I feel most will be travelling by car and not public transport. Opening up these sports will be good for mental health, exercise and well being. All members of such clubs will need to lead by example. and adhere to the protocols put in place.
  • Posted by Benjamin39 May 06, 2020 at 10:11

    Golf is probably one of the easiest forms of exercise in which social distancing may be observed whilst helping relieve, for many people, the stress and mental anguish caused either directly or indirectly by this horrible disease.
    From a business and tourist viewpoint, the game is VERY important, therefore, it surely would be positive publicity to say ‘Scottish Golf is back on’ and backed by The Scottish Government.
  • Posted by Lucy54 May 06, 2020 at 10:38

    A return to golf would be ok as long as the staff are also considered. The focus of a lot of comments seems to be how the players can maintain social distancing but it would need to be ensured that any staff required to open the course can also social distance, maintain hygiene and there are processes in place for sharing equipment.
  • Posted by simonnorris May 07, 2020 at 16:16

    It makes complete sense to open courses again - good for exercise, physical and mental health.

    It is easy to play while respecting social distancing rules.

    There is no reason why 3 or 4 players can't play in a group.
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