Open golf courses

2 balls only distancing ie tee times 10 minutes apart

Why the contribution is important

I live right next to my course and exercise on it every day

by Jokkthe1 on May 05, 2020 at 07:14PM

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Average rating: 4.3
Based on: 38 votes


  • Posted by Bertrich May 05, 2020 at 19:28

    No need to restrict it to two balls. Perfectly easy to maintain a social distance with up to four.
  • Posted by AndrewGAFyfe May 05, 2020 at 19:39

    Guided by the science, being in the open air at a social distance poses a very low risk. Golf is a sport which can easily be played at a social distance and without touching items which others may have touched. Whilst I can understand the concern about differentiating different sports and perceived social division, in Scotland golf is a game widely played across the social strata. Re-open it.
  • Posted by Andrewjthomson86 May 05, 2020 at 19:40

    Could play up to 4 balls but 2 balls for now is better than no golf at all
  • Posted by Andymac May 05, 2020 at 19:43

    Ideal way to get people out to exercise. Social distancing can be easily achieved. Travel to and from players home course should be allowed.
  • Posted by StealthIT May 05, 2020 at 19:47

    To allow people to stand in queue’s at shops, I have witnessed this as lots of people will have, social distancing is more prevalent in golf than standing at Tesco queuing...
  • Posted by Donaldson May 05, 2020 at 19:51

    Times need to be booked ahead and 2 balls played to start with as soon as possible
  • Posted by IainBlair May 05, 2020 at 19:51

    Golf is likely the safest naturally socially distanced sport. It provides exercise, fresh air and mental health benefits. Scottish Golf has issued additional guidelines which clubs had, prior to lockdown already implemented, that completely remove the need to touch any part of the course or its equipment such as flagsticks. Golf is played across the whole of society and is accessible to pretty much anyone who wishes to play at low cost and in close proximity almost everywhere. Golf is the most obvious thing to re-open and would be a tremendous boost to a large number of people.
  • Posted by davemc May 05, 2020 at 19:54

    I should declare an interest here as a golfer since the 1960s.
    The proposal has obvious merit in relation to promoting the physical and mental health of participants, restarting an industry which generates millions for the Scottish economy, contributing to a measure of 'normality' in life.
    Reintroduction may be difficult to 'police', but golfers have a very strong tradition of self-policing with regard to the laws and conventions of the game - this should translate easily to distancing and contact with flags during play.
    However, the current profile of golfers in Scotland - largely male, over 50, many obese or approaching obesity - does raise some concerns given which groups are most affected by Covid.
  • Posted by Jeannie May 05, 2020 at 23:22

    As long as strict measures are in place for social distancing and people only use there local course it would be a good idea
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