Golf courses are the ideal place for social distancing whilst getting exercise. Too many smaller clubs already struggle keeping the fairways open in this day and age without the recent pandemic lockdown.

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by Gordo256 on May 05, 2020 at 03:27PM

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  • Posted by stan1950 May 05, 2020 at 15:55

    Golf courses are ready to open and have plans in place to ensure social distancing without a need for PPE. As an outdoor pursuit this would benefit both physical and mental health concerns. many golf clubs could fold completely if cannot get cash from playing golf.
  • Posted by Mrswed May 05, 2020 at 16:35

    I strongly agree, both sets of our parents all golf & it would make a huge difference to there day if ymtgey could get out into the fresh air & do what they live to do. Golfing if one sport you can do with social distancing without any problems.
  • Posted by scottmcmartin May 05, 2020 at 16:54

    Mental Health and lack of general exercise could have a last and long term affect on peoples health and well being for decades if easing of the 'outside' activity is not changed soon. For instance, everyone and literally their dog are using Golf Courses as their private play grounds. Yet golfers are not allowed to use the course that they have paid a membership for.

    Allow say an initial 5km as the crow flies, distance on home to course. Members only, with increased tee-times. No opening of Clubhouse/Locker rooms. All of these measures were put in place by golf clubs pre lock-down. Increase the travel distance in phases. This is what Ireland is doing.
  • Posted by Meerykat May 05, 2020 at 17:03

    Being a golfer, I agree with the desire to open courses with clear and strict guidelines. However, being a nurse trained in infection control, I have noticed that many golfers seem to think that merely raising the putting cup or using some method of clearing the ball from the cup is preventing the possibility of infection. This is not so - a carrier of COVID 19 who, if playing golf, will presumably have no symptoms. He or she handles their golf ball which is then putted into the cup; this leaves contamination on the cup base/perimeter; this contamination is then passed to other peoples’ golf balls, which they have putted in. So, the putting -in aspect remains a big concern. If golf reopens, there should be no putting in to prevent cross contamination.
  • Posted by RossK May 05, 2020 at 18:05

    Totally support golf course being opened. It is an activity where you can play as an individual with zero risk to COVID infection and even if playing with others can be played absolutely safely with no risk. Don't know why it was ever stopped.
  • Posted by GolfDuck May 05, 2020 at 18:19

    Please reopen the Golf Courses. It is an exercise that is fully compliant with Govt guidelines - physical distancing and daily exercise.

    Why is it Ok for our golf courses to be used by walkers and joggers but golfers are not allowed to use the golf course.
  • Posted by DrMantisToboggan May 05, 2020 at 20:48

    Oh boy heck do people love golf on this forum.
    How about nurseries, schools, cancer referrals and treatment pathways, transport and the economy?
    Nah but golf tho.
    Get a grip.
  • Posted by Lucy1312 May 08, 2020 at 10:28

    Golf Course are ideal for managing social distancing whilst. Games can be played with two people, booking done remotely and grounds can be kept adhering to social distancing!
    It is imperative to the mental health of some people to be able to carry out this kind of activity and will encourage others to be more active.
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