Reopen the Golf Courses

Open all courses in Scotland to generate/stimulate local funds and
make a step towards restoring tourism

Why the contribution is important

Golf is a huge industry in Scotland. It is easily adapted to comply with social distancing measures. The R&A have been working on a system to allow courses to open safely. This shows Government willingness to move towards normality and would generate much needed money for councils managing municipal courses

by Pa4thecourse on May 05, 2020 at 01:26PM

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  • Posted by mdinafala May 05, 2020 at 13:38

    Probably needs to initially only be locals
  • Posted by adirondacks May 05, 2020 at 13:39

    have to be strict on using masks, not using changing rooms, and not using the bar and restaurants
  • Posted by Kieran May 05, 2020 at 13:40

    I don't golf (and actually I run around my local golf course so it wouldn't be good for me if it re-opened) but agree this is good excerise and can be done at a distance. Can't see why golf courses are still closed.
  • Posted by Binnes May 05, 2020 at 13:40

    Supports wellbeing of those playing, supports the clubs in dire need of protection from falling membership and importantly can be enjoyed whilst meeting on the health requirements.
  • Posted by JohnENMacmillan May 05, 2020 at 13:42

    This is a no brainer. Done with clear guidelines it has every reason to be satisfactorily safe.
  • Posted by Braefoot May 05, 2020 at 13:42

    This is an easy quick win and can be done in a safe way
    Restrict play to Casual Play NO COMPETITIONS
    Restrict play to players "Home" Club
    Only permit Two Balls
    Do Not touch the pin
    Limited "Ball Drop" at the hole
    No Club House activities except for sanitary facilities
  • Posted by Santander May 05, 2020 at 13:44

    As we are currently being told to only socialise with people who live in you’re household is it realistic to have hundreds possibly thousands of people travelling to golf courses to meet and play in most cases with people out with you’re household. Another issue is can the golf clubs give a guarantee that social distancing will apply at all times.
  • Posted by KennyRbodie May 05, 2020 at 13:47

    In light of the social distancing, golf is a sport played with a maximum of 4 people in one group who apart from the start and end of each hole are predominantly greater than 2 metres apart. Therefore if the group sensibly manage the start and end of each hole can easily satisfy the needs of social distancing.
    Most clubs have members that live local to the course and again by maximising the distance people can travel to and from the course we can limit the amount of traffic again ensuring that people do not travel excess distances.
  • Posted by Fifer72 May 05, 2020 at 13:51

    Not sure about this one, if you open up the hills for hillwalking then I'll give you back your golf course - until then I'm walking over it every morning. I'd rather hillwalk.
  • Posted by Rustynail May 05, 2020 at 13:51

    I'm retired and golf six days a week and I see no problem with playing two-ball games and easily maintaining social distancing. I played two days before lockdown and partner and I had no problem with this concept. However, I do not expect clubhouses to reopen for some time but there is no problem golfing. With the course being closed there are plenty of people out walking (also with dogs) and cycling on the course and if this is permissable then so to should golf.
  • Posted by Pat May 05, 2020 at 13:53

    Many of your papers and information support outdoor activities as being beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing provided social distancing can be maintained.
    Golf is an ideal sport, with certain adjustments, where social distancing can be maintained and early consideration should be given to opening up golf courses.
  • Posted by amckerr May 05, 2020 at 13:53

    Excellent idea - lets get it done.
  • Posted by Robert134 May 05, 2020 at 16:57

    Would be an excellent idea to open golf courses to golfers. At the moment it is open to walkers and dog walkers. Golf can very easily comply with social distancing requirements and would benefit an awful lot of people with a healthy outdoor activity.
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