Ireland outlines 5-phase plan for safe resumption of golf

Golf is set to return in Ireland from May 18...

Andy Roberts's picture
Sat, 9 May 2020

The Golfing Union of Ireland has released a five-phase plan for the safe return of golf in the Republic of Ireland.

Golf Ireland last week confirmed that its golf courses will reopen for play on a "restricted basis" from May 18 despite the coronavirus lockdown.

The news comes after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's announcement that "some outdoor sporting activities will be allowed."

According to the new five-phase guidelines for golf in Ireland, club members will be able to play in three-balls at 14-minute intervals between groups, two-balls at 12-minute intervals and individuals at 10-minute intervals. 

Phase one includes "casual golf" in no more than groups of three players, and only golfers that live within 5km of their club will be allowed to play.

Phase two will then begin on June 8, where players who live 20km from their club will be allowed to play. This will see club competitions return.

Phase three will then see open competitions return from June 29. 

Tee times for all five phases will need to be booked in advance online or by telephone. 

"As one of the first sports to be allowed to resume, there is a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner," the Unions said in a statement.

"Full adherence to the provisions of this protocol is absolutely essential.


"It should be noted that the Government continues to monitor the situation closely and have not ruled out the reintroduction of restrictions which could see golf clubs closed once again if the protocol is not followed."

Clubhouses will remain closed with pro-shops opening for check-ins, while locker rooms will reopen for retrieval of golf equipment. Toilet facilities will also reopen.

Northern Ireland was looking to join Ireland with a restart on May 18, but this has not yet been decided by the UK Government and the NI Executive.

You can check out the full set of guidelines for golf's safe resumption in Ireland here



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