England Golf is said to be "extremely disappointed" that golf courses will not be reopening until Monday March 29.
The country's golf governing body made its feelings be known in a statement this evening after learning the details of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new roadmap out of lockdown.
"England Golf is extremely disappointed that the scientific evidence presented to government detailing how the sport can be played in a Covid-secure manner has not resulted in a return to play date earlier than 29 March," read a statement by England Golf.
"We will now examine the details of the government’s roadmap before making further comment and working with our community of clubs, counties and golfers to prepare for the game’s safe return."
END OF LOCKDOWN ROADMAP: GOLF COURSES REOPEN MARCH 29
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, of which England Golf is a member, also issued a statement.
"Industry bodies involved with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf awaited today’s announcement from the prime minister with great interest," read a statement by the APPG.
"Boris Johnson has now confirmed that golf will be included in the first wave of sports able to return once the national legal requirements to stay at home end on 29 March.
"A meeting of the APPG with industry bodies is scheduled to take place this Wednesday (24 February) to consider the impact of the statement on the sport in England, and the full details are now being reviewed by the industry bodies, specifically the impact of the different levels on different aspects of golf including playing, coaching, retail, and club fitting, as well the implications for driving ranges and practice facilities.
"Members are encouraged to review England Golf’s website for further details and updates. All premises are encouraged to ensure risk assessments and action plans comply with local guidance ahead of the restart."