Irish golf courses to reopen from Tuesday, December 1st

Irish golf courses can reopen from next Tuesday, December 1st, as the Government eases Covid-19 social distancing restrictions nationwide.

Golfers can return to the fairways of courses inside their own county – and can travel to another county to play from December 18th to January 6th.

Tee times must be booked in advance and social distancing rules such as no rakes in bunkers will be in play.

Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of eight, nine or 10-minute intervals.

If clubs choose eight-minute intervals, play is restricted to two golfers per start time.

If clubs choose nine minutes, up to three golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time.

Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said: “The golf community is pleased that courses can reopen from Tuesday next. Golfers welcome the opportunity to resume play on a responsible and safe basis, as they did during the May to October period.

“The governing bodies are issuing renewed guidance to our member clubs today and we strongly urge all golfers to continue to fully adhere to these protocols which are aimed at keeping golf and the wider community safe while the Covid-19 pandemic remains such a serious threat.

“We also ask golfers to fully comply with the wider public health restrictions, particularly the travel restrictions that will remain in place until 18th December.

“Earlier this year, Irish golf demonstrated how our sport could be enjoyed by women and men of all ages in a safe and secure environment. As golf resumes, we hope that golfers enjoy their play but continue to be vigilant in adhering to the safety protocols”.

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