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England Golf Confirms Return of Three and Fourball Golf

Since golf returned in England, play has largely been restricted to singles and pairings between members of two households, but following the next stage of UK Government phased loosening of lockdown, England Golf has now confirmed that three and four balls may resume at courses in England between members of up to four households read more ...


Non-Club Golfers React to Tee Time Availability & Green Fee Prices

Golf is now back across the UK, ushering in stories of unprecedented demand, packed courses, an influx of new members joining, and restrictions in light of safety measures. But how has it gone for non-club members? We surveyed nearly 1,000 of them, canvassing their views on the difficulties of securing tee times, whether green fees have been increased, and what they hope the future holds. read more ...


Golf Quiz #6 - How Much Do You Know About The US Open?

In the 125 years since it began, the US Open has become a distinctive part of the golf calendar, renowned for the exacting test that the organisers present to challenge the world's best -  examining both the skill and mental strength of the competitors - to identify a fitting champion. Likewise, it will be a stringent assessment of your golf knowledge to see how you navigate our latest quiz! read more ...


Discover the UK Swing Venues

Reminiscent of the European Tour's formative days in the 1970s and 80s, the circuit will spend an extended period across the United Kingdom this summer courtesy of the newly unveiled 'UK Swing' of tournaments, showcasing several courses that haven't been seen on TV for years. We take a closer look at each of the venues you'll see this July and August. read more ...


New Members Flood Back To Golf - But Will It Last

Golf clubs across the UK have reported a surge in new members, a much welcome boost, but can that positive momentum be maintained into the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at how venues are adapting to take advantage of this opportunity and transform the revival into a longer-term benefit. read more ...


Falling in Love With Golf Again

Since the game resumed from lockdown restrictions, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has been playing at his new club, Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, alongside his son, Alex, an experience that has reignited his love for the game during these difficult times, serving us as a reminder why golf remains magical. read more ...


Home On The Range ... The Day I Hit 200 Golf Balls

I DID it. I went out and hit golf balls - 200 of them, to be precise. And before any of you start thinking that I have completely lost my game I should stress that the balls were hit at my local driving range in Ipswich. read more ...


8 Reasons Why The Match 2 Was a Success

Raising millions for COVID-19 relief efforts, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson reunited for a charitable sequel to The Match, joined by NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, which could have been drowned out by the heavy rainfall, but the players were nonetheless able to provide a spectacle that many viewers found thoroughly entertaining, surpassing expectations. Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook shares his thoughts on why the event was a success. read more ...


5 Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK

During the shutdown period, many of us spent a reflective time imagining the future, considering the places that we most want to experience once a sense of normality returns. We asked Golfshake Ambassadors to identify their Top 5 Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK, looking for the courses that they haven't yet played, but sincerely hope to do so. read more ...


Golf to Resume in Scotland From May 29

Since March 23, the iconic courses of the Home of Golf have lain dormant, but two months on, the ancient game has finally been given the green light to resume in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had outlined the Scottish Government's phased route from lockdown, beginning next week, part of which saw a relaxation on physical activities, golf included among them.  read more ...


Golf Clubs Ensure Confidence With Safety Guidelines

Following the loosening of lockdown restrictions, golf clubs had a responsibility to deliver the game safely, introducing protocols and guidelines, providing confidence to their members and visitors. The Springs and Kilnwick Percy, both part of the Darwin Escapes group, are fine examples on the importance of communication, clarity and careful planning. read more ...


Unattached Golfers Express Willingness to Join Clubs

Golf clubs throughout England have experienced an unprecedented level of demand for tee times since venues reopened, but they have also seen a great interest in memberships, with reports across the country of increased applications hitting the desks of club managers since the game resumed, a trend supported by Golfshake Survey data. read more ...


How Golf Can Help Your Mental Wellbeing

It is Mental Health Awareness Week and never have we been more aware of our mental health than we are right now. Golf is known to be a hugely benefical activity for improving your mental wellbeing, but just how effective can it be? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the positive impact that the game has on mental and physical health. read more ...


Beef Finds a Road to Happiness

Andrew "Beef" Johnston quickly became a crowd favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, but spotlight brought a pressure that proved damaging to the Englishman's mental health. Now, he is speaking out on the challenges he faced, and the progress that has been made. read more ...


English Golfers Search For Tee Times in Record Numbers

Golf courses in England reopened last Wednesday, unsurprisingly seeing a huge demand for tee times, but that unprecedented rush has now been illustrated by statistics from GOLFNOW, which show that the appetite for golf has been left undiminished by the shutdown. read more ...


Ready, Steady, Golf!

Golf is back throughout much of the UK & Ireland, but due to social distancing restrictions, the game isn't quite what we knew, two-balls are mandatory, clubhouses are closed, and those post-round drinks are a thing of memory. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken a fantastical gaze ahead, looking forward to a day when full normality returns. read more ...


Forgotten Golfers Seek Guidance

Thousands of golfers have now returned to their courses across England and Wales, but that has not happened for blind and partially sighted golfers who require a guide, something not possible under social distancing guidelines. Writing on behalf of the England and Wales Blind Golf Association, Steve Killick describes the importance that the game plays in the lives of this community of golfers. read more ...


How to Find a Golf Tee Time This Week

Golf has resumed in England, Wales and Ireland, but with tee times limited and restricted, it can be a challenge to secure a spot, particularly for non-club golfers. However, there are some options available. We have rounded up many of the current tee times for this week, broken down across regions. read more ...


I Have Itchy Feet to Start Playing Golf Again

Last week, Golfshake's Derek Clements wrote a piece on why he didn't feel the urge to return to the golf course, despite the game resuming in England, but now, following a range of positive and supportive comments from readers, he is beginning to feel that itch to start playing again. read more ...


Lockdown Update: I Just Don't Feel Comfortable Jogging Now

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest update from life in lockdown, describing frustrations with government messaging as the country slowly moves to reopen, and why he no longer feels comfortable jogging in the street. read more ...


Golf Has a Chance to Grasp That May Never Come Again

English golfers have been flocking back to their courses in huge numbers, but not everyone is happy, and many non-club members haven't been able to play. However, Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that this unique time presents an incredible opportunity for the game to revitalise memberships and draw in new players. read more ...


Golfers Thoughts On Golf Being Back With Restrictions

Golf is back in England, but things aren't quite as we knew them, restrictions are in place, established potentially for months ahead, limiting tee times, enforcing social distancing, and shutting down clubhouse access. But what do the golfers themselves think about all this? Before play resumed, we asked them. read more ...


Golf Quiz #5 - How Much Do You Know About The Masters?

Since it was founded in 1934, the Masters has become an iconic fixture on the sporting calender, defining many of the most unforgettable moments, shots and victories in golf. But how much do you really know about the event, its champions, records and past? Have a go at our latest quiz and see how you get on. read more ...


Golfers in England React to First Rounds Back

The game we all love returned in England on Wednesday, not exactly golf as we know it, but golf nevertheless. But how did it go? We asked some of our ambassadors a series of questions, gathering their reaction to the experience of playing again, from booking to social distancing and course conditions. read more ...


Golfer Makes Hole in One With First Shot Back After Lockdown

The magic of golf, the lure that always makes us come back for more, is that the next shot you play could your best. For Ed Sandison, that took on an entirely unexpected level of significance on the day that courses reopened across England, playing at Styal Golf Club, Ed celebrated his return to the game by making the first hole-in-one of his life. read more ...


England Welcomes Back Golf

It had been seven weeks since the last official golf shot was played at an English course, so it was no great surprise to witness the excitement expressed by the thousands of golfers who ventured back onto the fairways this Wednesday after clubs reopened for doors. read more ...


What Golfers Expect From Return of Golf

Before The R&A and England Golf announced that the game would resume this week, Golfshake surveyed 1,200 golfers on the potential return of the sport, specifically on what changes they expected to see implemented at courses.  read more ...


Why I Won't Be Joining the Rush to the First Tee

Golfers in England are returning to their courses this week, but Golfshake's Derek Clements won't be among them. Offering a perspective that some may be quietly feeling themselves, he explains in this feature why, for the moment, despite loving and missing the game, golf just isn't for him right now. read more ...


The Massive Challenges Facing Golf Clubs as Doors Reopen

Golf clubs in the UK had been wrestling with many challenges before and during the coronavirus lockdown, but now with play returning in England, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the issues that venues will face during reopening with limited revenue available. read more ...


Welsh Golf Courses Can Reopen From Monday

Reviewing the latest guidance from the Welsh Government, Wales Golf has now presented further details for golf clubs, opening the door for them to reopen from next Monday, May 18, but a decision that remains entirely at their discretion, with travel restrictions in place. read more ...


Golf To Resume In England - But What Does That Mean?

Following Boris Johnson's Sunday announcement of changes to lockdown measures in England, the golf industry sought further clarification from government, with courses permitted to reopen from Wednesday. There had been initial confusion, but now more detail has been revealed jointly by the governing bodies, including The R&A and England Golf. read more ...


Golf's Return - Am I The Only One Who Is Confused?

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday, golf has been given the green light to return in England, but that announcement has caught the industry by surprise, leading to much confusion and search for clarity within the governing bodies and clubs. Golfshake's Derek Clements feels just like them. read more ...


How to Get Ready for Return of Golf

Golfers will likely be feeling a little rusty after the game was sidelined during the initial period of lockdown, but to help them get ready for the reopening of courses, Golfshake has a vast library of content that should help golfers to dust off those neglected clubs and themselves to make the most of golf's return. read more ...


Golf Courses to Reopen in England From Wednesday

Golfers have been unable to play their beloved courses since March 23, but that is now set to change in England from Wednesday, May 13, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on the next stage of lockdown, which has green lighted the return of a range of physical activities, including golf. read more ...


Golf Ireland Sets Out Roadmap For Return Of Play

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) has announced how the sport is going to look when it returns on May 18 as part of a five-phase plan for golf's return in Ireland. read more ...


How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Impact Golf Club Memberships

Golf continues to go through historically testing times, but looking at the wider impact on memberships for clubs, Golfshake has surveyed core golfers, highlighting their willingness to support venues, but also presenting opportunities that could emerge in the future once a sense of normality returns. read more ...


Golf Quiz #4 - How Much Do You Know About The Open?

Staged across many of the finest links courses in the United Kingdom, The Open is golf's most prestigious event, the most distinctive, and the one that has the biggest international reach. But how much do you know about the championship? Have a go at our latest quiz and see test your knowledge. read more ...


Slope Rating - What Does It Actually Mean

Ahead of the World Handicap System being introduced this year, golfers had raised concerns about understanding the changes, specifically the slope rating system. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains what the slope rating is and how this will affect your handicap from November for golf club members. read more ...


Are These the Issues Golf Clubs Still Need to Address

Golf clubs have made significant strides during the past decade to address concerns raised by the wider community of golfers, working hard to deliver a contemporary product that reflects the times, but continuing analysis of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, responded to by over 3,500, there are several key issues that need tackled in the future. read more ...


Golf's Return Edges a Step Closer

First it was Ireland that announced it was reopening its golf courses. And now courses in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey have also allowed golfers back on the course, with restrictions, a development that advances the sentiment that a return of the game in the UK is expected sooner rather than later. read more ...


When is Golf Coming Back - Golfers Have Their Say

Rumour and speculation has intensified in recent days that golf could soon return in some manner in the UK, but providing a wide range of perspectives, Golfshake launched a survey to gather the views of golfers, on when they believe the game will resume, what form it will take, and what they hope will happen in the weeks and months ahead. read more ...


The Positive Opportunities for Golf to Embrace

As we eagerly await news of the opening up of our golf courses, Golfshake's Andy Picken has been reflecting on the opportunity for the how game could thrive in the future with a progressive and flexible approach. read more ...


An Idiot's Guide to Golf

For the benefit of new golfers and those who should already know better, Golfshake's Derek Clements, with tongue firmly in cheek, has presented his idiot's guide to the game, which is a handy reminder for everyone. read more ...


Ireland Ready To Open Courses Again - When Will The UK Follow Suit?

Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the latest announcement which could mark the return of golf in Ireland on the 18th May and assesses when golf may return to the UK. read more ...


Just When It Was All Going So Well .... Catastrophe!

Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on week 4 of his lockdown fitness kick. How this entails more than just jogging and how he is reviewing what he eats, all for the better in terms of mind, body and soul. read more ...


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