Golf to Resume in Wales This Weekend
It's the news that golfers in Wales have been desperately waiting to hear - and it has now been confirmed that the game will resume from this weekend, Saturday 13th March, following a relaxing of lockdown restrictions announced by the Welsh Government.
Stay at home rules are to be replaced by a requirement to stay local (essentially within five miles) with up to four adults from two households allowed to meet outdoors.
Wales Golf has commented on the unlocking of measures, stating that: "Golf will be able to be played with a maximum of four people from two households (Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit.). No society golf bookings should take place until further notice."
The statement continues: "Currently, clubhouse facilities, locker rooms and professional shops must remain closed. However, toilets and washrooms are permitted. Therefore, controlled access to toilets will be required. Clubs must ensure toilets are regularly cleaned and well managed to minimise the risk of the transmission of the virus."
Outdoor coaching will be permitted, while outdoor driving ranges may re-open, but that will require confirmation from a local authority.
The governing body is also "encouraging clubs to re-start reciprocal arrangements where appropriate, with members being able to play at other clubs close to their homes while the ‘stay local’ rule is in place."
It's great news for golfers in Wales - and we hope that members of the Golfshake Community have the opportunity to take full advantage of this quickfire return of the sport.
Elsewhere, golf is back in England from Monday 29th March, while in Scotland, where the game has stayed open, fourball golf has resumed but travel restrictions remain in place. The Northern Irish lockdown was recently extended until April 1.
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