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Golf Courses to re-open in Wales

WALES Golf is looking forward to seeing golfers back on the fairways from tomorrow (Saturday, March 13).

The Welsh Government will lift the ‘stay at home’ requirements in Wales from Saturday 13th and replace it with ‘stay local’.

“The overarching stay-at-home restriction will be replaced with a new, interim stay local rule in Wales. This will mean people can leave their homes and travel within their local area – usually within five miles – but this will be flexible, particularly for people who live in rural areas and for those whose nearest shops and public services are further away.”

If the infection rates continue to decrease, the stay local rule may be lifted on March 27.

Wales Golf is 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. We are awaiting further guidance on travel restrictions for individuals with a registered disability.

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.

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.

Subject to confirmation at a later review, all shops, including close contact services, may be able to re-open on the 12th of April.  Click and collect services can still operate but collections must take place from a shop entrance or side entrance and not from inside a shop.

Outdoor coaching can resume with up to four people from two households, inclusive of the coach (Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit). Organised children’s activities outdoors may be able to restart from March 27.

Outdoor driving ranges may be able to re-open. However, facilities must check with their Local Authority prior to opening. All Facilities must conduct full risk assessments.

Wales Golf has worked constructively with Welsh Government and Sport Wales over recent weeks in preparation for today’s positive announcement.

The full Wales Golf club guidance can be found here

Read the Welsh Government Press Release here

Read the changes to the regulations here