Erewash Golf Course open once again as sport resumes

Golf courses across Nottinghamshire have begun to reopen for business.

Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 1:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 1:52 pm
A golfer tees off following the reopening of Erewash Golf Course

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light for courses to reopen on Wednesday during a weekend address to the nation.

It means golf clubs can re-open as long as social distancing guidelines are complied with – with courses up and down the country expected to reopen gradually in the coming weeks.

Under the new government rules the following groupings will be permitted upon resumption of play:

Individuals playing golf on their own, two-balls comprising of individuals from different households.

At the discretion of the golf club, members of the same household playing in two, three or four-balls.

New restrictions facing golfers will also include the removal of on-course items such as rakes, ball-retrievers, benches and bins and the closure of practice areas.

A minimum 10 minute interval between tee times will be introduced, a booking system introduced to ensure the safety of staff and golfers and the closure of clubhouse and locker room facilities.

Golfers must also keep two metres apart at teeing areas.

A statement released by England Golf said: “It is important to stress that this remains an extremely difficult situation throughout the UK and we are acutely aware that many lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The effects of the virus will continue to be felt for a long time to come.

“As a sport we must work together to resume play responsibly as and when the relevant Government determines it is safe to do so.

“We must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from golfers, to club staff and greenkeepers is maintained at all times.

“Golf clubs and golfers have observed the lockdown very well and must keep it up and act responsibly as play resumes.

“We recently provided documents giving guidance on operations and resuming play and golf clubs should consider this carefully as they restart their businesses.

“We also provided Essential Maintenance Guidelines to help greenkeepers to prepare their courses for play.

“We fully appreciate the huge amount of expertise that exists within golf clubs throughout the country and this best practice guidance simply aims to achieve as consistent an approach as possible to protecting everyone.

“We are seeking further clarification from the Government regarding other golf-related facilities.

“The pandemic has already had a substantial impact on golf clubs and venues and the focus will soon turn to trying to recover from the crisis.

“As a group we will continue to do all we can to provide support and guidance in that effort.”

England Golf has also announced a number of key decisions relating to all of our championships and wider golfing activities.

All championship and performance events up until week commencing 27 July have been postponed with a revised and provisional schedule now in place.

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