Wednesday 13 May, the government will also allow outdoor sports facilities – such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and bowling greens – to open, but you should only use these alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart at all times.
Dail Mail from 14:53 today, make of it what you will...............
"When they're outdoors can they play sports?
Yes, but again this must be limited to doing so only with members of your own household.
Tennis courts and golf clubs could reopen in England from Wednesday, so long as social distancing measures are enforced.
Other permitted activities will include water sports and angling. "
Interesting that a lot of you are discussing possible limitations, and restrictions on tee availability.
I have no clue what the demand is going to be, but as a starting point:
1. Typical midweek traffic on the course (i.e. when most people are at work) = quiet
2. Less all societies and visitors = even more quiet
3. Less all those shielding (including those not prepared to "risk it" yet) = large demographic of midweek golfers
4. Plus those on furlough + c.20% of workforce
I'm not sure there will be a huge strain on tee times during the week (apart from an initial frenzy this week).
Come the weekend, however, that's a completely different story. You'd expect the course to be packed with 3 balls and 4 balls at this time of year. Fitting everyone in 2 balls is going to leave many disappointed.
Latest Daily Mail 17:24
'The document also corrected another blunder overnight, stating clearly that people are able to play outdoor sports such as tennis or golf with one other person from another household. '
The UK Government has today provided clarification on outdoor recreation and rules on social distancing in England.
These will affect how golf can be played from Wednesday 13 May and, in particular, the configuration of groupings on a golf course.
Under new government rules released today (11 May), 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.
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times.
Government stipulates: “Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household; good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance. People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish.
“You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household. People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.”
Further clarification is being sought from government relating to the opening of professional shops and driving ranges as well as the carrying out of club fitting and coaching sessions.
The following organisations have come together to help golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis and, through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, to work with Government to promote safe golf:
The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.