Subject to the government confirming this week that Phase 2 can commence under the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, the GUI and ILGU have announced details of how golf will operate from June 8th.

Golf ’s Protocol, in Phase 2, will be relaxed slightly to permit clubs to include four-balls on their timesheets.

It will also extend the number of people permitted to play by including Members guests as well as the members themselves.

Other visitors to a club are not yet permitted but are scheduled to be so in phase three.

This phase will also see the re-introduction of competitive golf and all clubs have been issued guidance on running competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task of administering competitions, performed by volunteer committee members, may be more labour intensive in the current circumstances. Golfers must be mindful, as a result, that additional time is likely to be required to finalise results and update handicaps.

Outdoor group activities can also resume during this phase and the process of reintroducing junior activity to golf clubs is included in the updated Protocol.

The Protocol sets out the basis on which golf can be played in a safe manner, during Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap.

Golfers are expected to observe the underlying public health guidance, including travel restrictions, set out by the HSE.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, the two Golf Governing bodies said that:

“As we enter Phase 2 of the phased re-introduction of golf, there remains a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.”

“Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential. Golf is in the very privileged position to have been allowed to resume at this stage and this return has been based on the sport being able to demonstrate to government that it can take place in a safe, socially distant manner.”

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