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The UK Government announced that golf could safely resume in England on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Under government rules of 11 May, the following groupings are currently permitted:

  • Individuals playing golf on their own
  • Two-balls comprising of individuals from same or different households

After a government update on 28 May, the following additional groupings will be allowed from Monday 1 June:

  • Three-balls comprising of individuals from same or different households
  • Four-balls comprising of individuals from same or different households

England Golf has produced a series of ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ guidelines to enable our golfers, clubs and counties to enjoy golf’s return.

The five areas covered in comprehensive detail are as follows:

  • Communications
  • Volunteers
  • Business Support
  • Preparing your facility
  • Playing the game

We have built a robust framework for clubs and continue to collaborate with the other home nations, The R&A and industry associations to ensure a responsible and organised return to playing the game.

Guidance may require to be re-issued as government measures to combat COVID-19 are reviewed and updated.


England Golf has worked with The R&A, home nations, PGA and other industry associations to provide the following two guidance documents for everyone involved in the game nationally

Playing the game framework

Operational guidance framework


England Golf has also developed comprehensive support documents to help clubs prepare for when it is safe for golf to return


Volunteers framework

Business support framework

Preparing your facility framework

Communications framework