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The UK Government updated their stance on the National Lockdown on 22 February to include the ‘roadmap to return’.

This roadmap out of lockdown included the re-opening of golf courses from no earlier than 29 March 2021. This date is wholly contingent on the data supplied to government and is subject to change if the government’s four tests are not met.

When the government allows play to resume, the England Golf ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ protocols for playing the game should be referenced by all golfers and golf clubs.

Clubs/facilities should adhere to the guidelines provided when courses re-open for play. These protocols are regularly updated to reflect current government and industry regulations.

These have been published to assist clubs/facilities in providing as safe an environment as they can. Failure to follow this guidance may leave clubs/facilities open to enforcement action from local authorities and/or Police, or subject to disciplinary procedures from England Golf.

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

Playing the game

(last updated 1 March 2021)

Clubs are also able to download the shareable resources below; a Play Safe poster and Play Safe timeline infographic, which they are free to distribute around their facility and on their digital media channels to help increase the knowledge of the updated protocols.