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The UK Government announced that golf could safely resume in England on Wednesday 13 May 2020 and after an additional announcement on Thursday 28 May 2020 the following groupings are allowed to play:

  • Individuals playing golf on their own
  • Two-balls, three-balls or 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.

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.

Clubs/facilities should adhere to the guidelines provided. 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 14 October 2020

Local lockdowns

Please note: golfers in areas of local lockdown should refer to government channels for latest updates. Clubs requiring support and advice during times of local lockdown should contact their Club Support Officer.


Further comprehensive support documents can also be found on dedicated topics listed below:

Supporting frameworks

Opening your Clubhouse
Championships best practice guidelines
Operational guidance framework
Volunteers framework
Business support framework
Preparing your facility framework
Communications framework