When will golf courses reopen in the UK? – The Sun

GOLF courses all over the UK have been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, along with most other sports.

As the nation waits with baited breath for the latest on lockdown restrictions, will golf courses be allowed to reopen?

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When will UK golf courses reopen after lock-down?

There has been no set date as to when golf courses will be open to the public again.

Despite this, there have been hints by the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, that golf may be one of the sports resumed again before a host of others.

He said that his department is 'gathering evidence' on which sports can be played while respecting social distancing safely, and that golf was one of these sports being discussed.

There has been a growing number of calls for golf clubs to be opened up again to its members.

Former Scottish councillor, David May, has said the reasoning behind closing most institutions to combat Covid-19 does not apply to golf because distancing comes naturally to the sport.

He has been one of the people most vocal about clubs re-opening and has joined a petition on Change.org, along with 4,500 others, asking the UK government to allow golfers to play again.

The petition's founder Daniel Palmer, told THECOURIER.co.uk: "This is no different from walking in a park or field, I risk my life everyday still going to work and going to the supermarket once a week, but I am not allowed to walk and play a round of golf in the open air, this doesn’t make sense under the current exercise allowance.”

Although there has been no official dates given for golf's return, there has been a few whispers from well-known golf sources that a return of the sport is imminent.

The BBC’s  golf correspondent Iain Carter, tweeted from his account;

Last month, there had been pressure on the government from campaigners to let the vacant golf spaces be used by members of the public for exercise.

Are golf courses reopening in Ireland?

Yes, golf courses are reopening again in Ireland.

Despite the on-going coronavirus lockdown, Golf Ireland has confirmed that its courses will be open on a restricted basis from May 18, 2020.

A statement released by Golf Ireland said: "In the initial stage, play will be for members only and competitions will not be permitted."

This announcement comes after the Irish government said that 'some outdoor sporting activities will be allowed.'

Have golf courses reopened in other countries?

Golf courses around the world are beginning to open again.

Courses in Portugal and New Zealand have already been opened.

The French Golf Federation has announced that its courses will also be re-opening on May 11, with restrictions expected to be lifted on the same day in Switzerland and Spain.

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