Scotland: Club bars being ‘killed’ by drink drive lawsJanuary 8, 2015 Golf News
Changes to legal alcohol limits having knock-on effect in hard-up clubs.
It’s one of golfs longest traditions, but changes to drink-drive limits in Scotland have resigned the post-round pint to the history books, with clubs reporting drops in alcohol sales by as much as 70 per cent.
Strict rules came into force on December 5 which limit the men to less than a pint of alcohol, and the change is said to be hitting clubs hard.
Whereas golfers would previously finish a round with an alcoholic drink in the clubhouse, they are now choosing to either have a hot drink or forgoing a trip to the bar completely.
Allan Shaw is president of the Lothian Golf Association and he said “This is certainly a threat to the existence of clubs. They are struggling for membership and this is yet another challenge.”
Anyone caught drink-driving in Scotland now faces a driving ban of at least a year and up to six months in jail.
‘This is yet another challenge’ A Scottish Government spokeswoman said drink-driving puts lives at risks and the advice is therefore for people not to have any alcohol at all. She added: “Alcohol at any level will affect your ability to drive.”
However, Duncan Hay, bar manager at Haddington, said he had seen a drop in alcohol sales of around 70 per cent as players opt against a post-round pint. He said: “I can go a day without serving any alcohol. People know police are out patrolling and are being extra careful.”