Please note: This article about playing fourballs is from the first lockdown. Click here for the February 2021 update.
They’ve had to be patient, but golfers in Scotland can finally resume their fourballs after Scottish Golf gave the green light.
Three and fourball play returned in England on June 1 after prime minister Boris Johnson – outlining easing to coronavirus lockdown restrictions – paved the way by saying groups of up to six would be able to meet outside.
Scotland followed suit on July 10, with clubs able to offer indoor hospitality “subject to maintaining physical distancing and appropriate hygiene routines” from July 15. Face coverings must be worn by members of the public when entering professional shops and retail facilities.
In a letter to member clubs, Scottish Golf chief operating officer Karin Sharp said: “At this time there remains no change in stance on the playing of competitive golf, with only club competition permitted despite the relaxation of travel restrictions.
“This decision is consistent across all sports and is based on the continuing premise that we are operating under an extension of exercise and not a return to sport.
“All clubs are asked to continue to respect the government position in this regard and not seek to jeopardise the image or trust in the golfing community by overlooking this key aspect that is applicable across all amateur sports that are currently operating.”
Meanwhile, clubs in Wales can allow three and fourballs from July 13.
Wales Golf said outdoor group coaching sessions can restart safely while following the Welsh Government and industry guidelines.
The body also announced food and beverage can resume operating an outdoor service only providing they follow Welsh government advice including Test, Trace, Protect.
England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf all say club competitions can be held “provided social distancing and safety regulations can be strictly observed at all times” while all three recommend a minimum 10-minute interval between tee times.
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