Now golf is reopening, how will your round look different to before? We've pulled together a handy guide
There were three sets of guidelines issued last week by various governing and professional bodies about what will be different on golf reopening – and now have a date it’s worth taking this all on board.
First came the joint statement from the PGA, BGIA, BIGGA, GCMA, Foremost, TGI, and the UK Golf Federation, then the R&A released their version, followed later by England Golf’s guidance. It was a lot of information to take in in just one day.
And while my much more learned colleague Steve Carroll expertly pieced it all together, I went through it all and pulled out a handful of dos and don’ts for you – the golfer – to stick to when we eventually can get out and play again.
Golf reopening dos and don’ts: Pre-round
+ DO book your tee time online, or through whatever system your club decides to use
– DON’T forget to get changed into your golf attire at home and put your shoes on in the car
+ DO eat before you get to the club – the kitchen won’t be open to make you a bacon roll, remember!
– DON’T arrive at the club earlier than 10-15 minutes prior to your tee time
+ DO wait your turn to go on the putting green – those next on the tee have priority
Golf reopening dos and don’ts: During the round
+ DO stay two metres apart at all time
– DON’T go onto the 1st tee until it is your time to play, ensuring 10-minute gaps between groups
+ DO follow any special routing laid out by your club
– DON’T play in groups of more than two
+ DO be respectful of the condition of the course – the greenkeeping staff have been under tremendous strain during the lockdown period
– DON’T touch anything other than your clubs and ball – this includes flagsticks, bunker rakes, ball washers, stakes, and your playing partner’s equipment
+ DO be careful of wandering towards an adjacent fairway and potentially other golfers in search of an errant drive
Golf reopening dos and don’ts: Post-round
+ DO mark and sign your own card – or follow whatever system your club decides to use
– DON’T shake hands or hang around after your round – head straight to your car
And most importantly…
+ DO play safe, stay safe.
Remember – stick to these rules, and golf reopening in full will happen quicker than you think.
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