The game's governing body has put together a substantial aid package aiming to help clubs and facilities come through the pandemic

The R&A have launched a £7 million funding package to help golf deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund will be “largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland”.

Chief executive Martin Slumbers said the R&A had a “responsibility to do what we can to help in such a crisis”.

The fund will help associations support clubs and facilities, with the governing body acknowledging that “with the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in domestic and international travel, many golf clubs and facilities are facing serious financial difficulties”.

Some of the money could also be used for other activities considered to be key to the future health of the sport.

Slumbers said: “The pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on golf and many clubs are facing dire financial situations through no fault of their own.

“Golf is in our DNA and we want to see the sport continue to thrive from grassroots right through to the top level on the professional tours. We have a responsibility to do what we can to help in such a crisis.

“The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund will enable national associations and other key bodies to provide support to some of their members. We know that many challenges lie ahead but club golf is the bedrock of our sport and hopefully this fund will help to begin the process of recovery.”

An R&A statement said the body was working with national associations and other selected organisations on communications, with each body being responsible for controlling and allocating its share.

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