Golf is set for a restricted return in Wales amidst ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the recent Welsh Government announcements on the lockdown, which did include a revision of certain Covid-19 related restrictions, golf clubs are permitted to open if they so wish as a form of exercise.
Entirely at each golf club’s discretion as to whether they choose to open, the lifting of restrictions is a welcomed call for many who use golf as a form of workout, and one they will be able to pick up again if their club should choose to do re-open.
Golf in Wales has always been a popular sport and choice of pass time, and the move, with its restrictions for keeping people safe, has largely been seen as a positive one in the golfing community.
Wales Golf, the organisation in charge of all professional golfing related activity in Wales has advised that clubs that do wish to re-open do not do so immediately until they can ensure they have sufficient protocols in place to adhere to restricted guidelines from the Welsh government. They have said that by ensuring that club’s adhere to this advice, it would:
‘…allow for a managed and co-ordinated reintroduction of golf across Wales from next Monday 18 May at the earliest.’
Those looking to view the latest guidance from the Welsh Government on leaving home to exercise can be accessed by going here.
They have also issued an infographic that highlights what players should do in order to return to the golf courses up and down the country, should they choose to open. This infographic can be seen below in what they are calling the ‘Back2Golf Stay Safe‘ guidance.
Under the Back2Golf initiative, only clubs registered as businesses or premises will be allowed to open. Golfers are encouraged to minimise their need to use facilities when on-site and must continue to practice good social and physical distancing.
Those who are thinking of re-starting golf in Wales, and want to know more about the regulations put in place are encouraged to read the following Guidance for Playing Golf in Wales and UK Under COVID-19 Restrictions document.
At Quality Cottages, whilst at the time of writing, we don’t recommend traveling to golf clubs outside of the specific regulations allowed, we do have a number of fantastic holiday homes up and down the country that are close to golf courses. For example, check out Hafod Wen, which sits in a high rise position overlooking the fantastic Royal St. Davids Golf Course in Harlech.
Certainly one to put on the bucket list, for when times return to normal.