England Golf have compiled a series of FAQs as we prepare to welcome golfers back from Monday 29th March.
All FAQs and guidance reflect government regulations put in place for the resumption of golf in England on Monday 29 March.
Please note: All dates in this document are indicative and may be subject to further government change.
PLAYING THE GAME:
Q – What is the permitted format for groupings when golf returns?
A – From 29 March, golfers will have the choice of playing in groups of up to four players.
Q – Do golfers need to nominate designated individuals from outside their household to play golf with or can they play with different people each time they tee up?
A – Golfers may choose a different playing partner or partners every time they tee it up. Social distancing rules must be observed at all times and golfers should be mindful of the increased risk by widening the scope of their social contacts.
Q – Can clubs run competitions?
A – When golf returns, clubs may choose to run club and open competitions provided all social distancing and safety rules are strictly observed.
Q- What is the government advice on travel from 29 March?
A-The government advises that people should minimise travel from this date and golfers should bear this in mind when selecting venues for play.
Q- What rules are in place to deal with fixed flagsticks and play from bunkers that are not being raked?
A- During the period of COVID-19 restrictions, CONGU has provided clarity on the rules for the purposes of handicap qualifying competitions and supplementary scores. Find the details here
Q – Can buggies and trolleys be used?
A – Where they are hired, individuals can use trolleys. These should not be shared.
Individuals or members of the same household/bubble can use/share buggies. Equipment for hire will be sanitised before and after each use.
Q – Can pro shops open?
A – Pro shops can reopen from 12 April. Face coverings must be worn inside shops (exemptions apply).
Q – Can clubhouses reopen for access to indoor bar and catering facilities?
A – Food and drink, including sale of alcohol, can be served outdoors in accordance with the rule of six from 12 April. Table service only.
Q – Do golf clubs have to collect contact details for ‘track and trace’?
A- Golf clubs are legally obliged from Monday 14 September, 2020 to collect details of those entering the clubhouse. These details must be stored, in compliance with GDPR, for 21 days and be made available should track and trace be required. Clubs/ facilities can display an official NHS QR Code for track and trace purposes as an alternative option to collecting details in writing.
Q – What are the rules on wearing face coverings?
A – If there is a requirement to enter an indoor area from 29 March, then face coverings must be worn. There are some exemptions to wearing face coverings. Clubs should refer to government guidance to ensure compliance.
Q – Can locker rooms be opened again?
A – From 12 April, locker rooms are permitted to open for the purposes of changing, storage of clubs and showering. Use of shower areas should be minimised where possible.