New club rules and who you can play with explained.
Changes to the government's lockdown guidelines are starting to change. One of those changes allows golf courses in England to reopen, but with new social distancing rules in place.
Golf is set to be one of the first sports you can play again as the government starts to ease lockdown measures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the first steps for taking the country out of coronavirus lockdown, with the first rules changing on Wednesday (May 13).
Unlimited exercise, sitting in parks with members of their own household, and meeting one other person - 2m apart - will all be allowed from later this week.
Meanwhile, other businesses such as garden centers can also open.
In the world of sport, golf and tennis look set to be the first games open for people to play once again, even if fixtures are still some way off.
Can I play golf now?
In England, golf courses are open. England Golf has said it is lobbying the government to publish “the best operational guidance” ahead of opening.
Courses in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will remain closed, with those nations continuing with the stay-home messaging.
Who can I play golf with?
You can only play golf on your own or with a member of your household.
The R&A has said that golfers should stay more than two meters apart when walking to the ball and playing shots. Despite courses being open, clubhouses and locker rooms will remain locked, and golfers must leave the course immediately once their round is over "so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area".
What changes will there be?
As part of social distancing golf, clubhouses and locker rooms will remain locked.
Those wanting to play, whether they’re members or visitors, will need to book their time before arrival. The R&A has stated there must be an interval of at least 10 minutes between tee times.
The R&A says it recommends non-competition play is used, and any games involving scoring must be done in a way where scorecards must not be handled or exchanged.
On the course rakes will be removed from bunkers, flags must not be touched and hole liners fitted so balls don’t fall below the surface of the green and can easily be picked up by touching the ball only.
One-balls or two-balls only will be allowed and golfers must not pick up stray balls.
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