Prioritising personal health becomes golf’s priority
They may well have been the last domino to fall, but our golf courses joined the list of closures brought about by coronavirus.
There was hope that play across the country could continue due to the game being played outdoors.
And, while clubhouses closed in line with Government instructions on bars and restaurants, most courses remained open for play briefly.
Following the Government update which put huge restrictions on personal outdoor movement, though, decisions were taken by committees across the area to close courses.
Scottish Golf, the national governing body for the sport in Scotland, quickly issued guidance to clubs.
“While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear. We must stay home and play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19,” it said.
“With this in mind, Scottish Golf asks that all golfers in Scotland refrain from golfing until further notice.
“We understand this advice will have a significant impact on golf clubs across the country and we will continue to consult with industry partners to provide clubs with all information and support possible during this time of deep uncertainty.
“We know these decisions are difficult ones to make but, right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines.
“In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game we all love as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Broomieknowe Golf Club in Bonnyrigg is amongst the many now closed.
A brief online statement confirmed: “It is with great sadness that must announce the closure of the course and clubhouse until further notice.
“This is in-line with Government and Scottish Golf guidelines and recommendations.
“Please follow the guidelines issued, stay safe and we will look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.”