Golf will only return when it’s safe to do so

Scottish Golf has put an end to speculation that some courses may have restrictions lifted in the coming days.

By Scott Inglis
Friday, 8th May 2020, 2:37 pm
Updated Friday, 8th May 2020, 2:57 pm
Karin Sharp has urged clubs to continue to follow government advice.
Karin Sharp has urged clubs to continue to follow government advice.

Karin Sharp, from Scottish Golf, says it’s “disappointing” to hear that some clubs have told members about their plans to re-open courses ahead of restrictions being lifted.

The governing body says that “nothing has been finalised” regarding any detail of openings with government.

Scottish Golf has been, and will remain in regular dialogue with Scottish Government, with regards to the planned procedures for the safe return of the sport when the time is right.

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The recent update provided by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed that lockdown restrictions remain in place and the clear public health message is to stay home and save lives.

Karin Sharp said: “It has been disappointing to hear that some golf clubs in Scotland have communicated to members their intent to re-open their golf course ahead of restrictions being lifted.

“We urge all member clubs to continue to follow the Scottish Government advice, that continues to have the best interest of the public at heart.

“Golf is a sport where integrity and rules sit at the very heart of the game and we ask all golfers to respect the position of Scottish Government and show patience at a time when the virus continues to have a devastating impact on society.

“I appreciate the frustrations and desire to play golf as soon as possible, but I urge you to continue following Government guidelines and save lives.”

Minister for public health, sport and wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, said he understood the eagerness to return to course as soon as possible.

He added, though, that it can only happen when safe to do so.

“The focus at present must be the continuation of measures to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“The Scottish Government and sportscotland are working closely with Scottish Golf to ensure the right preparation and risk assessment is undertaken to allow golf to return at the appropriate time.”

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