It’s great news for golfers as courses can re-open from Wednesday 13th May. Players Players can play with members from the same household or one player from another household – while staying 2 metres apart. Various clubs have issued their own updates which can be found on their websites and/or Facebook pages, which include opening times and how to book.
What protocols will be in place?
Various measures will be in places at clubs. Clubhouses will remain closed, apart from access to toilets. Shoes should be put on in the car or beforehand. Tee-times must be booked in advance. Bunkers rakes will be removed and players will be expected to smooth the sand in bunkers as adeptly as possible with their clubs. The flagsticks shall remain in, with signs on them saying they should not be touched. You need to use your own equipment and golf balls. Players will need to leave once they have played their round. Social distancing must be observed.
What about tournaments?
The PGA Tour has announced that its first four tournaments will be staged behind closed doors – at least. In truth, nobody is expecting fans to be allowed to attend events in the foreseeable future.
When are this year’s majors rescheduled for?
The USPGA Championship is now due to take place on 6th – 9th August at Harding Park in San Francisco, while the US Open at Winged Foot, New York has been put back to 17th – 20th September. With the Open Championship cancelled for 2020, the Masters at that takes place in Augusta, Georgia, USA becomes the last major of the year, from 12th -15th November.