Thursday, July 15, 2021

SCOTTISH GOLF - Updated COVID-19 guidelines issued including return of bunker rakes and pin removal

Following the First Minister's statement on Tuesday 13th July, Scottish Golf have issued new COVID-19 guidelines which become effective from Monday the 19th of July.

The latest update includes the return of bunker rakes on courses, removal of flags from the hole and locker room and changing facilities returning to normal use.

The full Scottish Golf statement, circulated to member clubs, is reproduced below:_

 Following the latest COVID Update from the First Minister, Scottish Golf has been working with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to receive approval on our latest COVID-19 Guidance ahead of mainland Scotland moving to Protection Level 0 on Monday 19 July 2021.  

"We have now updated our guidance and all clubs should note the key changes effective from Monday 19 July:

Outdoor bubbles (coaching & competition) up to 500 with no participant limit per day

Locker Rooms/Changing Facilities can re-open 

Indoor Hospitality extended to groups of 10 people from 4 households

All golf course furniture may be returned for normal use, including the removal of flagsticks, standard hole cups and bunker rakes

Preferred lies in bunkers may remain in place at club’s discretion, recognising that not every golfer will wish to use a communal rake

Ahead of implementing these changes, we would recommend that clubs carry out a risk assessment that is specific to the situation at their club. 

While this latest update is a further step forward in the return to golf and its traditions as we know it, until such time as restrictions are lifted fully we would urge everyone to continue to risk assess for their specific environment and respect differing perspectives in relation to risk will still be evident across the wide range of golfers in Scotland. 

We know that today’s update will have a positive impact on all affiliated clubs and their members, and on behalf of everyone at Scottish Golf, we would like to thank you for your continued patience and strict adherence to the restrictions that have been in place.

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 Updates on the dedicated section on the Scottish Golf website at"

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