Following the Government announcement last week on some relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, Scottish Golf’s Chief Operating Officer Karin Sharp has circulated further information as the clubs and golfers in the country enter Phase 2 of golf’s return in Scotland.
“Whilst this move was welcomed by all of us here at Scottish Golf and has allowed for some additional flexibility to the way we enjoy our game, it does remain within the extension to exercise guidelines and not a full return to sport as we know it. One of the most positive changes in Phase 2 is that those who have been shielding can now return to the fairways and we hope that those golfers enjoy being reunited with the game over the days and weeks ahead.
While the majority of affiliated clubs in Scotland continue to adhere to the guidance set out by us https://scottishgolf.org/phase-2-guidance-for-golf-clubs-and-golfers-in-scotland/ , there has been some evidence of breaches in guidance by a minority of Golf Clubs.
In Phase 2, the Scottish Government’s restrictions on travel remain the same, that people should remain local (not travel more than broadly 5 miles) for recreation. In turn, this means that Clubs cannot run Open Competitions in Phase 2. Both as a community of golfers, and as a nation, we have made significant progress in tackling COVID-19, and we must continue to work collectively to adhere to the rules currently in place. By doing this, we will continue towards a return to the traditions of our game as we all know it.
To support Clubs who are preparing to run Club Competitions, Scottish Golf has issued new guidance to support Committees across Scotland in facilitating counting competitions and this can be found here. https://ocs-sport.ams3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/sg/2020/06/Scottish-Golf-Covid-19-Qualifying-Competitions-Guide-v1-2905204.pdf
Our team remain on hand to support all clubs with any questions or queries you might have. For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit our dedicated website page here. https://scottishgolf.org/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf COO