5 Reasons Why I Can't Wait To Play Golf Again

Golf re-opens in England next week. I'm starting to get very excited now...

5 Reasons Why I Can't Wait To Play Golf Again
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Golf re-opens in England next week. I'm starting to get very excited now...

5 Reasons Why I Can't Wait To Play Golf Again

Golfers in England will be getting back out on the course on 29th March, drawing to close a very long 12 week period of no golf whatsoever.

It's been tough. We've been patient. And we're now going to be rewarded.

Here are five reasons why I can't wait to get back out on the course:

5 Reasons Why I Can't Wait To Play Golf Again


Working from home during this pandemic means that aside from talking on video calls, chatting to my girlfriend and the odd natter with my neighbour when taking the bin out, I really haven't done any socialising in 12 weeks.

I tend to play most of my golf in a regular four ball and we're always discussing our common interests, our own lives, the game of golf and many other things whilst we're walking around hitting that little white ball.

Humans are social beings after all, so I can't wait to get back to one thing I'm best at, chatting rubbish with my playing partners.


There were a few weeks where I was keen to go on walks but they've significantly tailed off and my body is surely starting to think that it will never be more than a mile from my front door ever again.

Well, little do my poor legs know that soon they're going to be traipsing six miles every weekend again up and down hill, in bunkers, trees, through bushes and all sorts of other dodgy places where I hit my ball.

Golf is so great for our mental health but it's also brilliant physical exercise too.

I can't wait to start burning some calories again, putting my phone away and being in the great outdoors again with my clubs.

Related: How many calories does a round of golf burn?

To see if I can play against my handicap

With the introduction of the new World Handicap System, I saw my handicap go from 4.7 to an index of 2.4.

That equates to three strokes off the whites at my home club so I've got to start finding form pretty quickly if I have any hope of being in the top half of leaderboards this year.

Whether it's social or competition golf, I can't wait to start posting some scores, making some birdies, hopefully avoiding blobs and just getting to grips with playing the game again.

It is a game after all. A very difficult game that engages your body and mind - two things that have been lacking these past 12 weeks.

Post-game beer

After completing dry January, I decided to keep it up until I was allowed to have a beer outdoors at the golf club or local pub.

Well, come 12th April in England we're going to be allowed to stop off on the patio post-round and enjoy a nice cold one along with the usual banter and chat.

In my regular four ball it's losing team buys the drinks - let's hope I'm drinking for free.

The new season

One positive of courses closing during these months is that we have missed out on most of the bad weather.

We've avoided a lot of mud, rain and freezing temperatures, coupled with very dark afternoons.

As a very modest hitter as well my weak fade tends to lose a good 30 yards in the winter too.

For me, one of the best days of the year is when the clocks go forward and we can start playing golf again up until 7, 8, 9pm in the evening.

It signals that the start of the summer is on its way, meaning great weather, brilliant golf course conditions and lots more time in the week to play.

Whether it's a post-work nine holes, a twilight 18 or a dew-busting 7am start, the spring/summer months are simply unbeatable.

What are you most excited about for golf's return? Let us know on social media

Related: 6 positives of golf's Covid-19 lockdown

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV