GM Says: Appreciate The Opportunity Of A Return To Golf

It is important to remember your responsibility

Appreciate The Opportunity Of A Return To Golf
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A return to golf in England from Wednesday presents a great and hugely welcome opportunity but it does come with responsibilities

GM Says – Appreciate the opportunity of a return to golf

From tomorrow, golf courses in England will reopen for the first time in over six weeks with courses in Wales looking likely to open next Monday (we hope golfers in Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to follow suit in due course) and our sport will resume, albeit with various restrictions.

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For golfers, this is a hugely welcome step and one that will provide us the chance to return to an activity we love: To get back onto our brilliant courses and to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits that golf offers.

In this we can and should, count ourselves fortunate.

For many other sport lovers, a resumption of their chosen activity may not be possible for some time.

For the wider world this is still of a time of immense suffering. Lives are being lost and livelihoods, hopes and dreams are being shattered.

With the opportunity to return to golf, there comes an obligation.

We golfers must display that we fully understand our individual responsibilities; to comply carefully and diligently with the guidelines laid out by government and golf’s governing bodies, ensuring golf restarts safely and smoothly.

We’re urging all golfers in England to do everything by the book and to do nothing to threaten this chance we have in returning to our game.

Please do make sure you follow the guidance and play only with a member (or members) of your own household, or one other person from another household.

Be sure to maintain social distancing at all times and carefully follow the guidelines laid out by The R&A and individual clubs on best practice for achieving this.

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Please don’t be tempted to stretch the rules. Golfers are known for their integrity and we are sure this will come to the fore during this first period of eased restrictions.

It might be tempting to make a party of a first game back – to take a beer or two and enjoy a post-round car park drink for example… But let’s not be seen to do anything that could bring the decision to allow golf’s return to come under scrutiny.

Golf allows players of all ages to exercise and enjoy some sport.

Older players who may not have been getting out running or cycling over the past weeks, will now have the opportunity to participate in sport again – think of how important that is for them.

There is, of course, going to be a rush to book times and get back out there. Try to be fair and not abuse booking systems – Take your turn, enjoy your game and allow as many others as possible to do the same.

Over the last weeks and months, many in the industry, and from our governing bodies, have been lobbying hard to suggest golf is a sport that can take place outdoors with effective, managed social distancing.

As we say thanks to them for their efforts, let’s make sure over the next couple of weeks that we prove they are absolutely right.

Mike Harris
Content Director

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history leading the brand until July 2023. He is now Content Director overseeing Golf Monthly and two other iconic sports brands, FourFourTwo and Rugby World.

His three main passions in golf are courses (he's played over 500 courses worldwide), equipment (he's always in search of something shinny to give him an edge) and shoes (he owns more pairs than he cares to mention!).  

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of five golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon, Prince's and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Mike's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 10° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Fairway woods: TaylorMade Sim Max 3/15° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S & TaylorMade Stealth 7/20° - Fujikura Ventus Red 6S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Utility Iron: TaylorMade Stealth UDI 3/21° - Aldila Ascent 90HY - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (5-PW)  - Fujikura Axiom 75R - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50°, 54° and 58° - KBS Tour Hi-Rev 2.0 shafts - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Putter: Evnroll ER2B - Gravity Grip 

Ball: TaylorMade - Tour Response (Yellow)