Can I Play Golf In The UK? - Guidance Explained

Golf is currently allowed in England and Scotland, but not in Wales and Northern Ireland

Can I Play Golf In The UK
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Golf is currently allowed in Scotland, but not in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Can I Play Golf In The UK? - Guidance Explained

It was a torrid 2020 and the new year isn't bringing refreshed hope as the UK continues to battle against the spread of Covid-19.

Much of the UK is currently under very tight restrictions with Scotland currently the only country allowed to play golf.

Can I play golf in Scotland?

Courses in Scotland will remain open despite a new lockdown.

Only one or two balls will be allowed and players must only play locally.

Related: Scottish golf courses to remain open during lockdown

England - courses closed in lockdown 3.0

Courses across England must close for at least six weeks due to the new lockdown 3.0.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on TV to urge people to stay at home with the tightest restrictions seen since March.

It means that all golf courses will be closed and people may only exercise once per day.

Related: English courses to close in lockdown 3.0

Courses remain closed in Wales and Northern Ireland as well.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x