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
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, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four 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 at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. 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 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5