CONFIRMED: Four Ball Golf To Return In England On 29th March

Golf to return in England on 29th March with clubhouses set to continue outdoor hospitality two weeks later

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Golf to return in England on 29th March with clubhouses set to recommence outdoor hospitality two weeks later

CONFIRMED: Four Ball Golf To Return In England On 29th March

After what will have been a long 12 weeks, golf courses in England will re-open on 29th March for four ball play according to the government's latest guidance.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today revealed his roadmap for the country's exit out of lockdown, with golf featuring in the first stage.

The first stage will see schools re-open on 8th March before golf and outdoor sports are allowed to continue three weeks later.

That 29th March date coincides with schools breaking up for the Easter holidays, which will allow people to meet up in a maximum of six, or two households, outdoors.

That means that people in England will be allowed to play golf in four balls.

From 12th April, outdoor hospitality will be allowed to re-open, meaning that clubhouses will be once again allowed to serve food and beverage outside.

Pro shops will also be allowed to re-open on the 12th April, and clubhouses will be allowed to welcome guests for food and beverage indoors on 17th May in stage three.

Self catering holiday accommodation will also be allowed from 12th April for those keen to book a golf break.

Be sure to check back on where we'll report all the official guidance as soon as we get it from England Golf.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that golf will return on 29th March on BBC Breakfast:

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These rules are for England only, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set to announce their own measures in the coming days and weeks.

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