Date Revealed For Scottish Golf Restart

The news all Scottish golfers have been waiting for

Scottish Golf Restart
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The news all Scottish golfers have been waiting for

Date Revealed For Scottish Golf Restart

Despite facilities across the UK and Ireland now open, Scotland's golf courses have remained closed.

However, the date for when Scottish courses can begin to plan for a re-opening has been confirmed as Friday 29th May.

Scottish Golf have confirmed that courses can open from 29th May, although the final decision will come from the Scottish Government on the 28th.

It is Phase 1 of Scotland's routemap out of the Coronavirus lockdown where outdoor activities live golf, fishing, swimming, hiking and canoeing can recommence from the 29th.

Scottish Golf have confirmed that play for two-balls from differing households will be allowed, with four-balls allowed at the discretion of clubs if just two households are represented.

Just like in the rest of the UK, players cannot turn up without a booking that must be made online or via phone.

Golf in Scotland, when it returns, will look very similar to the rest of the UK and Ireland with clubhouses closed, social distancing in force and holes being altered to ensure players do not touch the flagstick.

Golfers will only be allowed to travel local (broadly 5 miles) to play their course, however, so some will have to wait for their chance to get back out on the links.

Read the full guidelines from Scottish Golf -

England's golf courses have been open for over a week now and the feedback has been very positive.

The Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey, called the reopening of golf courses in England “safe and successful” and also confirmed that membership applications had increased.

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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