England Golf CEO: Closing Courses "An Opportunity Missed"

Jeremy Tomlinson has called the decision to close golf courses "a real shame" and says he is trying to get golf back open

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Jeremy Tomlinson has called the decision to close golf courses "a real shame" and says he, along with the industry, is trying to get golf back open

England Golf CEO: Closing Courses "An Opportunity Missed"

Golf courses are once again closed across the country and England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson has told the BBC that the decision to stop golf is an opportunity missed.

Golf is played by more than two million people in England who will be missing out on all the wonderful mental and physical benefits that the game offers up.

Tomlinson is keen to keep challenging the government to re-think its decision and allow golf to resume in a safe, social-distanced manner.

"Yet again unfortunately we've been told to shut down. There was no collaboration and to be honest when I speak for all golfers I feel it is an opportunity missed," Tomlinson told the BBC.

"In excess of two million golfers could have been looked after here in a different way, that community could have been able to exercise in a different way that could have taken some of the stain off from public places, from parks, and to be done in a regulated fashion. A real shame.

"We see it as part of the solution. We've got a population here that are gonna need to get through this lockdown and I really do have a concern and care for how we're all gonna do it.

"In excess of two million people could have been looked after here, certainly from a physical and mental wellbeing perspective and I just think it's an opportunity missed.

"The government can change that and certainly I, and other organisations within golf, are going to be trying to help them do that."

Related: Why is golf allowed in Scotland but not England?

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Elliott Heath
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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