English Golf Courses To Close In Lockdown 3.0

The news we feared - courses in England will be closing for at least six weeks

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The news we feared - courses in England will be closing for at least six weeks

English Golf Courses To Close In Lockdown 3.0

Golf courses in England must close from tomorrow (5th January) after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third Covid-19 lockdown.

It was hoped that England would follow Scotland, which is also going into lockdown, in allowing golf to continue but that is not the case.

People are only allowed to exercise once daily and that will not be allowed on a course with clubs in hand.

Courses in Scotland will remain open for two ball play but England's courses will be closed for the next six weeks at least.

The new lockdown sees golf courses, tennis courts and other outdoor sports all closing in the toughest Covid-19 restrictions seen since March.

Boris Johnson said that people must stay at home unless for work that cannot be done at home, shopping for food or medicine, to provide care or attend medical appointments.

Exercise is allowed once per day and can be done with one other from another household, just not on the golf course.

Check back for official guidance and reaction from England Golf and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf.

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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 team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five 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 off of a six handicap. 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

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV