Golf Clubhouses And Bars Allowed To Open In England

Golfers will be able to have a drink and a bite to eat after their rounds from 4th July in England

Golf Clubhouses And Bars Allowed To Open In England
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Golfers will be able to have a drink and a bite to eat after their rounds from 4th July in England

Golf Clubhouses And Bars Allowed To Open In England

Clubhouses and golf club bars in England will be allowed to open next week for the first time in three-and-a-half months following changes to the government's Covid-19 guidance.

As pubs and restaurants re-open in England, golfers will be allowed to get a drink after their round and will no longer have to leave the premises immediately after completing their rounds.

As long as the facilities are 'Covid safe', bars and clubhouses will re-open on Saturday 4th July.

A number of safety measures will be put in place, with the two metre rule or one metre plus in place.

Clubs will have to produce risk assessments and keep a temporary record of customers for 21 days to assist with NHS Track and Trace Requests .

They'll also have to provide clear guidance and signage of Social Distancing & Hygiene measures put in place, and customers will be encouraged to pay with contactless.

As well as that, clubs have been advised by England Golf to calculate the maximum number of customers it can take in the clubhouse or patio area whilst keeping the 2m or 1m+ rules in place.

Increased PPE has not been advised, and table service should be offered, with customers not allowed to linger at the bar after receiving drinks.

Read the full guidance from England Golf (opens in new tab)

England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson said “The work done by those involved in golf during lockdown has been tremendous and that has enabled us to respond quickly and decisively.

"Like all, we welcome the safe easing of restrictions and look forward to welcoming back even more people – players and staff – to golf.

"That we have been given time to prepare the changes and the way in which the guidance has been presented is very helpful to clubs, shops and the wider industry.”

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer 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. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x