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According to Sky News and the Vaccines minister, golf is returning in England on 29th March...
Reports: Golf Courses In England To Re-Open On 29th March
Sky News is reporting that golf courses will re-open in England on 29th March, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to announce his roadmap out of lockdown today.
If true, this would mean courses re-open 12 weeks after closing back on 5th January.
We are set to find out whether four balls will be permitted or if it will just be twos to start with.
Schools will open on 8th March in the first phase and as well as golf courses re-opening, Sky News reports that from 29 March, larger groups will be able to meet outside - including in private gardens - up to a maximum of six people or two households.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi also confirmed that golf will return on 29th March.
It is also likely that courses in Wales will be re-opening around the same time.
We are set to know the full details later today with the Prime Minister announcing his roadmap in parliament this afternoon before a press conference this evening.
There is growing anger around the delay of golf, especially after scientists provided the government with opinion and evidence of golf's safety as well as its mental and physical health benefits.
Four-time European Tour winner David Horsey wrote on Twitter, "I cannot believe @GOVUK won’t allow golf courses to re open sooner than 29th March when you can sit next to someone on a park bench from the 8th.
"Golf gives zero to no contact with anyone throughout. Golf could be a huge release for so many people mentally as well physically!"
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, 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 has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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