Golf In Denmark Re-Opens With Restrictions, Could UK Follow?

Courses are now allowed to be open in the country, although tight restrictions are still in place

Golf In Denmark Re-Opens
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Courses are now allowed to be open in the country, although tight restrictions are still in place

Golf In Denmark Re-Opens With Restrictions, Could UK Follow?

Golf courses in Denmark are being allowed to re-open for one-or-two-balls only with a number of other restrictions.

It comes as the country begins to relax its Coronavirus restrictions after seeing a reduction in cases after being one of the first European countries to close its borders and schools.

Borders in the country will not re-open but the restrictions will begin to relax in a couple of weeks after Easter.

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For now though, golf is allowed to be played, although clubs are also within their right to remain closed if they wish.

The golf being allowed to go ahead is strictly social golf only, with competitions, club matches and other competitive formats still banned.

For those clubs that are opening, golf is permitted for one-balls or two-balls within the same household or "with a regular playmaker," assuming that means one of your usual playing partners.

This is as long as groups are at least 10 minutes apart and playing partners remain at least two metres apart.

"We support an extremely cautious solution where we take social responsibility and stay far on the safe side of the authorities' instructions," Lars Broch Christensen from the Danish Golf Union said.

"Groups of two players with great spacing, who follow our recommendations, we can well stand for."

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Just like we saw in the UK prior to the lockdown, flagsticks in Denmark must not be touched and the cups are to be fitted just above the ground to ensure of no contact.

All clubhouse facilities remain closed there and bins, fountains, ball washers and rakes are all out of use too.

Golfers are also not permitted to arrive at the club more than 10 minutes before their tee time and must leave the premises immediately.

Whilst these are still very tight restrictions, they are evidence of loosening restrictions on both society and golfers.

The UK is currently just over a week into a three week lockdown and perhaps these are the measures that golfers could see come into action here later this month.

However, it is worth noting that Denmark currently has just over 3,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 90 recorded deaths, figures that are dwarfed by UK.

Read the news from the Danish Golf Union here.

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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