Golf Pro Shops Told To Remain Closed

The golf industry has told pro shops to remain closed after advice from the government

Golf Pro Shops Told To Remain Closed
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The golf industry has told pro shops to remain closed after advice from the government

Golf Pro Shops Told To Remain Closed

The UK government has advised The R&A, England Golf and other UK golf stakeholders that pro shops must remain closed for the time being.

Courses in England were allowed to re-open on Wednesday 13th May and clubs in Wales and Ireland will be opening on Monday 18th May.

However, golf's stakeholders have been seeking clarity from the government around pro shops and the answer is that they must remain closed.

Staff are allowed access to pro shops to organise deliveries, answer phone calls and help take bookings, but the shops must remain closed to customers.

This also means that golf retail outlets like American Golf must remain closed too.

A joint statement from the golf industry on golf retail shops reads:

"The UK Government has released updated documentation, which includes a section titled ‘Businesses and Venues’. It stipulates that, “All retail, other than those exempt, must close their premises to members of the public. However, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail”.

As the list of exemptions does not currently include golf retail, these premises must remain closed, except for Click and Collect services.

Essential access to a building such as a Professional shop for Clubs which operate a booking system to regulate tee times and take payment, is permissible provided appropriate social distancing precautionary measures are put in place."

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As well as advising pro shops and golf retail shops to close, the statement also confirmed that one-to-one coaching can continue as long as social distancing is in place.

The golf industry says that it is seeking further clarification surrounding driving ranges and custom-fittings.

"In the meantime, our advice remains unchanged: where there is any room for doubt the safest option should be pursued," the statement reads.

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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 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