Golfers Fined £200 For Playing During Lockdown

Five men were fined a collective £1,000 after playing golf on a course near Liverpool

Golfers Fined £200 For Playing During Lockdown
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Five men were fined a collective £1,000 after playing golf on a course near Liverpool

Golfers Fined £200 For Playing During Lockdown

Five men have each been fined £200 after breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules and playing golf during the current lockdown.

The men, in their 20s and 30s, were caught playing at Bowring Park Golf Course in Huyton, to the east of Liverpool.

The group were playing on Sunday afternoon and were issued Fixed Penalty Notices by the police who were said to have responded quickly.

A local councillor, Shelley Powell, said she was "astounded" that "people think they can break the rules and get away with it".

"The rules can't be clearer, stay at home unless it is for essential purposes such as to attend work or school," she said.

"Bowring Park Golf course is closed in order to adhere to the current lockdown rules, so not only have the five golfers broken lockdown rules, they are also trespassing on the course.

“Thankfully, our police colleagues responded quickly and issued Fixed Penalty Notices to those breaking the rules.

"Hopefully this gives out a clear warning that the rules are there to be followed and action will be taken against those breaking them.”

Bowring Park is known as 'the first municipal golf course' in England.

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All golf courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently closed.

England's courses have been shut since 5th January after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown.

The Times recently reported that golf will be one of the first outdoor activities to re-open in England after schools start again on 8th March.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

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