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
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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