How Golf Clubs Are Combatting Coronavirus

The current coronavirus pandemic has forced golf clubs and golfers to act more cautiously both on and off the course

How Golf Clubs Are Combatting Coronavirus
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The current coronavirus pandemic has forced golf clubs and golfers to act more cautiously both on and off the course

How Golf Clubs Are Combatting Coronavirus

The worldwide coronavirus epidemic is currently forcing people to live their lives more cautiously, with measures in place like self-isolation and social distancing.

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Courses are closed in countries like Italy, France and Spain due to nationwide lockdowns but we've also seen reports that courses are closed in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Cyprus.

In the UK, we're lucky that our courses are still open but there are lots of preventative measures being taken to try and keep everybody safe.

From what we've seen, here are a number of things that different golf clubs across the UK are doing -

- Banning players from taking the flagstick out to avoid touching it

- A great initiative we've seen comes from St Annes Old Links where greenkeepers have fitted cups upside-down to help reduce contact

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Update: This trend has continued in the UK, Ireland, America and elsewhere where golf courses are still open. Here is another great video we liked -

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- Removing flags from the practice putting green

- Here's another putting green initiative that has caught our eyes from Richter GC in Connecticut, USA, featuring a raised cup -

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- Allowing golfers to change shoes in the car park

- Closing clubhouses

- Keeping clubhouses open but only keeping the locker rooms and changing facilities open

- Fitting hand sanitiser units inside clubhouses

- Keeping payment to contactless only

- Allowing online bookings only

- Ensuring that buggies are not shared and are wiped down after use

- Taking away rakes in bunkers to avoid touching

- Labelling bunkers as GUR, another way to avoid players touching rakes

- Banning the use of ball washers

- Banning the use of bins

- Banning handshakes

- Capping the number of people allowed in the pro shop at one time

Update: Many professional shops are now closing due to stricter government guidelines

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Whilst all of this will surely help slow the spread of the coronavirus, it may be inevitable that the UK goes into a lockdown scenario similar to what we've seen across the continent.

We, as golfers, can only hope that situation doesn't happen as, speaking as a non-medical expert, the golf course is a very safe place to be where self isolation and social distancing can easily be applied.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

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