How Social Media Reacted To UK Golf Courses Closing

All golf courses in the UK have been told to close after government advice. Here's how social media reacted...

How Social Media Reacted To UK Golf Courses Closing
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All golf courses in the UK have been told to close after government advice. Here's how social media reacted...

How Social Media Reacted To UK Golf Courses Closing

The news we had all been waiting for arrived yesterday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the country to avoid all unnecessary contact and travel, with people only allowed out of their homes to go to work, buy food, buy medicine and for one form of exercise per day.

Whilst golf is exercise, it surely counts as unnecessary travel and isn't included in the list of walking, running or cycling.

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This essentially closed down every course in the country and the R&A told clubs to listen to their the home golfing unions - England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland - which all asked clubs to close.

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St Andrews announced that its seven courses are now all closed -

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Lee Westwood asked social media if playing golf with his son who is in the same household could count as exercise...

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This thought was echoed by a number of golfers who were initially confused by the government's advice that exercise was okay as long as it was only once a day and just running, walking or cycling.

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However, this was cleared up after advice from the home golfing unions.

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The CEO of BIGGA (British International Golf Greenkeepers Association) also said that golf courses should close but some maintenance is "essential."

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The Golf Monthly audience was happy with the decision to close courses -

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TalkSport host Georgie Bingham was upset with the news:

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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