Irish Golf Clubs To Close For Six Weeks

All golf courses in the Republic of Ireland will close for six weeks due to a national lockdown

Irish Golf Clubs To Close For Six Weeks
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All golf courses in the Republic of Ireland will close for six weeks due to a national lockdown

Irish Golf Clubs To Close For Six Weeks

Golf clubs and facilities in the Republic of Ireland will close for six weeks from tomorrow due to new level 5 Covid-19 rules.

It's as the country goes into a second lockdown with all non-essential retail closing and people told to stay at home for anything non-essential.

A 5km (3 mile) travel limit for exerciseh as been imposed in what are some of the tightest Covid-19 regulations in Europe.

The Golfing Union of Ireland today confirmed that courses must close.

"Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new level 5 restrictions," the GUI said in a statement.

"Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under level 5.

"We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities.

"We will update clubs on this as soon as possible."

This follows Wales, which has also gone into a national lockdown, albeit for just two weeks.

The 'circuit breaker' lockdown is very similar to the original lockdown and golf courses and facilities have also been forced to close.

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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