Irish Golfers Fuming After "Mind-Boggling" Decision To Close Courses

Courses in the Republic of Ireland will close for at least six weeks

Irish Golfers Fuming After "Mind-Boggling" Decision To Close Courses
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Courses in the Republic of Ireland will close for at least six weeks

Irish Golfers Fuming After "Mind-Boggling" Decision To Close Courses

Irish clubs received the news they were dreading today when the Golfing Union of Ireland confirmed that courses and facilities must close for six weeks.

It's after 48 hours of discussions between the GUI and Sport Ireland since new tier 5 Covid-19 restrictions were announced on Monday.

Professional rugby, football and horse racing will continue and the GAA hurling championships are also still going ahead.

The news comes a day after Welsh clubs were told they must close as well in a much shorter circuit breaker lockdown for just over two weeks.

We saw on our social media channels that Welsh golfers were angry and disappointed and it is the exact same story with Irish golfers.

Some were upset that golf in its basic form couldn't continue with clubhouses closed like we saw earlier in the year.

Others have mentioned the infamous #golfgate from earlier this year where more than 80 people attended an Irish parliamentary golf society event in County Galway.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. 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

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x