Reports Suggest Golf In England To Return In March

Golf's return may be on the horizon after school open according to The Times

Reports Suggest Golf In England To Return In March
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Golf's return may be on the horizon after schools open, according to The Times

Reports Suggest Golf In England To Return In March

Golf courses in England look set to re-open in March, The Times has learnt.

The newspaper says that outdoor sports will be among the first activities to be allowed after schools re-open.

Schools are planned to re-open on 8th March, with golf courses set to follow in the days and weeks after.

Tennis is also set to return along with small outdoor gatherings.

It remains to be seen whether the rule of six will be in place and if four balls will be allowed.

We should know more in a couple of weeks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to announce the measures of easing lockdown on 22nd February.

England Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has said that the country is past the second peak, with reports suggesting that the R rate is possibly down at 0.6-0.8.

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It is also reported that the tier system could be done away with, meaning a more blanket approach for the country may be in store.

It will mean a break of more than two months from the sport comes to an end for golfers in England, who have been locked down since 5th January.

Lots will have happened in those two months, including the government responding to a petition and most recently the golf industry sending scientific advice to the government.

Golf courses are currently closed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with golf currently allowed in Scotland.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

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, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four 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 at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. 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 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5