Scottish Golf Courses To Remain Open During Lockdown

Despite the lockdown, golf will still be allowed in Scotland for one or two balls

Scottish Golf Courses To Remain Open During Lockdown
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Despite the lockdown, golf will still be allowed in Scotland for one or two balls

Scottish Golf Courses To Remain Open During Lockdown

Scotland will be going into lockdown from midnight tonight (00:00 5th January) but golf courses will be allowed to stay open for play.

The lockdown brought fears of courses closing but Scottish Golf has confirmed that the game can still be played for one or two balls who stay local to home.

"Golf courses can remain open for play with a maximum of two players from up to two households," Scottish Golf confirmed.

"Golfers must stay close to home, travel only for essential purposes and in line with the new legislation."

Update: Golf courses in England to close during lockdown 3.0

This is great news for Scottish golfers and also gives English golfers a little bit of hope too, with rumours that the country will also be going into lockdown imminently.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to address the nation at 8pm this evening outlining the next Covid-19 restrictions.

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Golf's mental and physical wellbeing benefits are well known and perhaps governments are beginning to understand just how positive the game can be for all ages and genders.

As things stand, golf is allowed in England and Scotland, with courses shut in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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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 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. 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 covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x