UK Golf Courses Ban Smoking Due To Heatwave

Many UK golf courses have temporarily banned smoking due to extremely dry ground conditions

Golf Courses Ban Smoking
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Some UK golf courses have temporarily banned smoking due to extremely dry ground conditions

UK Golf Courses Ban Smoking Due To Heatwave

Some golf courses in the UK have banned smoking on the course due to the extremely dry conditions.

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Earlier this week, moorlands in Manchester went up in flames with the UK experiencing a prolonged hot and dry spell, and some clubs have banned smoking due to the risk of ground catching alight.

Royal Birkdale wrote on Twitter, "Due to the recent heatwave and the threat of scrub fires, please be aware that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the links until further notice"

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Knighton Heath Golf Club near Bournemouth have also banned smoking due to the dry conditions whilst Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire have also temporarily banned smoking

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If you're playing golf in the next few days and are a smoker, it would be best to check with the course on their current policy.

The UK has had a week of sunshine and no rain, with temperatures breaking the 30° celsius mark this week.

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We are scheduled to have another week of dry weather and temperatures in the high 20s.

The current weather makes for perfect conditions for firm and fast links play, but it is completely understandable that courses do not want to take any fire risks, hence the smoking bans.

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Enjoy your golf, don't smoke on the course, and remember to wear sun cream and drink plenty of water!

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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:


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Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x