When Can I Play Golf In A Four Ball?

We list the current Covid restrictions where you are...

When Can I Play Golf In A Four Ball
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We list the current Covid restrictions where you are...

When Can I Play Golf In A Four Ball?

The pandemic has taken lots away from people all around the world, and one thing that has been absent for many months here in the UK is golf.

Golf courses in England have been closed since 5th January, with courses still shut in Northern Ireland too.

Wales' courses opened last week having been closed since pre-Christmas, whilst golf has been allowed in Scotland since May 29th 2020.

When Can I Play In A Four Ball in England?

Luckily for English golfers, four balls will be returning straight away when courses re-open on 29th March.

From 29th March, golfers will be allowed to play in fours with the 'Rule of Six' coming back into operation outdoors across the country.

Tee times will be spaced out by 10 minutes, with clubhouses opening for outdoor food and beverage on 12th April.

Not long now!

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When Can I Play In A Four Ball in Wales?

Golf courses in Wales are now open for two ball play, with golfers allowed to play local courses due to a five mile rule of thumb recommendation.

The local guidance is set to be done away with on 27th March if cases continue to drop.

Currently, four balls are technically allowed as long as they contain a maximum of two households.

Wales is yet to publish its roadmap out of full lockdown so it is currently unknown when four balls made up from four different households will be allowed.

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When Can I Play In A Four Ball in Scotland?

Scottish golfers can now play in four balls.

This is as long as the course has a designated Covid officer and all four golfers live within the local authority area.

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When Can I Play In A Four Ball in Northern Ireland?

There is currently no date for when golf courses will be re-opening in Northern Ireland.

The country's executive will be making Covid reviews on March 16, April 15, May 13 and June 10.

It is expected that courses will re-open soon, with Northern Ireland being the only country in the UK without a date as things stand.

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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