Golf programs shut as England enters third lockdown
The UK government has announced the closure of all golf courses and driving ranges in England with immediate effect as part of its third national lockdown.
This means everyone will have to work from home, except critical workers, and that any local restrictions currently in place will be replaced.
Golf clubs, golf courses – both indoor and outdoor – and driving ranges must be closed during this full lockdown, which is expected to last until mid-February.
Coaching and customization are not permitted during this time, although pro shops and other golf dealers may offer a click-and-collect service where goods are pre-ordered and either picked up or delivered off-site.
England Golf – as part of the all-party group on golf along with other leading industry associations – has expressed disappointment with the closings after having argued over the past few months that golf should be kept open during national bans and at the regional level System and says it will continue to make sure that golf reopens whenever possible.
Golf courses in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales are also closed, although golf courses in Scotland will only be open to two-ball play for up to two households. It is currently illegal for those living outside Scotland to cross their borders unless it is essential work.