England Golf announce courses must close in wake of lockdown

Golf courses across the district will fall silent after courses were ordered to close in the wake of Monday’s announcement that the UK was going into lockdown.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 10:25 am
England Golf announced on Monday that all courses across the country would now close for the foreseeable future. Both competition and recreational play will cease until restrictions are lifted by the Government.

A statement from England Golf said that all clubs, courses and facilities must close following on from the Prime Minister’s statement and would remain out of operation for the foreseeable future.

Although clubhouses closed on Friday in line with recommendations from the Government, some courses remained open last weekend.

The closures mean that courses — including Dewsbury District, Cleckheaton, Hanging Heaton, Howley Hall GC on Scotchman Lane in Morley, Lupset and Wakefield District are now all closed until further notice.

The statement added: “It is England Golf’s position that this deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice.

“The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and on non-essential businesses opening their doors.

“This has been done to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service.

“Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency. The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.

“These are incredibly testing times for the country. The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.

“We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life.”

The statement concluded: “We will continue to signpost clubs and counties to the latest government advice and schemes designed to help the economy cope with the disruption caused by Coronavirus.”