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Following the First Minister’s update on Thursday 9 July, Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all Clubs with Phase 3 Guidance for all golf clubs and golfers as Scotland continues to transition through its route map out of lockdown. The Scottish Golf guidance document has been updated and reviewed by appropriate Scottish Government channels and we would again ask that all clubs familiarise themselves with the information outlined in the below Phase 3 Guidance. 

2 key items in the update are:

a) The return of 4 ball play and

b) Club competitions may now resume

You can access Scottish Golf's Phase 3 Guidance here . 

In anticipation of the wider re-opening of indoor hospitality on Wednesday 15 July, we have updated our readiness guide to assist you with preparing your clubhouse for re-opening. The document is prepared based on the latest information we currently have. This could be subject to further change or additional measures that will require implementation. Scottish Golf has produced a readiness document to support you in reopening your clubhouse which can be accessed here. As with all of Scottish Golf’s guidance, this is subject to change.

For full details on all the Phase 3 changes please click here


Following the First Minister’s update on Thursday 2 July, Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all Clubs with updated Phase 2 Guidance as Scotland continues to transition through its route map out of lockdown. The Scottish Golf guidance document has been updated and reviewed by appropriate Scottish Government channels and we would again ask that all clubs familiarise themselves with the key dates outlined in our updated Phase 2 Guidance. In anticipation of the wider re-opening of indoor hospitality venues, we have prepared a readiness guide to assist you with preparing your clubhouse for re-opening. The document is prepared based on the latest information we currently have. This could be subject to further change or additional measures that will require implementation. At this time it is our understanding that a target date of 15 July remains. As with all of Scottish Golf’s guidance, this is subject to change and will require final sign off from Government. This will not happen until nearer the time and we will continue to keep our clubs updated as and when we have further information available on this aspect. Get more details on this announcement at Scottish Golf


As part of a club support package funded by the R&A, Scottish Golf are pleased to announce that £685,000 will be made available to affiliated Scottish Golf clubs who have been affected financially by COVID-19. Scottish Golf, on behalf of our member clubs, are extremely grateful to the R&A for providing financial support to the golf industry. The grants will be made available via two separate allocations; the COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant and the Club Relief Fund.

Details of the two funds are outlined below, and applications are welcomed from all affiliated Scottish Golf clubs:

COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant

The COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant will enable every affiliated club in Scotland to apply for a maximum of £500 for fixed costs specifically associated with preparing for safe play and club/course management following the COVID-19 lockdown in early March 2020. These can include but are not exhaustive of sanitation products, COVID-19 related H&S safety equipment, professional fees, signage, training, video conferencing licence (e.g. zoom) and any other COVID-19 related spend. Read more about this funding here


melanoma

After a successful campaign last year, the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf has returned in 2020 with as the Melanoma Fund aims to support 500 golf clubs across the UK to become “Sun Protection Accredited.” The campaign, supported by Scottish Golf, aims to transform awareness of sun protection in golf and hopes to tackle the rapid rise of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer within the sport. Golf clubs in Scotland can get support from the Melanoma Fund who are offering free support for clubs to become Sun Protection Accredited. Find out more about this initiative here


Due to limited facilities at Clubs and restrictions by the Scottish Government, the GGU Executive has decided to cancel the following events - the Glasgow Strokeplay which was scheduled for Sunday 12th July at Sandyhills Golf Club, and the Glasgow Matchplay Championship which was due to be played a week later on Sunday the 19th July at Ralston Golf Club.


Following today’s announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Golf is pleased to confirm that golf clubs in Scotland can begin to prepare for a return to golf on 29 May 2020 at the earliest, subject to final confirmation by the First Minister by way of an update currently planned for 28 May.  

Scottish Golf has worked with Scottish Government, Active Scotland, sportscotland, Health Protection Scotland, The PGA and key industry partners at every opportunity to produce a clear guide for all golf clubs and golfers in Scotland.

It should be noted that a final decision will be made by the First Minister on 28 May and if any changes to the current procedures are required to align with updates provided by Scottish Government then these will be shared with you as soon as they are known to ensure re-opening plans can be updated or adjusted accordingly.

Once golf has resumed, the following groupings will be permitted to play Golf in Scotland:

  • Two Balls – may be from two households whilst maintaining physical distancing
  • Groups up to 4 four players permitted at the discretion of the golf club (ensuring that only two households are represented in the group)

Scottish Golf would like to highlight that the Scottish Government continues to monitor its response to the COVID-19 outbreak closely and have not ruled out the re-introduction of restrictions which could see golf paused again if these guidelines are not being followed. 

It is therefore imperative that golf clubs take the necessary steps outlined prior to opening their courses for play and adhere to the guidelines detailed in our guide.


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