Monday, June 01, 2020

Players enjoy a round of golf at Carlow Golf Club recently


By John Foley

GOLF was one of the first sports to get back to some kind of normality in phase one of the easing of government restrictions.

Today, the GUI and ILGU announced details of how it will operate from next Monday under phase two.

Four-balls will be allowed at 14-minute intervals while there will also be a re-introduction of competition golf with all clubs being issued guidance on running competitions during the pandemic.

The task of administering competitions, performed by volunteer committee members, may be more labour intensive and golfers are asked to be mindful that additional time is likely to be required to finalise results and update handicaps.

Outdoor group activities can also resume during this phase and the process of reintroducing junior activity to golf clubs is included in the updated protocol.

There will be a further benefit to clubs with people allowed to travel up to 20km from their home. Up to now only club members who lived within five kilometres of their course were allowed to play.

However, with travel permitted over larger distances, more club members will be allowed to get back on course from next Monday.

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