Can golf be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Can golf be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic? 18

🕔12:19, 29.Jan 2021

New research has found that the ‘level of [Covid-19] transmission from playing golf is likely to be extremely low’ and has led to calls that an expert in physical activity joins the UK’s SAGE advisory group.

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Club needs to downsize to 12 holes ‘in order to survive’

Club needs to downsize to 12 holes ‘in order to survive’ 4

🕔07:53, 29.Jan 2021

A Buckinghamshire golf club has said it needs to downsize from 18 holes to 12 – and build an area for mobile homes where those former six holes were located – otherwise it will not be financially viable.

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Here’s three developments in January that the golf industry has been talking about

Here’s three developments in January that the golf industry has been talking about 2

🕔06:02, 29.Jan 2021

January has been a month dominated by Covid lockdowns and talk of handicaps for golfers who are not members of golf clubs.

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From your fork to the tee

From your fork to the tee 0

🕔13:11, 28.Jan 2021

From a golf club that uses food waste from the restaurant as fertiliser on the course to a venue that has replaced its grass to a species that requires less water, here’s a look at environmental best practice in golf.

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Edinburgh golf courses report huge growth in last year

Edinburgh golf courses report huge growth in last year 2

🕔06:37, 28.Jan 2021

Municipal golf courses in Edinburgh have reported that the number of rounds on their venues, and membership of them, was nearly two-thirds higher in the second half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

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What will the Open Championship look like in 2021?

What will the Open Championship look like in 2021? 0

🕔13:11, 27.Jan 2021

Last year will be remembered for many things, but one thing as golf fans we do not want to look back on is the cancellation of the Open Championship.

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‘Nomad’ handicap plan to bring in £5 million for England Golf

‘Nomad’ handicap plan to bring in £5 million for England Golf 8

🕔07:13, 27.Jan 2021

England Golf’s proposal to offer handicaps to non-members of golf clubs is projected to bring in about £5 million of income to the organisation per year, within five years.

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‘Why is angling allowed but golf forbidden?’

‘Why is angling allowed but golf forbidden?’ 5

🕔07:29, 26.Jan 2021

The golf industry is continuing to pressurise the government to end the enforced closure of clubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

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Call for improved signage as man has surgery on his testicle after being hit by a golf ball

Call for improved signage as man has surgery on his testicle after being hit by a golf ball 3

🕔07:18, 25.Jan 2021

A man who was struck by a ball as he walked along a golf course in Cheshire last month has had surgery on his testicle – and called for golf clubs to improve signage that highlights risks.

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Types of golf clubs every new player should have

Types of golf clubs every new player should have 1

🕔20:44, 24.Jan 2021

If you’ve just started with golf and you’re ready to purchase your first set of clubs, then you probably know that there are many types out there to choose from.

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Charity terminates lease of club less than a year after acquiring it

Charity terminates lease of club less than a year after acquiring it 0

🕔12:55, 22.Jan 2021

A charity that took over the running of a Surrey golf club just last summer has terminated its lease and said the club has been ‘burdened by a commercially unrealistic rent’.

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Vandals rip up fairways at Scottish golf club

Vandals rip up fairways at Scottish golf club 2

🕔07:11, 22.Jan 2021

Vandals have driven on to a Scottish golf course on quad bikes, causing significant damage worth several thousands of pounds, and to an English course as well.

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2020 in pro golf: The five stories that defined the year

2020 in pro golf: The five stories that defined the year 0

🕔16:32, 21.Jan 2021

For most of us amateur golfers, the biggest issue of 2020 was struggling to get onto a course for several months throughout the year.

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Meet the golf club managing director: Ben Laing

Meet the golf club managing director: Ben Laing 9

🕔11:56, 21.Jan 2021

Running Branston Golf & Country Club in Staffordshire, Ben details an extraordinary year in his life, which began with him and four others buying a golf club – just weeks before the March 2020 lockdown.

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Legal advice from the NGCAA: Employment contracts

Legal advice from the NGCAA: Employment contracts 0

🕔11:49, 21.Jan 2021

The Good Work Plan saw a number of employment law changes come into effect in 2020, of which many may have been missed by golf club employers due to Covid-19.

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How to achieve irrigation budgeting

How to achieve irrigation budgeting 0

🕔11:48, 21.Jan 2021

Your irrigation system is one of the most important tools but also can be your biggest headache if it is not up to scratch.

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Most golf clubs are not offering financial incentives to members

Most golf clubs are not offering financial incentives to members 7

🕔06:18, 21.Jan 2021

A new survey of UK golf clubs has found less than a quarter are offering either a price reduction or deferral option for members financially struggling amid the pandemic but who might want to renew their annual subscription.

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Non-members of English golf clubs ‘will be offered a handicap this year’

Non-members of English golf clubs ‘will be offered a handicap this year’ 31

🕔07:39, 20.Jan 2021

The chief executive of England Golf has suggested that, for the first time ever, this year golfers who are not members of golf clubs will be offered a handicap.

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‘We’ve been inundated with enquiries’

‘We’ve been inundated with enquiries’ 7

🕔06:57, 19.Jan 2021

A golf group that runs seven resorts in England and Scotland has said it has been ‘inundated with enquiries’, particularly for the second quarter of 2021, despite – or perhaps because of – the pandemic.

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‘Why can you go for a walk but not play golf?’

‘Why can you go for a walk but not play golf?’ 10

🕔07:01, 18.Jan 2021

Golf club managers whose venues have closed due to coronavirus restrictions are continuing to state how disappointed and frustrated they are by the decision.

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Golf club profile: Prince’s Golf Club

Golf club profile: Prince’s Golf Club 4

🕔16:18, 16.Jan 2021

The Kent venue has been widely regarded as one of the best links courses in the world for years – and maintaining this reputation has required upgrades, including a recent clubhouse revamp.

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Another club is hit by fly-tipping

Another club is hit by fly-tipping 0

🕔07:42, 15.Jan 2021

An Isle of Wight golf club has become the latest venue to report that it has been the victim of fly-tipping.

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‘The pandemic has created an opportunity for golf’

‘The pandemic has created an opportunity for golf’ 0

🕔07:29, 14.Jan 2021

A Hampshire golf club that has seen a sharp rise in new members in the last year due to the pandemic has said Covid-19 is providing an opportunity for venues after years of decline.

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Golf club may ban walkers following antisocial behaviour

Golf club may ban walkers following antisocial behaviour 0

🕔12:33, 13.Jan 2021

A golf club in Lancashire that has allowed walkers to use its course for exercise during the lockdown has said it may stop this after the venue was vandalised.

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Golfer sets up Scottish mental health Scramble for 2021

Golfer sets up Scottish mental health Scramble for 2021 0

🕔10:47, 13.Jan 2021

A former PGA Advanced Professional is asking Scottish golf clubs to support a mental health charity by hosting a Scramble for their members in 2021.

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The biggest golf tournaments in 2021

The biggest golf tournaments in 2021 0

🕔18:38, 12.Jan 2021

The major golf tournaments are scheduled to take place on their regular dates in 2021, so we already know what to expect from the 2021 golf calendar.

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‘Subscriptions are coming in nicely’

‘Subscriptions are coming in nicely’ 0

🕔16:41, 12.Jan 2021

The manager of a golf club in lockdown has suggested he is optimistic for 2021 despite recent events – which, crucially, have not deterred his club’s members from renewing their annual subscriptions.

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