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Wales Golf COVID-19

Page last updated 25th May 2020

Please note: The following documents may be updated

Click here to view the Wales Golf FAQ’s regarding the re-opening of Golf in Wales Updated V3

Click here to download the Wales Golf Guidance Document for Playing Golf in Wales and UK Under COVID-19 Restrictions (VERSION 3)

Click here to download our ‘Golfers Stay Safe Guidance’ infographic (VERSION 2) 

Latest guidance from Welsh Government on golf re-starting in Wales.

Following recent Welsh Government announcements and the revision of certain Covid-19 related restrictions golf clubs are permitted to open if they so wish.  It is entirely at each golf club’s discretion as to whether they choose to open and if so when they choose to do so.  We would advise that clubs that do wish to re-open do not do so immediately so as to ensure they have sufficient protocols in place to adhere to these guidelines, which we will be on hand to assist with. This would allow for a managed and co-ordinated reintroduction of golf across Wales from next Monday 18 May at the earliest.

The latest guidance from Welsh Government on leaving home to exercise can be accessed by clicking here .

The following information has been taken from the Welsh Government’s website and it helps explain in more detail the regulations in place.

Will golf courses reopen?

Under our guidelines, golf courses are not listed as a business or premise that must remain closed.

“The regulations state that exercise should be done locally, which means people cannot drive to exercise outside their local area; people also cannot exercise with anyone other than a member of their own household. More than two people congregating in a public place is regarded as a gathering, which is an offence under the regulations. 

“We are continuing to prepare for the future, working with our partners and stakeholders. We would expect Wales Golf, working with the R&A and other UK governing bodies, to monitor the situation in England closely where golf will be permitted from May 13 and prepare detailed protocols* for a potential partial resumption in Wales when the conditions are right.

(*Protocols for Playing Golf in the UK Under COVID-19 Restrictions prepared by the R&A and the Golf Industry can be accessed by clicking here .)

Can I drive somewhere to exercise?

In general, exercise should not involve people driving away from home to exercise. No journeys outside your local area should be taken to exercise in the countryside, at the coast or at other beauty spots, for example – many beauty spots have been closed to prevent people gathering.

However, people with specific health or mobility issues may need to travel a short distance from their home to exercise. For example, some wheelchair users may not be able to exercise immediately outside their homes for practical reasons. In such circumstances the journey should be to the nearest convenient accessible location.

Our laws are clear that you must exercise alone or with members of your household.

What do we mean by local?

People should not travel a significant distance from their home to exercise.

We have deliberately not defined this more precisely as it could be seen to be arbitrary and it will also depend on the circumstances – what people perceive to be “local” in Cardiff on the one hand, and in Mid Wales on the other, could be quite different.

“People are asked to exercise good judgement and common sense. If you live in Cardiff and have driven to Porthcawl to exercise on the beach, you haven’t stayed local.”

Wales Golf staff will continue to be available for all clubs in Wales to assist with implementing regulations and guidelines and ensuring any return to play can be conducted safely. If you require assistance please email office@walesgolf.org

Wales Golf would urge all member clubs and golfers to comply with the regulations in a responsible manner.

If clubs or members are found to be in breach of these guidelines then it could lead to Welsh Government introducing measures that force golf courses to close.

Note:- All the regulations referred to above are from Welsh Government and not from Wales Golf.  Wales Golf will continue to work closely with Welsh Government towards the resumption of golf in Wales when the conditions are right.

 

Wales Golf COVID-19 Press announcements: 

20th May 2020 – Wales Golf Championships Update 

27th April 2020 – Wales Golf Statement 

15th April 2020 – Further Wales Golf Championships Postponed or Cancelled

25th March 2020 – National Championship Postponements

24th March 2020Welsh golf clubs to shut due to COVID-19 crisis 

19th March 2020Different approach for social golf and team championships qualifying

17th March 2020Wales Golf events postponed due to COVID-19

13th March 2020Wales Golf monitoring COVID-19 developments

 

Golf in the UK under COVID-19 restrictions Click Here
Sport Wales Emergency Funding Relief Click Here 
Business Wales Click here
Business Wales – Financial Support and grants Click here
Business Wales – Local Authority advice Click here 
Business Wales – Economic Resilience Fund Eligibility Checker Click Here
Government Guidance – Job Retention Scheme Click here
UK Government: COVID-19 Support for Businesses Click here
Welsh Sports Association – Support for sport in Wales Click here 
BIGGA Click Here
Public Health Wales Advice Click here
NHS Advice Click here
World Health Organisation Click here

 

 

ORIGINAL DATE NEW DATE STATUS  EVENT LOCATION
MARCH
March TBA Postponed Golf Sustainability Workshops Various
March TBA Postponed World Handicapping Roadshows Various
27th March TBA Postponed Wales Golf Awards Celtic Manor Resort
APRIL
16th April Cancelled Junior Tour Event 1 Mold Golf Club
19th April Cancelled Junior Tour Event 2 Milford Haven Golf Club
MAY
1st – 3rd May TBA Postponed Ladies Open Strokeplay Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
14th – 17th May TBA Postponed Men’s Open Strokeplay Southerndown Golf Club
23rd – 25th May TBA Postponed Ladies Amateur Championship Rhuddlan Golf Club
29th – 31st May Cancelled Welsh Open Youths’ Llandudno Maesdu Golf Club
JUNE
6th June Cancelled Junior Tour Event 3 Lakeside Garthmyl Golf Club
9th  – 11th June Cancelled Welsh Seniors Championship Aberdovey Golf Club
19th – 21st June  TBA Postponed  Wales Golf Festival (Including Junior Tour Event 4) Parc Golf Club
 24th – 26th June Cancelled Welsh Open Seniors’ Ashburnham Golf Club
JULY
 11th July Cancelled R&A 9 hole Championship Royal St George’s Golf Club, England
 12th July Cancelled Junior Tour Event 5 Caernarvon Golf Club
 21st -24th July  TBA Postponed Welsh Boys & Girls Championship Cardigan Golf Club
 26th July  – Cancelled Victory Shield Foursomes Newport Golf Club
27th – 30th July 5th – 6th October Postponed Welsh Amateur Championship Newport Golf Club
AUGUST
 4th August Cancelled Wales Golf Medal & Bowls  Llandrindod Wells Golf Club
7th – 9th August Cancelled Welsh Team Championships Porthmadog Golf Club
29th – 30th August Cancelled Ladies Team Championships Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club
SEPTEMBER
9th September  – Cancelled Centenary Greensomes Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
 10th September Cancelled Senior Greensomes Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
13th September Cancelled Junior Tour Final Builth Wells Golf Club
 27th – 28th September  – Cancelled  Australian Spoons Final & Ping Mixed Foursomes Padeswood & Buckley Golf Club

 

High Performance Tournament Calendar

https://www.walesgolf.org/tournament-calendars/ 

Any events that Wales Golf recognised as Order of Merit / Golfer of the Year are under review

We hope you are well, and that all your staff, members, families and friends are safe. It has been a period of significant uncertainty and disruption due to the COVID-19 virus, and we have all been required to adapt our practices.

Wales Golf would like to assure you that safeguarding remains a priority and staff are working remotely and flexibly to support clubs during this difficult time. We continue to provide a safeguarding service to all clubs, their members, staff and volunteers.

Concerns can be reported by email to Sian Simmons, Wales Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer sian.simmons@walesgolf.org or Linda Stokoe, Safeguarding Co-ordinator linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org We continue to provide safeguarding advice and support for all involved in the sport of golf. This also includes DBS checks and virtual Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops.

There will be no change in our safeguarding and information sharing practices. We will continue to refer all safeguarding concerns to the relevant statutory agencies, as well as relevant sports bodies and SafeGolf Group partners.

If you have any concerns or need advice and support please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe.
Regards

Sian Simmons
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Sian.simmons@walesgolf.org

Linda Stokoe
Safeguarding Co-ordinator
linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org

Sport Specific Guidance on Virtual Coaching
Many coaches are looking to stay in-touch and host virtual lessons with their pupils during this challenging time.
The NSPCC has created a useful safeguarding guidance on virtual coaching to keep in-touch with golfers at home.
The sport specific guidance on virtual coaching covers:
• Safeguarding procedures
• Online group coaching sessions
• One on one online coaching sessions
• Training programmes and schedules
Click here for sport specific guidance on virtual coaching

NSPCC Coronavirus Hub
The NSPCC has collated all the information relevant at this time in one place. This includes key information for parents and carers during this time.
Click here to access the NSPCC Coronavirus Hub

Help for children who may be anxious and worried about the Coronavirus

Click here for Childline – to access information, advice and support
Click here for Young Minds – what to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus
Click here for Emerging Minds – supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety.

Click here for Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing for young people

 

Please be aware of online safety as the risk of online abuse is heightened during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please visit the Childline and NSPCC websites to access information and advice on how to stay safe online and also ThinkuKnow which breaks the information down into ages of the young people

Your personal mental health is very important during this time. Take a look at the advice on the websites below on how to support your mental health and wellbeing.

Click here for Coronavirus and your mental health help
Click here for advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Ann Craft Trust in collaboration with Clubmatters have produced a leaflet about Safeguarding adults during COVID 19 for clubs click here to veiw it.

 

Downloads
  • Golf’s potential phased approach linked to the Welsh Governments ‘Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation’ publication
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  • Wales Golf Back2Golf Infographic
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  • Wales Golf Government and Industry Guidance for Back2Golf
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  • Wales Golf Return to Golf post COVID-19 Risk Assessment
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  • UK Golf Industry Statement 10th May 2020
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  • Playing Golf in the UK under Covid-19 Restrictions
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  • Operational Guidance under Covid-19 restrictions
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  • R&A Essential Maintenance Statement Version 3
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  • Golf Industry Guidelines
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  • Business Wales - Economic Resilience Fund Guidance Notes
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  • CEO Update - 17th March
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  • CEO Update - 13th March
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