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Wales Golf COVID-19

Page last updated 7th August

IMPORTANT: Click here to view our updated Wales Golf Guidance Document 

Opening of changing rooms and indoor coaching/practice facilities

The Welsh Government has today confirmed that from Monday 10th of August, swimming pools, indoor fitness studios, gyms and leisure centers will be able to re-open. Thus meaning, golf club changing rooms and indoor coaching/practice facilities will be able to re-open providing they can follow industry regulations.

The Welsh Government continue to explore whether changes can be made to the rules to enable people to meet indoors with other people who aren’t part of their household or extended household from August 15*.

Click here for guidance around the re-opening of changing room facilities

Click here for the full Welsh Government Update

*Subject to review

Clarification on indoor bar and restaurant facilities – 4th August 2020

Wales Golf would like to clarify the situation regarding indoor bar and restaurant facilities.
From Monday 3rd August, “When venues open indoors you will be able to eat or drink indoors only with the people you live with (members of your own household) or members of your extended household if you have agreed to form one.”
“Monday 3 August you will be allowed to eat or drink outdoors with people outside your household or extended household, as long as you maintain social and physical distancing from them and the size of the group does not exceed 30 people.”
We would like to remind you that all golf clubs wishing to operate bar and restaurant service must follow the Welsh Government regulations.
Further advice from the Welsh Government can be found in their frequently asked questions here. 


Welsh Government Update 31st July 

Today (31st July) it has been confirmed indoor bar and restaurant facilities are able to open from Monday 3rd August. The statement can be found here.

If conditions remain favourable, from the 10th of August, both indoor teaching & practice facilities and club changing room facilities are able to re-open, providing they can be re-opened safely and following the Welsh Government Guidelines.

Click here for guidance around the re-opening of changing room facilities

Click here for the Welsh Government Tourism and Hospitality business checklist

Click here for UK Hospitality Cymru. Additional industry guidance, approved by the Welsh Government


Please note: The following documents can be found in the DOWNLOAD section: 

  • Wales Golf Risk Assessment 
  • Wales Golf Guidance Document for Playing Golf under COVID-19 (V8)
  • Guidance around Competitions 
  • Click here to view our updated FAQs 

Latest Statement (10th July 2020) from Wales Golf can be found here: Wales Golf Update 31st July 

Wales Golf COVID-19 press announcements: 

31st July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on indoor facilities and changing rooms

10th July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on 3 and 4 ball golf

6th July 2020 – Be Active Wales Fund

3rd July 2020 Wales Golf Update on travel and hospitality

29th June 2020 – Updated R&A and CONGU Guidance

19th June 2020 – Update on Retail, Club Fitting and Driving Ranges

29th May 2020 – Wales Golf urge players to observe Welsh Government guidelines

20th May 2020 – Wales Golf Championships Update 

10th May 2020 – Wales Golf Updated Statement

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

XACT Group Webinar 

Further information:

Call Xact on 0330 3322636 or e-mail 

Please click on the following link access the Xact microsite for further information on the range of services available to our affiliated clubs


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



March TBA Postponed Golf Sustainability Workshops Various
March TBA Postponed World Handicapping Roadshows Various
27th March TBA Postponed Wales Golf Awards Celtic Manor Resort
16th April Cancelled Junior Tour Event 1 Mold Golf Club
19th April Cancelled Junior Tour Event 2 Milford Haven Golf Club
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
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
 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
 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
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 

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 or Linda Stokoe, Safeguarding Co-ordinator 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.

Sian Simmons
Lead Safeguarding Officer

Linda Stokoe
Safeguarding Co-ordinator

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.


  • FAQs
  • R&A COVID-19 Rules of Golf Guidance 29th June 2020
  • Wales Golf Guidance Document
  • CONGU Return-of-Qualifying-Scores Updated COVID-19
  • Wales Golf Return to Golf post COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  • Wales Golf Guidance around Competitions & Handicapping
  • Wales Golf Back2Golf Infographic
  • Playing Golf in the UK under Covid-19 Restrictions
  • Operational Guidance under Covid-19 restrictions
  • R&A Essential Maintenance Statement Version 4
  • Golf Industry Guidelines
  • Track & Trace webinar presentation slides