Wales Golf COVID-19
Page last updated 1st June 2020
Update to Golf in Wales following the Welsh Government Announcement
29th May 2020
Following the First Ministers announcement on the 29th May, Wales Golf has received clarification from the Welsh Government. The following guidelines will come into force from the 1st June 2020. Current Golf Industry Guidelines are still in place.
For a copy of the full Wales Golf Guidance please click here
What is the new ‘Local’ travel guidance?
‘As a general rule, for most people anything within about five miles of your home is considered local.’
Click here for information on what is considered as local.
Click here for information on travelling for sport.
Can I play golf with people outside my household?
‘Members of two separate households to meet outdoors at any one time as long as they stay local and maintain social distancing.’
Click here for latest Welsh Government advice around meeting different households
Taking this information into consideration, the following groupings are allowed when playing golf and when travel is ‘local’:
- Individuals playing golf on their own.
- Two balls:
- Two players from one household
- Two players from different households
At the discretion of the golf club, play in groups of three or four-balls is permitted in the following forms;
- Three balls:
- Three players from one household
- Two players from one household with one from another household
- Four balls:
- Four players from one household
- Two players from one household with two from another household
- One player from one household and three from another household
Physical distancing guidelines and industry guidelines must be adhered to before, during, and after the round.
Wales Golf and The PGA would like to clarify the following points for PGA Members based in Wales. We would like to remind you that you must abide by the Welsh Government restrictions, and not those of England.
No changes were confirmed regarding non-essential retail. Non-essential retailers are encouraged to prepare over the next three weeks ahead of the following review. Golf retail shops are currently not listed on the Welsh Government list of premises that can open for retail purposes, therefore, they must remain closed.
Essential access to a building such as a Professional shop for Clubs that operate a booking system to regulate tee times, registration, and take payment, is permissible provided appropriate social distancing precautionary measures are put in place.
With the changes to Welsh Guidelines, coaching is now permissible under strict infection control measures, observing 2-meter physical distancing and must take place outside. Coaching must be either 1 coach to 1 household individual or 1 coach with a household group.
To comply with this regulation, you should enforce strict hygiene measures, and it is recommended that PGA professionals complete a comprehensive risk assessment and refer to the coaching guidelines on the PGA COVID-19 resource hub.
Further Wales Golf Guidance
Wales Golf would like to thank all those golfers, volunteers, club officials and staff who have worked so hard to ensure the return to play has gone smoothly so far. The Welsh Government rules have been loosened slightly to allow players from two households to play together, but all the R&A protocols of play and Welsh Government guidance still apply.
We would urge golfers to check if they can play within the Welsh Government travel guidelines, to abide by the new rules when they come into practice on Monday and maintain a safe approach.
Please click here for further information on the Welsh Government announcement.
Please note: The following documents have now been updated
Click here to download the Wales Golf Guidance Document for Playing Golf in Wales and UK Under COVID-19 Restrictions (VERSION 5)
Click here for Wales Golf Guidance around competitions
Wales Golf COVID-19 Press announcements:
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 2020 – Welsh golf clubs to shut due to COVID-19 crisis
19th March 2020 – Different approach for social golf and team championships qualifying
17th March 2020 – Wales Golf events postponed due to COVID-19
13th March 2020 – Wales Golf monitoring COVID-19 developments