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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.

Retail

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.

Coaching

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 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
  • Wales Golf Guidance around Competitions & Handicapping
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  • Wales Golf Government and Industry Guidance for Back2Golf
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  • Unlocking Plans for Golf in Wales
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  • Wales Golf Back2Golf Infographic
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  • Wales Golf Return to Golf post COVID-19 Risk Assessment
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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 4
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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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