Q. When is golf reopening? A. Following the announcement from the Irish Government on March 30, it has been confirmed that golf will be one of the first sports to resume for mass participation in the Republic of Ireland on April 26.
Q. How far can I travel to play golf? A. From April 26 until further notice, you can travel within your county or 20kms from home to visit your home club.
Q. Can I visit my secondary/away club if I am a member? A. Yes if it within the county you reside or 20km from your home.
Q. How many people can I play golf with? A. In the initial phase, the Irish Government have decided that participants in sport and exercise activity must be from no more than two households. Therefore, groups playing on golf courses during this initial phase must be confined to a maximum of two households. This means that all tee times must be either twoballs, or alternatively three-balls and four-balls where players in the group are from no more than two households.
Q. Can I play handicap qualifying golf? A. Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on Sport have stipulated in their sectoral guidance regarding the sports that are resuming on 26th April that no formal competitions should be organised or promoted by clubs in the initial phase of reopening. Clubs are permitted to administer handicap-qualifying activities which may involve collection of entry/registration fees (which should be done online), a procedure for players registering to play a counting round, and collation of scores and handicap adjustments in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. However, all such golf activities should be solely on the basis of “arrival-play-depart without delay”.
Q. Can I pay a green fee to play at my local course? A. Not currently. Visitors and members will be permitted in later stages of reopening. Q. Whose role is it to monitor members coming to our club? A. It is the responsibility of individuals to observe society-wide public health guidelines. Whilst golf clubs must ensure that the game is played safely, it is not the responsibility of golf clubs to ensure that members adhere to the laws of the land.
Q. Golf Clubs have no potential for revenue with what is being proposed (no green fees) but increased costs by opening. What advice do you have? A. Golf returning will allow members to enjoy their club facilities in the first instance and membership revenue is an important income stream for clubs. As restrictions on movement are eased there will be a return to visitors (see Golf Ireland Protocol Document)