All golfers in Scotland can return to playing competitions from Monday

All members of golf clubs in Scotland can start competing in competitions again from Monday, according to the latest Covid-19 update from Scottish Golf.

Scottish Golf has issued new Covid-19 guidance to clubs, which takes effect from Monday. Picture: Scottish Golf

The bulletin sent to member clubs this morning has also given the green light for clubhouse facilities to reopen on the same day.

In the previous update issued last week, players from outwith a club’s local authority area were given the thumbs up to travel for a “casual game of golf”.

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However, the same players were restricted from competitive play if “cross-border” travel was required.

That sparked anger among players in that position, but, as had been intimated by Scottish Golf, the restriction is being lifted from the start of next week.

In an email to clubs, chief operating officer Karin Sharp said: “Following this week's announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Golf welcomes confirmation that mainland Scotland will be entering Level 3 on Monday, 26 April.

“We have received final approval from our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government on our updated guidance.”

The following changes will take place:

* Adults living in Level 3 or Level 4 areas may leave their local authority area to participate in informal exercise and organised sport that starts and finishes in the same place.

* Clubhouse facilities may open.

* All indoor hospitality may operate until 20.00, allowing 6 people from 2 households to meet. No alcohol is permitted.

* All outdoor hospitality may resume. Groups may consist of up to 6 people from 6 households. Alcohol may be served, and licensing times apply.

Sharp added: “We know that 26 April is a date that will have been circled in the diaries of both golf clubs and golfers across Scotland for some time now, and we are delighted that we can continue to make progress out of lockdown.

“We would remind everyone to continue to follow the latest guidance and take the required precautions to ensure we can continue to benefit from these new relaxations.

“Please note that detail for all other levels remains indicative at this stage and could be subject to further relaxation or change.”

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