Can I play golf in Scotland? Scottish Golf publish guidelines for golfers as Covid-19 lockdown eases

Scottish Golf is aiming to help the country’s golfers deliver “safe golf” as courses reopen following the coronavirus closure. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Getting ready for golf's return.
Getting ready for golf's return.

General guidelines

Travel restrictions outlined by the Scottish Government should always be adhered to by members. Physical distancing rules outlined by the Scottish Government should always be adhered to. Members who are in the highest risk (shielding) group outlined by the Government should stay away from their club. Members with colds or any symptoms of Covid-19 should not be allowed on the premises of the club. Use toilet facilities at home before you leave. Bring your own hydration/food to the course. Bring your own hand sanitiser to the course and use regularly during the round.

In advance of play

Ensure you have enough balls, tees etc as the club facilities may be closed. You should not exchange equipment with others. Aim to arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play. Change your shoes in the car park.

On the course

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Do not arrive at the first tee more than five minutes before your allotted tee time. Always observe social distancing rules on the course. With no rakes allowed on the course, golfers to make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club and/or feet. After a hole, do not enter the next teeing area until all the members of the group in front have played their tee-shots and left the area. Do not share equipment, food or drink with other players during your round. Do not use on-course water fountains, ball cleaners etc. Do not touch the flag or pin. Putt with the flag in and remove your own ball from the hole. Remember not every putt needs to be holed out in casual golf.

After your round

Return directly to your car, change your shoes, put your equipment in your car and leave.

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