Golf Courses to re-open from next week

Close House Golf Club in Newcastle.

The North East has welcomed the resumption of golf as courses across the UK have been allowed to re-open following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week.

Clubs across the region will be ready to open for play from next Wednesday 3 December.

Jonathan Lupton, managing director of Close House in Newcastle Upon Tyne said: “We’re really pleased to be able to provide the service back to the members again as November was obviously very frustrating for all parties.

“However, we are a multi-functional facility so we are left with some frustration over the issue of our hospitality venue meaning we can’t food and beverage due to being in tier 3.

“Ultimately, we’re really pleased to welcome members back into what we have always believed to be a safe environment.”

Due to announcements today of the North East tier 3 position, the decision has left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths but Golf Professional, Ross Crowe, says tier 3 could be ‘beneficial’ to golf pro’s like him.

He said: “On the whole, re-opening is going to be good, especially for Christmas trade and footfall through the door in a usually busy period.

“The North East being in tier 3 might actually benefit golf professionals as there’s less to do [for customers] and hopefully more people will be playing golf, which means I’ll see more happy faces through my door.”

The announcement will allow golf to return under all tiers providing the ‘Rule Of Six’ is followed. This will allow fourball play and there will be no restriction on the number of households.

The restrictions will also lift on coaching, club fitting and outdoor driving ranges will also be allowed to re-open.

Golf clubs in tier 1 and 2 will also be able to open indoor hospitality facilities. Those clubs in tier 3 will have to continue to operate as a takeaway service only.

And of course, golfers will be delighted with the news and some can’t wait to get back at it, one member of Blyth Golf Club said:  “As a retired man who hasn’t got much to do, I’ve really missed playing golf.

“It helps me physically as its really good exercise but also mentally. Not being able to see my mates has really affected me these last couple of weeks.”

As always, remember the current guidelines when playing golf.

Before and During your round

  1. Arrive just before your tee-time to avoid congregating in areas such as the putting green.
  2. Always remain socially distanced from playing partners, even when searching for lost balls.
  3. Do not touch stray balls.
  4. Rake bunkers with feet or club due to the removal of rakes from bunkers.
  5. Do not touch flagstick.

After your round 

  1. Do not swap cards
  2. If in tier 1 or 2, facemasks must be worn in the clubhouse and it is table service only. Those in Tier 3 must go home.