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Golf During Covid-19


The R&A is providing golfers, golf clubs and greenkeepers with guidance and information to support them with the safe resumption of playing golf during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is important that everyone continues to carefully follow the measures that the government in each country has put in place in relation to physical activity.  

There is a huge amount of expertise within golf clubs and facilities and this best practice guidance simply aims to achieve as consistent an approach as possible to protecting everyone.

Updated guidance on Covid-19 and Rules of Golf was provided on 29 June 2020, click here.

Playing Golf with Covid-19 Restrictions

Covid-19 Resources

Golf clubs and facilities can read and follow the guidance provided on operations and resuming play as they restart their businesses and ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved is protected. 

Greenkeepers can read and follow the Essential Maintenance Guidelines to help them safely prepare their courses for play. For more information about course conditions please click here.


Key Tips for Golf During Covid-19

Tips Before a Round

  • Book your tee time in advance online or over the phone, checking the maximum number of players permitted (and households) and travel guidance
  • Do not play if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are in high risk groups
  • Do not turn up more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time
  • Use bathroom facilities before you leave

Tips at the Course

  • Change shoes in car park and be ready to play (likely no access to clubhouse or lockers)
  • Keep a safe distance of two metres apart from anyone at all times
  • Use hand sanitiser before play and go to 1st tee no more than five minutes before tee off
  • Stay clear of greenkeeping staff

Tips on Playing

  • Do not touch the flagstick
  • Smooth bunkers with your feet or a club
  • Do not swap scorecards or equipment
  • Do not shake hands or stay post round, return to your car and head home afterwards

The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund

The R&A have launched a £7 million funding package, The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund, to help golf deal with the impact of the pandemic.

The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland.

The fund is being provided to help The R&A’s affiliated national associations to support those clubs and facilities, although some of the money may be used for other activities key to the future health of the sport.

The R&A is working with its national associations and other selected organisations on communications, with each body being responsible for controlling and allocating its share. Click the appropriate link below to find out more information from your national association.


Looking to keep your game in shape at home? Brush up on your Rules of Golf knowledge? Have some fun with your family? In these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping golfers and non-golfers active and engaged with our #GolfAtHome campaign.

Through creative content – covering fitness, nutrition, Rules, tips and trick shots – the social media campaign is designed to help keep golfers lovers active, informed and amused!


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