Golfers welcome easing of lockdown
rules as Pwllglas fairways open up
A cautious easing of golf’s Covid-19 lockdown which allows people from different households to play together has been welcomed by Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club.
The members club has been operating a system of singles golf only with an exception for two members of the same household to play together since the Welsh Government allowed golf clubs to re-open on Thursday, May 21.
But now a further easing of restrictions has meant members of two different households have been able to play together in a pair as long as they maintain social distancing and stay local – a travel distance of five miles.
The relaxation also allows for three– and four-ball play but only involving members of one or two households.
Club chairman Oswyn Roberts said: “We welcome this further lifting of the restrictions which mean that more people will be able to play regularly and in the more usual forms of social golf.
“We have introduced an on-line tee-booking system with slots 15 minutes apart and members have been making use of this and it will continue for the immediate future.
“It has been good to see people back on the course and enjoying the game at a time which has been very difficult for so many people.
“Our greens staff have worked very hard to maintain the course despite shortages of some specialist types of fertilisers and dressings and of course a desperate and unusual shortage of rain.
“Those have now been acquired – though the rain hasn’t – and the course is quickly returning to condition now while the views remain as stunning as ever and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more of our members and also visitors.”
The changing areas of the clubhouse including showers and toilets have re-opened but the main area, including the bar and kitchens remain closed.
The cups on the greens have been inverted so that a holed putt is easily picked up without touching the flagstick and bunker rakes have been removed to avoid cross-contamination. Players can rake the sand as best they can with clubs or the soles of their golf shoes.
Club secretary Ian Vaughan Evans said: “The tee booking database has been updated to allow for threes and fours and you are now able to book for seven days in advance.
“We will review how these changes work and make any necessary changes if there are particular difficulties with any of them.
“Memberships are available and anyone interested can contact me at email@example.com ”
The new golf regulations are as follows:
Members of two separate households will be allowed to play together in pairs, three-and four-balls, as long as they stay local and maintain social distancing.
Physical distancing and industry guidelines must be adhered to before, during and after the round and the guidance on local travel has not changed.
For further information go to https://ruthinpwllglasgc.uk/