The GGU's End of Season newsletter is now available. It includes a message from President Sandy Anderson, plus reviews of this year's Annual Dinner and Prizegiving, our Competitions, and the Union's Executive. To read the newsletter please click here
End of Season newsletter
Winter Tee time offers
Scottish Golf is delighted that members of Scottish Golf affiliated clubs are once again being given the opportunity to play some of the country’s most famous Open and Scottish Open Championship venues at preferential green fee rates. With support from Muirfield, Prestwick, Royal Troon and Castle Stuart, proceeds from all tee-off time sales will go towards the development of junior golf in Scotland.
Due to the popularity of these offers, a ballot system will be in operation, so to make sure you are in with a chance of enjoying a memorable golfing experience, register your details on one or more of the courses below via the relevant online forms before 5pm on Friday 23rd October. What if I’m successful in the ballot?
You are limited to one application per course, with the option of selecting multiple dates, giving you the best chance of success in the ballot. Booking is subject to the terms and conditions set out by each club and Scottish Golf. Read more here
Restrictions update for local areas
Following our latest update on 8th October, Scottish Golf has been in ongoing dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to seek further clarity on the licensing of premises and how this might impact our affiliated clubs.
We have today received confirmation that individual premises will need to act in accordance with the current guidance in place based on their existing license. As the type of license can vary from club to club, we would encourage all clubs to make contact with their local authority and environmental health team who will be able to further advise on the type of license your clubhouse has.
Scottish Golf would like to remind clubs that the current guidance is as follows and that all clubs should adhere to the restrictions in place in their local area:
Pubs and restaurants in five Scottish health board areas - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley - must shut to all but takeaway customers. In these areas, licensed cafes can remain open from 6am to 6pm but must not sell alcohol.
In other parts of Scotland not mentioned above, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can operate 6am to 6pm but cannot serve alcohol indoors during that time. These premises can sell alcohol outdoors until 10pm.
Rules on gatherings remain the same with a maximum of six people from two households permitted. Thank you for your ongoing understanding during these challenging times.
New restriction information for clubs
Following the First Minister’s latest update in Parliament on Wednesday 7 October, Scottish Golf has been in dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to obtain further clarity about the new national restrictions being implemented across Scotland and how these might impact private member clubs.
On-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to.
The key changes that apply to all golf club, are the hospitality restrictions which apply to private members clubs across the country. These are summarised below and are effective from 6pm on Friday 9th October 2020: Full details can be read here
WHS newsletter update
The third in a series of newsletters from Scottish Golf about the new World Handicap System (WHS) is now available. These updates will give Clubs updates on the latest news, information and developments about the implementation of WHS in Scotland, and while at some points, they may be repetitive, they will provide Clubs with essential updates on what needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition to WHS. The newsletter may be viewed in our Document archive here
Phase 3 guidance update
Following the First Minister’s update in Parliament today (10 September), Scottish Golf would like to clarify that on-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together.
Golf Clubs with hospitality venues should also note that the following changes are effective from Monday 14 September:
• A maximum of six people from two households can meet both indoors and outdoors.
• Staff will be required by law to wear face coverings.
• Customers will be required to wear face coverings while moving around inside a hospitality venue such as entering or exiting a venue or going to the toilet.
We thank all affiliated clubs for their ongoing cooperation during these challenging times. To keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 updates from Scottish Golf, please click here.
The Matchplay Championship will be held at Sandyhills Golf Club on Friday 11th - 13th September. The Quarter-finals will be played on Friday 11th, with the Semi-Final and Final on Sunday 13th. The draw is as follows -
Qualifiers for Matchplay – 11th September 2020 – Sandyhills G C
Seed Name Club
1 Craig Harper Haggs Castle G C
2 Gordon Sangster Cathkin Braes G C
3 Brendan McKenna Pollok G C
4 Jonny Robertson Haggs Castle G C
5 Alan Murphy Ralston G C
6 Matthew Clifford Sandyhills G C
7 Greg Brown Cathkin Braes G C
8 Chris McMillan Bishopbriggs G C
QUARTER FINALS – 11th September 2020 - starts at 16.00
Craig Harper v Chris McMillan
Jonny Robertson v Alan Murphy
Brendan McKenna v Matthew Clifford
Gordon Sangster v Greg Brown
Semi Finals – Sunday 13th ( Morning )
1st : Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
2nd : Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4
Final – Sunday 13th ( Afternoon )
Changes to Regulations for Indoor Hospitality
Scottish Golf wishes to make all affiliated clubs aware of new changes made to the Scottish Government’s regulations for hospitality settings. Effective immediately, it is now mandatory for hospitality venues to collect contact details of visitors to their premises in support of Test and Protect. The new regulations apply to all restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels in which food or drink are sold for consumption on the premises. Businesses must now record the name and contact number of an individual – or lead member of each household in a group – that visits the premises. They must also record the date of visit, the time of arrival, and where possible the departure time.
For golfers checking in for food or drink in clubhouses before play, they should check out when they take to the course, and back in again should they visit the clubhouse following their round. The new regulations include customers, staff working on a particular day and visitors such as delivery drivers or cleaners. Premises must store the information for 21 days and share it when requested to do so by public health officers within 24 hours. New statutory guidance for the hospitality sector has been published which explains how to keep a record of customer and visitor contact details securely ensuring data protection principles are upheld.
The Scottish Government has also published updated guidance for hospitality customers to reinforce key safety measures. For more details on the new regulations please click here.