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COVID-19 Update 23 April 2021

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Following this week’s announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Golf welcomes confirmation that mainland Scotland will be entering Level 3 on Monday 26th April. We have received final approval from our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government on our updated guidance which is available here.

Our updated guidance means that from Monday 26th April, the following changes will take place:

  • Adults living in Level 3 or Level 4 areas may leave their local authority area to participate in informal exercise and organised sport that starts and finishes in the same place.
  • Clubhouse facilities may open.
  • All indoor hospitality may operate until 20.00, allowing 6 people from 2 households to meet. No alcohol is permitted.
  • All outdoor hospitality may resume. Groups may consist of up to 6 people from 6 households. Alcohol may be served, and licensing times apply.

    Clubs should note that the Scottish Government has issued updated guidance, available here, with additional precautions for hospitality venues. The guidance highlights that hospitality venues should gather contact details for all their customers – not just for the lead member of each group.

    We know that 26th April is a date that will have been circled in the diaries of both golf clubs and golfers across Scotland for some time now, and we are delighted that we can continue to make progress out of lockdown. We would remind everyone to continue to follow the latest guidance and take the required precautions to ensure we can continue to benefit from these new relaxations.

    Please note that detail for all other levels remains indicative at this stage and could be subject to further relaxation or change. You can continue to keep up to date on all the latest COVID-19 updates on our dedicated webpage here.

National Junior Framework

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Get The Most Out Of The National Junior Framework - Over 100 clubs are already benefitting from the Scottish Golf National Junior Framework. To support clubs using the Framework, we are running a series of interactive webinars that will demonstrate how the Framework can help you plan, fund and grow your junior section in 2021.

During the interactive webinars, you can find out more about the functionality of the National Junior Framework and access a range of funding opportunities available to support you with coaching, junior equipment and school to club links. You can also register for an exciting series of events to encourage more on-course play and access the competition packs.

The webinar is open to all Scottish Golf affiliated clubs who have registered, or are looking to register, for the National Junior Framework. It is aimed at Junior Organisers, PGA Professionals, volunteer coaches and anyone involved in delivering junior activities at their club. Read the full newsletter here


Scottish Golf Raises Flag On New Junior Events

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If your club wants to increase the number of junior members and see them progressing to get a handicap, then our Junior Flag Events are perfect for you. Flag Events provide a great opportunity for juniors to develop their game on the course in a fun and relaxed format while introducing them to scoring, etiquette and other aspects of golf.

They are also a great way of engaging parents and creating a buzz at your club on the day of the event. Aimed at juniors aged 12 and under without a handicap, a Junior Flag event is played on a shortened 9-hole layout at each club. Players start at the 1st hole and have 36 shots to play as many holes as possible, placing their flag where their 36th shot finishes.

As well as creating a fun event at the golf club, the top four players in each Club event will qualify for a regional event run by one of our partners from the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, Paul Lawrie Foundation and Junior Golf Scotland. 

The top team from each Regional event will earn a place in the Grand Final with the opportunity to be crowned Scottish Junior Flag Champions!Michael MacDougall, Foundation Manager at the Paul Lawrie Foundation, said, “For clubs themselves, Flag Events are a great way of providing kids with an introduction to golf and are central to our Foundation. They are great fun, easy to run and are events that will get kids enjoying the game.”


COVID-19 update 14th April

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Following the First Minister’s latest update, Scottish Golf welcomes the news that the early easing of some lockdown restrictions will now take place from Friday 16th April. We have received final approval from our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government on our updated guidance which is available here. Our updated guidance means that from Friday 16th April, the following changes will take place:

Adults living in Level 3 or Level 4 areas may leave their local authority area to participate in informal exercise that starts and finishes in the same place.
Groups can consist of up to 4 golfers from within Scotland, with no restrictions on number of households

Golf continues to benefit from being classified as informal exercise by the Scottish Government and we recognise that this is a privileged position in comparison to some other sports at this time. This means that players from outwith the club’s local authority area can now travel to participate in a casual game of golf. However, where cross-border travel is required, competitive play will not be permitted at this time. We anticipate that from the 26th April, subject to further announcements, this restriction will also be lifted.

This announcement is welcome news for the golfing community. We know many golf clubs and golfers have endured significant sacrifices during the recent lockdown, but we hope that today’s update will provide an opportunity for more people to get back out on the golf course and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that a round can provide. We thank you again for your understanding and, as the lighter nights and better weather return, we hope you enjoy being able to meet up with friends and family for a game.

Keep up to date on all the latest COVID-19 updates on our dedicated webpage here.


Scottish Golf Performance Programme

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As the golf season starts to come out of hibernation for 2021, the Scottish Golf Performance Programme is getting into full swing with the release of the structure that has been developed in conjunction with Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew. The Performance Programme is devised to add value and support to the work the player is doing with their personal coach. It is not about teaching a player how to improve their swing – their coach already does that. It is about developing potential and maximising performance of our elite players at men’s, women’s, boy’s, and girl’s levels to prepare physically and mentally for competitive golf at the highest level. Read more here


National Junior Framework

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The Scottish Golf National Junior Framework is a one-stop-shop that will enable affiliated clubs to plan, fund, manage and grow a junior section all in one place. The comprehensive Framework, available at www.ScottishJuniorGolf.org, supports clubs who want to increase their junior membership and is based on consultation with a wide range of people who work on the frontline of junior golf, including junior organisers, PGA professionals, volunteer coaches, the Paul Lawrie Foundation, Stephen Gallacher Foundation, PGA, Junior Golf Scotland, Children’s Golf Trust, R&A and the Golf Foundation. 

For more details click here


Once In A Lifetime Opportunities For Your Members

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Entries are open for three of the most popular Scottish Golf events for golfers of all ages and abilities. Clubs are encouraged to register their qualifying rounds to ensure that they are represented on the national stage.

• PING Scottish Mixed Championship - Entries for the PING Scottish Mixed Championship are now open, with this year’s Grand Final being held at the former Scottish Open venue Gullane No.1.

• R&A 9 hole challenge - The Scottish Golf R&A 9-Hole Challenge returns for a two-day National Final on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June

• Scottish Medals Finals - With over 450 entries received to date, spaces are becoming limited in some of this year’s Scottish Medal Finals.

For more details of these opportunities - click here

 


COVID-19 Update 12th March

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Following our latest COVID-19 update, we have worked with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to gain final approval on our updated guidance. 

We have now achieved sign-off on our updated guidance which is available here.

Clubs should note that from Friday 12 March:

• Golf courses with a designated COVID Officer can permit organised golf for members who live within the local authority area. Play can take place in four-balls with no restrictions on the number of households.

• Golf courses without a designated COVID Officer, or where members are crossing a local authority boundary to play, can remain open for play with a maximum of four players from two households.

• For groups over the age of 12, coaching should not exceed group sizes of 15.

• For groups under the age of 12, coaching should not exceed group sizes of 30.

Since our last update, we have received several queries relating to the new group numbers and limits. We wish to provide clubs with further clarity on this.

The guidance to permit 4-ball play from 4 different households to members who live within the local authority area is in-line with new sport-specific guidance developed by sportscotland and the Scottish Government for organised sport. Cross-border travel from one local authority area to another for organised sport is not currently permitted. Within the latest guidance, golf continues to be considered a form of informal exercise, where participants are permitted to travel up to five miles from their local authority boundary to take part. However, where this is the case, household limits of 4 people from 2 households apply.

Scottish Golf does not set the rules or parameters for these distinctions. However, we will continue to provide feedback on their practicalities for our member clubs. In comparison with most other sports across Scotland, we are in a unique and fortunate position to benefit from being identified as both organised sport and informal exercise at this time. We remind all clubs and golfers in Scotland that we remain in a privileged position, with courses across the country remaining open for play. Being able to benefit from playing golf should not be taken for granted, and we kindly ask that all clubs and golfers adhere to the latest guidance to ensure we can continue to make positive progress out of lockdown.

Keep up to date on our latest COVID-19 updates here.