Good news Northern Ireland – Step 3 will commence on June 29th!

Rory McIlroy plays a tee shot on the par 3, 16th hole 'Calamity' at Royal Portrush (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

The GUI and ILGU have published details of how golf will operate in Northern Ireland from June 29th

Golf ‘s Protocol, in Step 3, has been relaxed considerably to permit clubs to include four-balls on their timesheets at 10 instead of 12 minute intervals. Competitions are permitted, with visitors allowed to pay green fees and compete in open competitions.

These measures were approved this week by the Northern Ireland Executive.


Restaurants and bars (operating as restaurants) may also reopen under strict guidelines from July 3rd. Guidance from Tourism NI is available below pertaining to Restaurants/Cafes and Bars:

Restaurants, Cafes & Bars:

The Protocol sets out the basis on which golf can be played in a safe manner, during Step 3.

Golfers are expected to observe the underlying public health guidance, set out at:​.

These rules are subject to change and golfers are asked to check​ regularly for updates.

As we enter Step 3 of the phased re-introduction of golf, there remains a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.

Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential. Golf was in the very privileged position to have been allowed to resume in Step 1 of the Northern Ireland Executives Plan and this return was based on the sport being able to demonstrate to government that it can take place in a safe, socially distant manner.

The high level of compliance shown thus far is a credit to the sport, but these efforts must be redoubled as clubs begin competitions and welcome visitors for the first time in a number of months.

The ongoing Covid-19 public health emergency remains our primary concern and overriding priority. The Unions acknowledge the tremendous efforts of all frontline workers which has allowed golf and society in general to consider this gradual return to normal life.


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