Restrictions for golf in Kildare, Offaly and Laois

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Following the Irish Government’s announcement on Friday in relation to increased restrictions due to COVID-19, golf clubs and golfers located in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois must adhere to the following:

  • Golfers residing within these three counties must not travel outside their county of residence to play golf
  • Golfers residing outside the three counties must not travel to these counties to play golf
  • Members, their guests and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 stay away from the golf course/clubhouse
  • Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course.
  • Play is restricted to members & members’ guests only
  • All inter-club matches involving teams in these counties are not to take place in the coming two week period and further advice from the GUI & ILGU will follow in relation to this.
  • All GUI and ILGU Championships due to take place in these counties over the next two week period will not take place
  • Open competitions/events are not allowed but other forms of qualifying golf for members only are permitted in accordance with this advice and with Appendix 2 of the Protocol.
  • Personnel are on hand to monitor adherence with physical distancing rules and the rules for golfers set out in this document.
  • Tee times are booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players names (including members’ guests) are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.
  • Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of 8, 9 or 10 minute intervals. Clubs may only choose one interval for each day. If clubs choose 8+ minute intervals, play is restricted to 2 golfers per start time. If clubs choose 9+ minutes, up to 3 golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time.
  • All cafes and restaurants, including bars operating as restaurants, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing – please consult for details).
  • Clubhouse access should be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach.
  • There are no social gatherings, of any size, at the facility.
  • Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick.
  • Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. (See Appendix 2 as previously published for measures which can be taken in qualifying situations)
  • Hire trolleys (electric and pull trolleys) must be sanitised prior to each use.
  • Caddies are not permitted (exception: where the group of golfers and the caddies are from the same household).
  • Non-contact training outdoors, in a maximum group of 15 people (including tutors) may continue


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