Members now allowed to travel to home club for golf

Rainbows point the way to hole 12 at Waterville. Photo by Kevin Markham

Golf Ireland has confirmed that members can cross county borders to play golf at their home clubs with immediate effect.

Golf reopened on December 1st under heavy restrictions in the Republic of Ireland with many players impacted by the rule that they weren’t to travel cross-county to play golf. However, after seeking counsel with Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland put out a communication to clubs across the country which will serve as a massive boost to membership bases that were being severely impacted last week by county divides.

“Having discussed this issue with regard to these and other examples with Sport Ireland, we can confirm with immediate effect that members can continue to travel to their Home Club to play golf,” read the Golf Ireland statement.


“We have been acutely aware of many instances where these rules have prevented a significant number of club members from accessing the facilities of their golf club due to residing on the other side of a county boundary. This applies in particular to clubs which are situated close to county boundaries, for example Dun Laoghaire (Dublin-Wicklow), Carton House (Dublin-Kildare-Meath), Portumna (Galway-Offaly-Tipperary), Enniscrone (Sligo-Mayo), Waterford (Waterford-Kilkenny) and a number of others.”

It’s understood that the easing of this specific restriction was intended to help golfers living locally but just over county borders from their home clubs. Travel to other golf clubs for open days, green fees etc. under current restrictions is still not permitted until December 18. Golf currently remains closed in Northern Ireland, also.

  • For more information on the guidelines in the ROI, click HERE

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