Golf Ireland welcomes NI Executive’s hopes for the reopening of courses

Sunset blankets the 16th at Royal Portrush. By Kevin Markham

Golf Ireland has welcomed news that golf will be one of the first sports to resume under the next step of the Northern Ireland Executive’s reopening pathway.

The pathway programme will be driven by data and not dates, but in step two of the easing of restrictions, outdoor sports facilities can reopen for training and organised group activities, including golf and tennis.

“Golf Ireland continues to work in close consultation with the NI Executive, Department of Communities and Sport NI to update a Return to Sport Protocol document which must demonstrate an incremental approach upon reopening,” said the Golf Ireland website.


“The NI Executive has scheduled a review of the relevant data and case numbers on 16 March before announcing a possible date to proceed to the next step, as soon as this is known it will be communicated to all clubs. Return to Golf Protocol will also be circulated to Clubs as soon as the return date is known and Golf Ireland seek the support of clubs in the strict implementation of these documents to ensure a safe return for all.

“Golf Ireland are also continuing to engage intensively with the Irish Government, highlighting the safety and health benefits of golf and working towards the resumption of golf as soon as the public health situation allows.”

With the next review set for March 16th, golfers in Northern Ireland will be hopeful of a restart before month’s end while it remains likely that play in the Republic will be given an April 5th green light to resume.

  • Full details of the NI Executive pathway out of restrictions HERE


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2 responses to “Golf Ireland welcomes NI Executive’s hopes for the reopening of courses”

  1. Christy Mcguirk avatar
    Christy Mcguirk

    Listen to that rubbish from golf Ireland as if they have any control over what UK will allow in the north,

  2. Joe Campbell avatar
    Joe Campbell

    I agree Golf Ireland has not done much for the golfer since this pandemic. It has been the ordinary golfer lobbying their club and government that has moved golf forward. We should be thanking our golf clubs for our return to golf not Golf Ireland.

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