PODCAST: Golf’s return in Level 5 + Pebble Beach post-mortem


On this week’s podcast we ask why golf remains closed in Ireland despite proving itself safe to reopen already amid this pandemic. With rumours of a six-week extension to current restrictions abound, we hope the case is being put forward so that golf can be one of a number of exceptions made by the Government as people seek a much-needed boost to morale post-March 5th.

In Tour news, there was only the PGA Tour to talk about this week but the AT&T Pebble Beach Championship provided plenty of topics for discussion. From Daniel Berger’s superb win to another near-miss for a resurgent Jordan Spieth, we assess what’s next for both 27-year old Americans in the coming months in a Ryder Cup year. We also chat Padraig Harrington’s hopes of a return to action at this week’s Genesis at Riviera after the European Ryder Cup Captain contracted Covid-19, while we take a look at the PGA of America’s decision to permit Distance Measuring Devices at their Major championships and how that might impact the game. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen and let us know what you think.


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7 responses to “PODCAST: Golf’s return in Level 5 + Pebble Beach post-mortem”

  1. Matthew Farrell avatar
    Matthew Farrell

    Golf Ireland had better get their finger out and start making a case to government to get golf courses reopened otherwise members will have to consider withoulding their Levy’s

  2. Thomas Cooper avatar
    Thomas Cooper

    Totally agree with previous comment. Time for so called leaders to stand up to the plate and be seen to promote the re-opening. Golf is a business and business needs its leaders to be strong. I hear Tom Parlon, head of the CIF-(Construction) promoting the safe culture in construction and making the case to re-open.Why is our people not doing the same. Surely golf is safer that construction. Clubs need to be pro active too and not be hiding behind “governance”.

  3. John avatar

    Second time Irish Golfer has peddled this nonsense in a week. Its amazing how uninformed Irish people are. I am deleting my subscription now, so save your fingers in responding as I won’t be reading this blog any more.

    1. Jim Duggan avatar
      Jim Duggan

      We should have been withholding our levies ages ago. Probably too late now as most members will have paid their annual subs. Golf Ireland has no interest in the ordinary club golfer. They’re only interested in the elite players and will continue to suck up to the Govt to ensure they don’t lose a cent of the millions they get annually – none of which goes to the ordinary club member.

  4. Thomas Cooper avatar
    Thomas Cooper

    As a post script to my earlier message, Golf England have formally written to their Prime Minister making the case to have golf re-opened as part of ease of restrictions. It is based on sound scientific evidence, so why does our paid leaders not follow that lead ??

  5. Thomas Kirwan avatar

    I play golf myself and I must say it’s a pity that we are in the present situation as the game is so beneficial to both physical and mental health.
    But when we consider the situation that the business people of this country are their situation is worse than the one us golfers are in so I think that its time we accepted the situation that we are in. Remember its the responsibility of both the government and Golf Ireland to keep the public in a safe environment which is more important than a game of golf.

  6. Cathal Kelly avatar
    Cathal Kelly

    Golf plays a big role in the physical and mental wellbeing of over 70’s and should be available. We see rugby and soccet every week with players in scrums and mauls and the soccer players hugging and highfives and Covid does not reconize elite sport. In golf a player is 2 metre apart and no physical interaction and played in wide open spaces.

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