Golf news: How you may be allowed to play three or four ball at your club

Three and fourballs on the golf course can still be played as long as it is with members of the household. Golf clubs across England are opening up across the UK as eager players look to start swinging once again.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined fresh measures aimed at loosening the government’s lockdown guidelines.

Among the activities now allowed to be played is golf but with several rules in place to maintain social distancing and keep players safe.

A three or fourballs group with friends is a popular form of the sport but will not be prohibited for the foreseeable future.

According to England Golf, only the following golf groupings are allowed – individual golfers, two-balls with players from a different household, two-balls with players from the same household, and three or fourballs with players from the same household (only at the club’s discretion).

Fortunately, there is no limit on the amount of golf that can now be played but clubs are said to be seeing significant interest in bookings.

Anyone looking to get tuition can get one-on-one coaching but once again social distancing measures must be observed at all times.

A statement from the R&A read: “As a sport, we must work together to resume play responsibly as and when the relevant Government determines it is safe to do so.

“We must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from golfers, to club staff and greenkeepers is maintained at all times.

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“Golf clubs and golfers have observed the lockdown very well and must keep it up and act responsibly as play resumes.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Tomlinson, chief executive officer of England Golf, expressed his delight at golfers returning to clubs around the country.

He said: “The hours since lockdown easing was announced – allowing golf to be one of the first sports to return – have been truly hectic.

“I’d like to acknowledge the amazing work that has been going on in the background to prepare for golf’s comeback.

“The reality now, of course, is that there is more hard work on the horizon.

“The financial issues raised by temporary business closure during the pandemic also means that there are tough times ahead for all clubs.

“We are not out of the woods on this one. Rest assured England Golf will do all we can to support our clubs in the weeks and months ahead.

“The media interest in golf’s return has been huge. As such, we all have an opportunity to shine a light on our game and let others see what a wonderful sport it is, and one we will never take for granted.

“There are many challenges ahead, but today is a day to be celebrated and enjoyed. Today, more than any other, it really is the taking part that counts.”

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