GOLF courses all over the UK have been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, along with most other sports.
Yet, following Boris Johnson's speech on Sunday, rules are set to be relaxed – and that includes golf courses.
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When will golf courses reopen in the UK?
There is good news for golf fans as Boris Johnson revealed Brits can go to golf courses from Wednesday as part of the slight relaxing of lockdown rules.
Tennis and a number of other sports are also among those being welcomed in the first steps of returning to some normalcy.
But you will only be allowed to play golf with those you live with.
In his speech on May 10, Mr Johnson said: "From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.
"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your household."
Golf courses have been closed since the lockdown was put in place as people were forced to remain in their homes, in a bid to protect the NHS and save lives.
There had previously been calls for the sport to return before others due to its open nature.
MP Craig Tracey, who is chair of a parliamentary golf group, said in April: "The initial challenges with lockdown meant golf had to close in Britain, but the nature of the game means it can, and should, return quickly provided there are steps taken by all involved to maintain social distancing and to meet any other government instruction."
Former Scottish councillor, David May, has said the reasoning behind closing most institutions to combat Covid-19 does not apply to golf because distancing comes naturally to the sport.
He has been one of the people most vocal about clubs re-opening and has joined a petition on Change.org, along with 4,500 others, asking the UK government to allow golfers to play again.
The petition's founder Daniel Palmer, told The Courier: "This is no different from walking in a park or field, I risk my life everyday still going to work and going to the supermarket once a week, but I am not allowed to walk and play a round of golf in the open air, this doesn’t make sense under the current exercise allowance.”
In April, there had been pressure on the government from campaigners to let the vacant golf spaces be used by members of the public for exercise.
Are golf courses reopening in Ireland?
Yes, golf courses are reopening again in Ireland.
Despite the on-going coronavirus lockdown, Golf Ireland has confirmed that its courses will be open on a restricted basis from May 18, 2020.
A statement released by Golf Ireland said: "In the initial stage, play will be for members only and competitions will not be permitted."
This announcement comes after the Irish government said that 'some outdoor sporting activities will be allowed.'
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Have golf courses reopened in other countries?
Golf courses around the world are beginning to open again.
Courses in Portugal and New Zealand have already been opened.
The French Golf Federation has announced that its courses will also be re-opening on May 11, with restrictions expected to be lifted on the same day in Switzerland and Spain.
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