Can I Go To The Driving Range?
With golf in England and Wales re-opening recently it was only a matter of time before questions started to be asked about driving ranges.
After so many weeks of not swinging golf clubs it comes as no surprise that people want to start honing their techniques once again.
So the question remains, can golfers use driving ranges?
Well, at the moment the golf industry is seeking further clarification from the government on whether driving ranges can re-open.
So as things stand right now driving ranges are not open for general use.
However, England Golf have told us that individual facilities may develop their own guidance.
“As we don’t have definitive answers at present, its for individual facilities to develop their own guidance on reopening to best fit themselves, but always in line with the govt’s advice,” England Golf said.
“Where there is any room for doubt, clubs & facilities pursue the simplest and safest option.”
That being said, recently it was announced that golf coaching could restart in a joint statement from the golf industry, including The R&A, England Golf and the PGA.
To conduct lessons safely, professionals will be adhering to the measures recommended by the golf industry, which include –
- If using a practice ground or similar, create a 2 metre exclusion zone around the lesson tee/golfer that no one enters
- If you have to move a player into position, use an alignment stick, which is easy to wipe down with a sanitising wipes before and after the lesson
- Wash hands with soap and water before and after the session
- Provide sanitising wipes for you and your golfers
- Offer short game coaching sessions that allow the golfers to use their own golf balls, that way they are not sharing equipment that other people have touched
- Take flags out of the holes on practice areas
We can assume then that provided you are getting a socially distanced lesson with a professional, then the driving range would be open for that.
Otherwise driving ranges will be shut until further clarification is given from the government.
We will of course update you with any new information in this regard and we also recommend checking with your local club or driving range for information.
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