Golf Courses Finally Begin to Reopen in Ireland


Golf Courses Finally Reopening in Ireland

From the Irish Examiner:

With Irish courses closed for more than 200 days since the initial lockdown in March 2020, Monday’s reopening was eagerly awaited, but while many clubs experienced high volumes of bookings, the demand was less manic than the famous reopening of May last year.

“What we have created is an atmosphere where it is not jam-packed,” said Brian Hurley, general manager of Cork Golf Club.

“I’d say we had about 100 out today either playing one or two loops of the six holes by the clubhouse or a loop of the other 12 holes out the course."   Read more

From the

The sense of freedom was palpable today around Ireland’s golf courses and sports clubs as they welcomed back members after four months of closure.

Non-contact training resumed for children under-18 in all sports in pods of 15 while adults can now tee it up or head to their local club for a game of tennis.

Basking in glorious sunshine, Ballyneety Golf Club opened bright and early on Monday morning as members returned for the first time in 2021.

The Limerick club has endured a tough year with some admin staff losing their jobs while an independently-run restaurant and bar on site had to let go all staff go due to the pandemic.

Manager John Leamy said the return to action was long overdue, and thanked the members for their backing.   Read more

From Yahoo!Sports:

Club members in Ireland were able to play golf again Monday as the Republic began to ease COVID-19 restrictions that have shuttered courses for more than 200 days in the past year.

This follows in the wake of Ireland’s neighbors reopening golf in recent weeks. England reopened the sport March 29, and Northern Ireland resumed golf April 1. The sport is also open in Scotland and Wales.

But the game isn’t open to everyone in Ireland, home to many of the best links golf courses in the world. In this first phase of reopening, players must be registered members of the club at which they are playing. General daily-fee tee times are not yet available, and golf tourism is still shut down.  Read more

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