A fortnight ago golf courses across Sheffield opened their doors for the first time in months. After many weeks of limited exercise and lockdown, there proved to be extremely high demand for the opportunity to get back out onto the golf course.

The Health and Wellbeing Charity, and Sheffield’s largest operator of golf courses, Sheffield City Trust, experienced unprecedented demand for bookings on their courses.

Demand for some time on the greens was so high that, after opening their site for bookings, over 500 bookings were taken in the first 10 minutes and since then, more than 10,000 bookings have been made.

To ensure everyone can stay safe while enjoying the golf course, the Trust has strict safety measures in place which everyone must adhere to.

Sheffield City Trust’s Chief Executive, Andrew Snelling, said:

“We’re delighted to have reopened our golf courses. The link between exercise and mental health is well established and being able to get onto the golf course will no doubt provide a boost to the mental wellbeing of many Sheffielders.

“As the Health and Wellbeing Charity, Sheffield City Trust has always placed our colleagues, customers and the wider community at the heart of what we do.

“It’s imperative that all of our colleagues and anyone who visits our facilities can be kept safe while enjoying themselves. Therefore, we have put in numerous measures on our courses, and we’re continuously reviewing these to ensure we’re doing all that we can to allow people to enjoy themselves safely.”

Full details of the changes the Trust are making can be seen below:

  • All rounds of golf must be pre-booked and paid for in advance (either online at siv.org.uk/golf or by calling the course directly).
  • Rakes will be removed from bunkers, hole cups will be turned upside down and all flags are to remain in the holes.
  • Social distancing measures (min. 2m between individuals not living in the same household) remain in place at all golf courses.
  • The number of customers permitted in the receptions and pro shops will be limited to a maximum of 2 people.
  • Screens will be placed around reception desks.
  • Rigorous cleaning measures will be in place.
  • PPE will be worn by staff members should a first aid incident arise.
  • Clubhouses will remain closed until further notice.

Players can support these on-going efforts by observing the following recommendations:

  • Keeping your distance from your playing partners and other golfers.
  • Encourage ‘gimmies’ within 1 putter length. We recommend the purchase of “green grippers” to retrieve your ball from the hole.
  • Treat bunkers as GUR (Ground under repair).
  • Only use and touch your own equipment.
  • Refrain from shaking your playing partner’s hand.
  • Print off your scorecard at home.
  • Contactless and card payments are encouraged.

Sheffield City Trust’s Golf General Manager, Tom Booth, said:

“The measures we have put in place are working well and I’m happy to say that everyone is following the regulations without complaint. Most people are just happy to be back onto the to the course!

“It’s been great to see so many familiar faces back on the course as well as some newer ones. Golf really is a game for everybody, and like all Sheffield City Trust facilities, anyone is welcome at our courses.

“We’re always open for new members or pay and play guests so I hope people feel that they can come down and play.”

If you’re interested in playing golf or want to find out more visit: https://www.siv.org.uk/

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