The Club Company, the UK’s biggest golf operator, is calling on the government to rethink its decision to close golf courses from November 5 until December 2 as part of the second national lockdown in England.
Thierry Delsol, chief executive of The Club Company, which owns 15 golf clubs, says: “We recognise the challenging decisions the Prime Minister has to make to protect the health of the nation. However, there’s no valid reason why people should not be allowed to play golf outdoors while meeting social distancing rules.
“The Club Company has received significant support from local MPs to keep golf courses open during the next wave of restrictions, which would allow millions of people to stay active at a time when the public is being encouraged to get fit and lose weight to help fight Covid-19.”
Delsol added: “We have seen a surge in new people, of all ages and backgrounds, playing golf since we reopened in May. Closing golf courses would deny them access to a safe outdoor activity that is vital for mental and physical health at a time when they need it most. I urge the government to reconsider.”