Doug Poole, CEO of the UK Golf Federation, has issued a statement following the taking down of UKGR’s Petition with over 21,500 signatures :
Our #KEEPGOLFOPEN petition, which gained over 21,500 signatures in just seven days, has now been removed following the UK Government announcement.
Our intention was to highlight how golf is one of the rare sports which can be played safely during the COVID-19 outbreak, to promote golf’s many positive benefits for your health and wellbeing, and to do what we could to help thousands of golf clubs and related businesses to remain trading safely during this unprecedented time.
However, this is no longer a time for campaigning: instead it is a time for us all to follow the new government advice to stay indoors, act responsibly, and minimise the spread of COVID-19.
If you voted in the petition and shared it with friends, you have our thanks.
The overwhelmingly generous support which the petition received, both from golfers and from all corners of the golf industry itself, emphasises the valuable role which our much-loved sport plays in millions of lives in the UK.
But for now, please stay indoors, stick to the new rules which are there to keep us all as safe as possible.
Good luck during these unpredictable times and we’ll see you on the golf course again soon.