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Statement on golf in the Republic of Ireland December 24th 2020

Statement on golf in the Republic of Ireland

24 Dec 2020

Update –  24th December 2020:

Update to guidance for Golf Clubs in the Republic of Ireland during Level 5

Sport Ireland have today (24th December) issued a further update to the current Level 5 measures, which will remain in place until 12th January 2021. This will require golf clubs to urgently note the following additional points:

  • Participants in sport and exercise in unsupervised/uncoached activity must be from no more than two households.
  • Therefore, groups playing on golf courses during these Level 5 measures must be confined to a maximum of two households.
  • This means that all tee times must be either two-balls, or alternatively three-balls and four-balls where players in the group are from no more than two households. A household for these purposes includes a household support bubble, guidance for which is available here:

We have made Sport Ireland aware of the issues regarding the implementation of this change in the short-term as timesheets for golf club activities are likely in operation for at least the next several days. However, we are urging golf clubs to update their timesheet booking systems to take account of this changed guidance as soon as possible.

These additional requirements from Sport Ireland come against a backdrop of escalating public health challenges with the incidence of COVID-19 rising exponentially in Ireland. Golf Ireland therefore strongly encourages golf clubs to implement this change, and in doing so continue to exhibit the high level of compliance that has made it possible for our sport to continue to remain open and accessible during the current Level 5 measures.

The above update must be read in conjunction with our previous statement issued on 22 December  below.


Statement from 22nd December 2020
Following continued discussions with government authorities and Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland welcomes the fact that golf courses and facilities will be permitted to remain open as the Republic of Ireland moves again to Level 5 on a phased basis from 24 December.

The guidance issued by Golf Ireland on 27 November 2020 continues to apply to all golf clubs (see here: ), with the following important updates:
At 3pm on 24 December, Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants will close. After this point, clubhouse access should once again be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach. Outdoor dining is not permitted, and golfers should depart the facility following the conclusion of their game as soon as possible.

From 26th December, inter-county travel restrictions will be reintroduced and will, as always, apply to sporting activity.

While all retail, including pro shops, are permitted to remain open, the Government is asking all retailers to defer any plans for January sales events (see for more).

Further guidance will be issued to clubs in line as and when government change the current Level 5 status.

Clubs seeking guidance on Annual General Meetings are encouraged to email for support.

Captain’s Drive-In Postponed

2021 is almost upon us, so many people will be glad to see 2020 behind us with all the difficulties that it brought with it. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful that we can have a good golfing year again despite the challenges and uncertainties that we are faced with.
Our traditional Captain’s Drive-in will not take place on January 1st, with restrictions and member safety firmly in our minds we need to postpone this event.
We will, as soon as practically possible have our Drive-in and celebrate the start to another golfing season.

For now, we wish that you all stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Captain’s Elect
Ailish Humphreys & Declan Bowers

Golf Ireland Regional Director positions

Would you like to be considered for Nomination by Skerries Golf Club for an important role on the board of Golf Ireland?

If so, please see the text below, and the attached file, and let your respective Administration Officer know in good time.

Golf Ireland is inviting nominations to the role of Regional Director on the first board of Golf Ireland.
Nominations must be submitted by the candidate’s Affiliate Club, located in the Region of the relevant Regional Executive Committee, at which that candidate is a Home Club Member.
Nominations should also enclose the candidate’s Cover Letter and CV. All nominations will be considered by the relevant Regional Selection Committees.
Nominations for the roles should be made by email to

The closing date is Monday 30th November.

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Captain’s Charity Draw Results

Captain’s Austin and Trudy would like to thank everyone that supported the recent draw by donating prizes and buying tickets.

Your generosity has raised funds for the club and also € 2,256 for the Skerries Branch of the Saint Vincent De Paul.


The following is the list of Winners and the prizes they chose.


1st      Denis Collins                    Signed Dublin Football 5 in a row winning All Ireland Jersey

2nd     Robert Fox                                    € 1,000

3rd      Geraldine Neary              Miele CM6350 Coffee Machine

4th      Eddie McNally                Tayto Park Vouchers

5th      Seamas Mulholland        2 Nights B&B stay in Carna Bay Hotel , Co Galway

6th     Helen Clarke                     Framed Painting by Grainne O’Connor

7th     Joe McGovern                  Skerries Logo Golf Travel Bag

8th     Max Wensbo                    Box of Wine donated by Eurospar Skerries

9th     Marie Keogh                     Dedicated Car Park space for 2021

10th   James Murphy                  Fourball Voucher for Rathfarnham Golf Club

11th   Dermot McHugh              Voucher for Blue Restaurant Skerries

12th   Jane Branagan                  Fourball Voucher for Co Meath( Trim) Golf Club

13th   Kevin Kane                        Framed Limited edition of 2006 Ryder Cup stamps signed by Des Smyth

14th   Des Cunnane                    2 Bottles Wine

15th   John McGuirk                   2 Bottles Wine

16th   David T Ryan                    Bottle Vodka

17th   Caitriona Smartt              Indoor Putting Set

18th   Mary Taaffe                      Indoor Putting Set

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Austin & Trudy

Club Captains

Statement from ILGU & GUI re Dublin Under Level 3 Restrictions


18th SEPTEMBER 2020

Following the Irish Government’s announcement today in relation to increased restrictions due to COVID-19, golf clubs and golfers located in Dublin City and County must adhere to the following:

  • Golfers residing within Dublin must not travel outside their county of residence to play golf

  • Golfers residing outside Dublin must not travel to the county to play golf

  • Clubs may continue activities which are qualifying for handicapping purposes but all participants must abide by the domestic travel restrictions at Level 3 (see first two points above).

  • All-Ireland GUI Inter-Club matches are covered by separate guidance which has been issued separately by GUI Leinster Golf to clubs involved.

  • Members, their guests and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the golf course/clubhouse

  • Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course.

  • Personnel are on hand to monitor adherence with physical distancing rules and the rules for golfers set out in this document.

  • Tee times are booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players names (including members’ guests) are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.

  • Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of 8, 9 or 10 minute intervals. Clubs may only choose one interval for each day. If clubs choose 8+ minute intervals, play is restricted to 2 golfers per start time. If clubs choose 9+ minutes, up to 3 golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time.

  • Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific Government guidance will be provided.

  • Training: Outdoors – non-contact training only in pods of up to 15. Indoors – individual training only.
  • All cafes and restaurants, including bars operating as restaurants, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing – please consult for details).

  • Clubhouse access should be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach.
  • There are no social gatherings, of any size, at the facility.

  • Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick.

  • Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. (See Appendix 2 as previously published for measures which can be taken in qualifying situations)

  • Hire trolleys (electric and pull trolleys) must be sanitised prior to each use.

  • Caddies are not permitted (exception: where the group of golfers and the caddies are from the same household).

Alan Kelly

Communications & Academy Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland

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