Tuesday 27th April 2021
Dear Affiliated Club,
Following this week's announcement by the First Minister, Scottish Golf welcomes confirmation that mainland Scotland will be entering Level 3 on Monday 26th April.
We have received final approval from our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government on our updated guidance which is available here.
Our updated guidance means that from Monday 26th April, the following changes will take place:
Adults living in Level 3 or Level 4 areas may leave their local authority area to participate in informal exercise and organised sport that starts and finishes in the same place.
Clubhouse facilities may open.
All indoor hospitality may operate until 20.00, allowing 6 people from 2 households to meet. No alcohol is permitted.
All outdoor hospitality may resume. Groups may consist of up to 6 people from 6 households. Alcohol may be served, and licensing times apply.
Clubs should note that the Scottish Government has issued updated guidance, available here, with additional precautions for hospitality venues. The guidance highlights that hospitality venues should gather contact details for all their customers – not just for the lead member of each group.
We know that 26th April is a date that will have been circled in the diaries of both golf clubs and golfers across Scotland for some time now, and we are delighted that we can continue to make progress out of lockdown. We would remind everyone to continue to follow the latest guidance and take the required precautions to ensure we can continue to benefit from these new relaxations.
Please note that detail for all other levels remains indicative at this stage and could be subject to further relaxation or change. You can continue to keep up to date on all the latest COVID-19 updates on our dedicated webpage here.
Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf.
Wednesday 14th April 2021
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The revised full guide can be found in the Covid-19 hub
Thursday 8th April 2021
From 2nd April advice to stay at home will change to stay local and from 5th April level 4 restrictions will apply. For further information click on the tab.
Thursday 8th April 2021
Many golf clubs operate under partial exemption VAT rules because of their trading position.
HMRC have acknowledged that Covid-19 restrictions over the last 12 months may well have had an adverse impact on clubs partial exemption position and accordingly have provided some additional flexibility that clubs may well wish to take advantage of for their VAT accounting.
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Further information published by Scottish Government on easing of Restrictions - 2 documents included
Tuesday 16th March 2021
Following our latest COVID-19 update, we have worked with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to gain final approval on our updated guidance.
We have now achieved sign-off on our updated guidance which is available here.
Clubs should note that from Friday 12 March:
• Golf courses with a designated COVID Officer can permit organised golf for members who live within the local authority area. Play can take place in four-balls with no restrictions on the number of households.
• Golf courses without a designated COVID Officer, or where members are crossing a local authority boundary to play, can remain open for play with a maximum of four players from two households.
• For groups over the age of 12, coaching should not exceed group sizes of 15.
• For groups under the age of 12, coaching should not exceed group sizes of 30.
Since our last update, we have received several queries relating to the new group numbers and limits. We wish to provide clubs with further clarity on this.
The guidance to permit 4-ball play from 4 different households to members who live within the local authority area is in-line with new sport-specific guidance developed by sportscotland and the Scottish Government for organised sport. Cross-border travel from one local authority area to another for organised sport is not currently permitted.
Within the latest guidance, golf continues to be considered a form of informal exercise, where participants are permitted to travel up to five miles from their local authority boundary to take part. However, where this is the case, household limits of 4 people from 2 households apply.
Scottish Golf does not set the rules or parameters for these distinctions. However, we will continue to provide feedback on their practicalities for our member clubs. In comparison with most other sports across Scotland, we are in a unique and fortunate position to benefit from being identified as both organised sport and informal exercise at this time.
We remind all clubs and golfers in Scotland that we remain in a privileged position, with courses across the country remaining open for play. Being able to benefit from playing golf should not be taken for granted, and we kindly ask that all clubs and golfers adhere to the latest guidance to ensure we can continue to make positive progress out of lockdown.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 Updates here.
Thank you for your continued co-operation and understanding.