Golf reopens in Scotland in wake of coronavirus pandemic

The Home of Golf will allow the game to continue, but pro shops and restaurants are to remain closed in response to coronavirus concerns.

Golf courses in Scotland were allowed to reopen in limited capacity Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic after having been closed since March. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the relaxation of closures Thursday.

“Over the last few days, it has been fantastic to see the anticipation building, with many wonderful photographs and videos of courses ready for play,” Karin Sharp, COO of Scottish Golf, said on the organization’s website. “The greenkeepers and volunteers the length and breadth of the country are to be congratulated for their hard work, under essential maintenance guidelines in preparing for golfers to return.”

Scotland follows United Kingdom course reopenings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Golf courses in Ireland also were allowed to open earlier this month.

Clubhouses, restaurants and pro shops will remain closed, according to St. Andrews Links, which operates the Old Course and several others. Scottish Golf has published a list of guidelines as courses reopen.