Dorset County Golf Union

Latest England Golf Framework for Playing Golf (15th July)

England Golf have have updated their Framework for Playing Golf.

Changes from previous version

There is an overriding advice Clubs/facilities should adhere to the guidelines provided. These have been published to assist clubs/facilities in providing as safe an environment as they can. Failure to follow this guidance may leave clubs/facilities open to enforcement action from local authorities and/or Police, or subject to disciplinary procedures from England Golf.

Clubhouses and bars are now open but locker rooms should remain closed except for toilet and handwashing access. Clubs must provide a safe and sanitised indoor environment and should remind members and visitors of the need to adhere to government guidelines

Members of the same household can share buggies

Competition organisers should consider whether to permit caddies during competition play

Clubs may choose to run competitions provided all social distancing and safety rules are strictly observed. Gatherings of people must be avoided at all times, including for registration or for presentations.

For Registration purposes and when Open competitions take place, Organising Committees must put in place a registration process to capture full contact details of all players in case of the need to track and trace following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Foursomes & Greensomes Formats - Each partner should use their own golf ball, which is only handled by that player. For example, the player teeing off from hole 1 is the only player that touches the ball from teeing off through to completion of the hole. The partner teeing off from hole 2 does likewise with their ball. Under the Rules of Golf, a partner is permitted to drop the side’s ball in taking relief. It is also permissible to drop another ball when taking relief. When marking and replacing the ball on the putting green this should be conducted by the partner the ball belongs to. Under this situation (or any other where the ball must be replaced) the original ball must be used and must not be substituted by another ball.

Flagsticks - addition in that one can allow players to centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, even when wearing a glove or using a towel (for example, by using a club). The centring of the flagstick may be allowed while another player putts (this may be desirable in windy conditions when the flagstick is required to be left in the hole and is leaning towards the player making the stroke).

The full updated version of the Framework can be found here

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