Back on track! Golfers Begin and Tennis Players Prepare to Return to the Courts

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Golfers and tennis players have returned to the courts and courses today as clubs have opened for the first time since the lockdown.

Large numbers of amateur athletes across England grabbed their gear as demand for a round or match soared.

Athletes could be seen playing golf in Liverpool, Leeds, Leicestershire and Winchester this morning after the greenkeepers tended to their courses.

People have been deprived of their favorite hobbies for two months because government restrictions have made gambling impossible.

But starting today, the PM said that courts and courts can accommodate players again as long as social distancing measures are followed.

The move led to a surge in demand for seats, with some clubs quickly running out of slots for the rest of the week.

A golfer putts on the green while wearing a face mask after playing the first hole at the West Essex Golf Course in London

A golfer putts on the green while wearing a face mask after playing the first hole at the West Essex Golf Course in London

Christina San and Joshua Park are pictured playing tennis for the first time since the lock rules were relaxed at Westside Tennis Center, Wimbledon

Christina San and Joshua Park are pictured playing tennis for the first time since the lock rules were relaxed at Westside Tennis Center, Wimbledon

A large number of amateur athletes across England have grabbed their clubs and rackets as demand for a tour or match soared. Pictured: a passionate player driving at the South Winchester Golf Club in Hampshire

Large numbers of amateur athletes across England have grabbed their clubs and rackets as demand for a tour or match has skyrocketed. Pictured: a passionate player driving at the South Winchester Golf Club in Hampshire

Athletes could be seen playing golf in Liverpool, Leeds, Leicestershire (photo) and Winchester this morning after greenkeepers tended to their courses

Athletes could be seen playing golf in Liverpool, Leeds, Leicestershire (photo) and Winchester this morning after greenkeepers tended to their courses

In front of the sportsmen, the greenkeepers were in force to take care of their grounds before the crowd entered the courses

In front of the sportsmen, the greenkeepers were in force to take care of their grounds before the crowd entered the courses

Charlie Steadman, member of Walton Heath Golf Club, kicks the second hole on the new course at Tadworth, Surrey

Charlie Steadman, member of Walton Heath Golf Club, kicks the second hole on the new course at Tadworth, Surrey

Peter Bone, MP for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf, welcomed the return to the courses.

He told MailOnline, “I want as many sports activities as possible for people.

“I want to see as many people capable of doing sports safely, so I’m delighted that fishing can go ahead, tennis can go forward and golf can go forward because they are clearly easy to navigate from a distance.

What can athletes do starting today?

People in England will now be able to exercise more than once a day and with someone outside their home, as long as the requirements for social distancing are still met.

Golf courses, outdoor tennis courts and basketball courts can be used, and people can also swim in the lakes and the sea.

However, it is still prohibited to meet with more than one member of another household, as well as to swim in a public pool, use a playground or an outdoor gym and do some exercise. exercise in indoor leisure centers or facilities.

“When I play golf, I am normally in a rough game and my colleague is in another rough game, so we are never less than two meters apart. “

Bone said he was keen to get all professional sports back on track behind closed doors without crowds.

He added, “I think the sooner the better, because you know that if you play professional football, you may need to test all players, all coaches and everything before playing.

“This is the kind of thing we need to do – the more we do that kind of thing, the safer we can get back to normal, the better. “

Scottish clubs remain closed, but those in Wales will be allowed to open to “local members” from Monday.

England Golf, the governing body of amateur golf in the country, has set a number of strict rules that must be followed when resuming play.

Golfers will be allowed to play alone or with a member of another household, but the clubs will be closed and the flags may not be touched.

Other changes include the use of feet to smooth the sand in bunkers rather than in a rake, the ball washers being out of use and the hole fillers used to prevent balls from falling below the surface of the green.

Walton Heath Golf Club members Callum Malcolm and Dominic Griffiths who started at 7:40 am walk from the first tee to Tadworth

Walton Heath Golf Club members Callum Malcolm and Dominic Griffiths who started at 7:40 am walk from the first tee to Tadworth

Some clubs have used upside down `` flag cups '' so that the ball does not fall into the hole, which means golfers can catch it without having to touch the post.

Some clubs have used “flag cups” upside down so that the ball does not fall into the hole, which means golfers can catch it without hitting the post.

Christina San and Joshua Park are pictured playing tennis for the first time since the lock rules were relaxed at Westside Tennis Center, Wimbledon

Christina San and Joshua Park are pictured playing tennis for the first time since the lock rules were relaxed at Westside Tennis Center, Wimbledon

Filton Golf Club in Bristol opened for the first time since the lockdown and sees two men spraying each other on what appears to be a hand sanitizer

Filton Golf Club in Bristol opened for the first time since the lockdown and sees two men spraying each other on what appears to be a hand sanitizer

The first tee with a man wearing a face mask at the West Essex Golf Course in London

The first tee with a man wearing a face mask at the West Essex Golf Course in London

A bunker is raked next to the first green of the new course by a member of the green staff team at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Surrey

A bunker is raked next to the first green of the new course by a member of the green staff at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Surrey

A golfer hits a tee after the reopening of Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire this morning

A golfer hits a tee after the reopening of Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire this morning

The executive director of governance of the governing body of golf, R&A, David Rickman, said that golf has a small role to play in the well-being of the country.

He said on 5Live: “We are fortunate that golf lends itself to social distancing, so by making some relatively small changes to the rules and the environment in which we play, we can make it safe for golfers. “

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd added to MailOnline: “We are delighted that the adjustment to the lockout restrictions means that people can return to the field and start playing tennis again.

“Even if you’ve never played or just haven’t played for a long time, now is a great time to find a court and exercise while playing tennis – of course, it’s absolutely vital that people continue to observe social distancing in line with government regulations and LTA guidelines to keep everyone safe on the ground. “

Playful golfers and tennis players turned to social media to post snapshots of them and their kit on the course after seven weeks.

Hilary Brigden wrote “Brigden’s house is a man today” next to a photo of his clubs.

Bush Hill Park Golf Club in north London said: “We are safe, we are ready and WE ARE OPEN. “

And the Millbrook Golf Club in Bedfordshire added, “Almost full on the first day of returning to golf!” Very happy members. Let’s be reasonable, enjoy the fresh air and the scenery.

Cheering golfers and tennis players hit social media to post snapshots of them and their kit on the course after seven weeks

Cheering golfers and tennis players went to social media to post snapshots of them and their kit on the course after seven weeks

Golfers putt on the 9th green at the Allerton Manor golf course in Liverpool after the lifting of lock restrictions on certain leisure activities today

Golfers putt on the 9th green at the Allerton Manor golf course in Liverpool after the lifting of lock restrictions on certain leisure activities today

A man starts while playing golf at the Kirby Muxloe Golf Club in Leicestershire early this morning

A man starts playing golf at the Kirby Muxloe Golf Club in Leicestershire early this morning

A safety advisory for golfers who are back in action is displayed at the Kirby Muxloe Golf Club in Leicestershire

A safety advisory for golfers who are back in action is displayed at the Kirby Muxloe Golf Club in Leicestershire

A golf club straddling the border between England and Wales has reopened despite the locking rules divided in each country.

The Llanymynech Golf Club claims to be the only double country course in Europe, with its holes distributed between the counties of Powys in Wales and Shropshire in England.

But its location has led to confusion as to whether it could reopen this week due to a difference in the way coronavirus lockdowns are relaxed in England and Wales.

The club – which is located between the towns of Welshpool and Oswestry – has announced its reopening in accordance with the measures announced for England.

In a statement released Tuesday, the club said, “We have many difficult decisions to make as a golf club in order to survive without having to deal with governing bodies that fail to agree on proper guidelines and sensible that not only protect the public, but the very existence of sports clubs.

Its course includes 15 holes in Wales, two in England and one which crosses the two countries, with players starting in the first and putting in the second.

Llanymynech Golf Club claims to be the only double golf course in Europe, with its holes spread between the counties of Powys in Wales and Shropshire in England

Llanymynech Golf Club claims to be the only double golf course in Europe, with holes spread between the counties of Powys in Wales and Shropshire in England

The club said the majority of its 470 members are based in England, adding that the virus had left it in a “precarious position” financially.

In making its decision to reopen, the club said it had followed the advice of the Union of Shropshire and Herefordshire Golf Clubs and the English Golf Union.

“This seems to us to be the best course of action for our club and its members and allows golf to be played within the current limits outlined in the Prime Minister’s statement,” said the club.

“The English Golf Union guidelines agreed with the government are a comprehensive set of rules that will allow you to play a limited amount of golf in a controlled and safe manner.”

The government’s coronavirus recovery strategy has indicated that as of Wednesday, recreational activities, including golf and tennis, will be allowed in England as long as the guidelines on social distancing are followed.

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