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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Scottish Golf is taking the spread of COVID-19 extremely seriously. Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community of golfers, clubs, volunteers and staff, ensuring that everyone is able to enjoy our great sport in a safe environment.  

The latest guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers on the return to golf in Scotland can be viewed here.

This page will provide all key stakeholders with a timeline of updates from Scottish Golf in relation to COVID-19.

July 2 2020 – Updated Phase 2 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers in Scotland

For the latest update to our Phase 2 Guidance, please click below.

June 29 2020 – £685,000 made available to Scottish Clubs as part of R&A COVID-19 Support Fund

Find out more information about two new pots of funding available to Scottish Clubs below.

June 25 2020 – STRI launch ‘Project Pathfinder’ to support clubs during COVID-19 outbreak

Find out more information on STRI’s new Project Pathfinder below.

June 24 2020 – sportscotland & Harper Macleod Guidance for Clubs

Advice for Clubs who are seeking governance support around general meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 24 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

The latest update from Scottish Golf.

June 23 2020 – Delivery of sport at a distance: Child wellbeing and protection considerations in the return of children and young people to sport

June 23 2020 – Qualifying Competitions Guidelines for Golf Clubs

To access Scottish Golf’s Qualifying Competitions Guidelines, please click below.

June 18 2020 – Phase 2 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers in Scotland

Access the latest Phase 2 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers in Scotland below.

June 18 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

Following the First Minister’s statement in parliament, please see latest update below.

June 17 2020 – COVID-19 Case Study Lochend Golf Club and the Third Sector Resilience Fund

The below Case Study features Lochend Golf Club in Edinburgh who have recently benefited from an application to the Third Sector Resilience Fund. 

June 11 2020 – Membership Marketing Case Studies – Cawder & Tulliallan Golf Clubs

Following Scottish Golf’s Zoom panel webinar with panellists Davis Jones, from Davis Jones Consulting and Kenny Morrison, Managing Secretary at Paisley Golf Club, two short case studies have been produced from Cawder Golf Club and Tulliallan Golf Club, highlighting the success they have had in marketing themselves since the return of golf.

June 11 2020 – Over 100 Clubs benefit from Zoom Panel Call on Membership Marketing

Watch the latest Zoom Panel Call on Membership Marketing below.

June 8 2020 – Joint letter from Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing and Chair of sportscotland

Read the full

June 5 2020 – Next Zoom Panel Call confirmed for June 11 at 10.30am

Details on how to sign-up for free are available below.

June 3 2020 – Notification of Postponed 2020 Annual General Meeting

More details available below.

May 29 2020 – Golf returns in Scotland – A message from Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf COO

May 28 2020 – Essential Maintenance Guidance Version 4 Update

The following update (Version 4) to the Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses has been produced in association with BIGGA and is published in view of alteration to Government regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland following those made in England and Wales. 

May 28 2020 – PGA in Scotland guidance for the safe return of golf

May 28 2020 – Accessing Xact support during Phase 1 of return to golf in Scotland

May 28 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

The latest update from Scottish Golf.

May 22 2020 – FAQ in relation to the Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers on returning to Golf in Scotland

May 21 2020 – Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers on returning to golf in Scotland

May 21 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

The latest update from Scottish Golf following the First Minister’s announcement today.

May 20 2020 – The R&A Launches £7 Million Funding Package to help Golf in wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

Scottish Golf welcomes today’s announcement from The R&A following the launch of their £7m funding package for golf clubs affected by COVID-19.

We are now in the process of developing an application framework that aligns to the overarching criteria of the fund and will update all affiliated clubs here in Scotland of the next steps, outlining how and when applications can be made, before the end of the month.

May 20 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

The latest update from Scottish Golf

May 14 2020 – 160 Golf clubs join latest Scottish Golf Zoom Panel Call with Buying Group representativies

Watch the full webinar back below.

May 11 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

Read the statement in full below.

May 8 2020 – Details of next Zoom Panel Call confirmed

May 8 2020 – A statement from Scottish Golf

Read the statement in full below.

May 7 2020 – The Xact Group provide over 100 clubs with advice in HR, Employment Law and Health and Safety on latest Zoom Panel Call

Watch the full call back below.

May 5 2020 – Xact Group to offer club support on next Zoom Panel Call

On this week’s call, we will discuss:

  • HR
  • Employment Law
  • Health and Safety in the workplace.

Click below to sign up for this week’s call.

May 4 2020 – sportscotland & Harper Macleod guidance for clubs

Harper Macleod LLP are appointed by sportscotland to provide legal services to Sport Governing Bodies (SGBs) and to support SGBs in the regulation and governance of sport in Scotland.  As part of this service, sportscotland has asked Harper Macleod LLP to provide guidance for clubs.  This is being offered as information only; the briefings and information hosted is provided on behalf of sportscotland and all SGBs supported under the expert resource programme. 

April 30 2020 – Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew join Zoom Call to talk all things golf in Scotland

April 27 2020 – Club Update from Scottish Golf

Summary of our commitment:

  • All clubs can apply for a 25% refund on their total 2019/20 affiliation fee invoice. Clubs that have already paid can apply for a refund or carry over a credit to the 2020/21 invoice year.
  • All clubs can apply for an interest free payment plan for both the 2019/20 period and the 2020/21 financial year. 
  • Any club that elects not to take the 25% refund/discount, we will commit that value to a club support fund which will be used for clubs under considerable financial strain. The value of this fund will become clear once all refund applications have been processed and the outcome will be published.
  • Scottish Golf will communicate the application process to all clubs within the next 14 days (noting it will be different for clubs who have paid, those who are adhering to committed payment plans and those clubs who have not communicated their intent). 

April 17 2020 – Scottish Golf to host live Zoom Webinar on Thursday 23 April

Facilitated by Scottish Golf’s Club Business Manager, Iain Evans, these calls will support all delegates by bringing together an expert panel from across the golf industry to deliver a range of advice, guidance and best practice during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

April 17 2020 – Scottish Government announce additional financial support

Around £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

April 17 2020 – Essential Maintenance Statement version 2 update

The following update (Version 2) to the Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses is published in view of the extension of the UK Government regulations, the changing seasonal climatic conditions and the need to utilise the time of reduced greenkeeping teams most effectively.

April 14 2020 – Information on Scottish Golf safeguarding virtual training courses

Please note that all scheduled safeguarding virtual training courses will go ahead as planned. 

No further action is necessary for those already booked in, as links to the virtual classroom along with instructions will automatically be sent out a few days prior to the course.

April 9 2020 – Scottish Golf Statement

An open letter from Eleanor Cannon, Chair of Scottish Golf.

2020 Scottish Golf National Championships cancelled. All 2020 performance programmes cancelled.

March 30 2020 – The PGA launch dedicated helpline

The PGA has launched a COVID-19 helpline to support PGA members, golf clubs and their management teams

March 27 2020 – Changes from Disclosure Scotland

PVG applications for anyone undertaking regulated work within golf are currently on hold until further notice.

March 26 2020 – Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses during COVID-19 Outbreak

The following industry statement sets out a reduced, essential maintenance regime for greenkeeping that protects workers, jobs and secures golfing facilities for the physical and mental wellbeing of millions of golfers who will resume play when social distancing rules are ended.

March 26 2020 – BIGGA to hold live webinar today

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton will host a live webinar at 3pm on 26 March to discuss the organisation’s response to COVID-19.

March 25 2020 – COVID-19 Update – Resources for Clubs

Latest update on Government advice and financial support available to businesses in Scotland.

March 24 2020 – COVID-19 Update – Golf Industry Guidelines – Financial Support Measures

The latest have golf industry guidelines aim to help clubs make contingency plans for their business.

March 24 2020 – COVID-19 Update

Scottish Golf has today received the following advice from the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

  • For security and essential maintenance purposes, greenkeeping staff can still attend work.
  • All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on social distancing.

March 23 2020 – COVID-19 Update

Scottish Golf asks that all golfers in Scotland refrain from golfing until further notice.

March 23 – Locker Rooms

Scottish Golf would strongly recommend that all affiliated golf clubs with locker room and changing facilities on site now close these at the earliest possible time. 

March 22 – Scottish Golf update following latest Government advice

All bar and dining facilities within clubhouses must now close with immediate effect.

March 20 – Scottish Golf seeks further clarity on new Government advice

Scottish Golf recognises that the latest change in Government advice may have an impact on our clubs and will further update once we have clarity from the Government on this.

March 20 2020 – Scottish Golf launches new Virtual GolfSixes challenge amid school closures in Scotland

Our new Virtual GolfSixes Challenge will provide children and families across Scotland with fun activities to keep them stimulated at home.

March 18 – Scottish Professionals deliver key health messages to golfers

March 18 2020 – Latest industry guidelines for club competitions and casual golf

The PGA, GCMA BIGGA and The R&A issue latest guidelines for club competitions and casual golf during COVID-19 outbreak.

March 17 2020 – Working together to share best practice in response to COVID-19

Scottish Golf encourages golf clubs to share what they are doing to ensure golfers can enjoy our great game in a safe environment

March 17 2020 – Scottish Golf postpones grassroots golf activity administered by Scottish Golf

Scottish Golf postpones grassroots golf programmes with immediate effect.

Affected programmes are:

Junior GolfSixes Leagues across Scotland

Girls Golf Hubs across Scotland

March 16 2020 – Scottish Golf update on COVID-19

Advice on public gatherings and government support for businesses.

Scottish Golf cancels all non-essential face-to-face meetings until end of April.

How to contact the Scottish Golf team while remote working policies become active.

March 13 2020 – Scottish Golf Statement on cancellation of National Championships

Scottish Golf cancels first three National Championships of 2020 season.

The cancelled events are: Boys Scottish Open (North Berwick), Girls Scottish Open (Powfoot) and Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open (Royal Troon).

March 13 2020 – Scottish Golf postpones AGM

Scottish Golf cancels 2020 AGM scheduled for Sunday 15 March.

March 12 2020 – Golf Industry Guidelines to COVID 19

Working with industry partners, Scottish Golf highlighted industry guidelines for golf in response to COVID-19.

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