The PGA has launched is a COVID-19 Helpline to support PGA Members, golf clubs and their management teams through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline, which was launched on Thursday (March 26), will provide PGA Members and their golf facilities with a point of contact throughout the ongoing crisis.
It will mainly focus on the recent Government financial support packages for the self-employed and businesses, providing information around how it will apply to golf business and individuals and how to access this support.
Robert Maxfield, Chief Executive of The PGA, commented: “These are unprecedented times. The coronavirus is having a massive impact on life in the UK, Ireland and around the world, and like so many other industries, golf is being hit hard by the ramifications. We remain concerned about the impact on our Members, their professional colleagues and their golf facilities.
“We are monitoring the situation carefully and have communicated quickly and fully through our channels as and when information becomes available. The helpline will now allow us to respond to our Members. individual concerns and questions and we will be here as a point of contact for them and their facilities should they need us.”
The livelihoods of many PGA Members are reliant on the sustainability of golf facilities. Supporting these facilities is an important addition to The PGA service. The PGA and the Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA) are working closely on developing advice and resources as the situation unfolds.
A dedicated team of PGA staff will also proactively contact PGA Members and their facilities in the coming days to direct them to further support and advice.
The PGA has also developed a ‘COVID-19 Resource Hub’ which has become a hugely important resource for PGA Members and the wider golf industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This will continue to be updated as and when information becomes available.
Maxfield added: “We will do whatever it takes to support our Members and their facilities through these difficult times. “We all have a long-term interest in the golf industry not only surviving these difficult times, but emerging stronger and more united in the months ahead.”
The helpline telephone numbers are listed below and on the COVID-19 Resource Hub. They will be manned between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
PGA in Scotland – 07799 111 862
PGA South Region – 01279 652 070
PGA Midlands Region – 01675 624 755
PGA North Region – 01204 496 137
PGA South Region – 01483 224 200
PGA West Region – 07799 111 857
PGA in Ireland – 00353 4293 21193