The French Golf Federation has officially announced the resumption of amateur golf as of Monday, May 11th. Courses will reopen and golfers will be able to play in foursomes.
The resumption of play, with up to four players per game, will be accompanied by a battery of strict measures that will remain in force until 1 June, starting with the physical distance of at least two metres and the respect of barrier gestures.
Golfer in the red zone
If the practice of golf will be authorized whatever the classification of the department (red/green) and within a radius of 100 km around the residence, the mayors or prefects will be able to delay or prohibit the opening of golf courses, even if this point is "Unlikely." according to Christophe Muniesa, national technical director of the French Golf Federation.
Golf clubs may require you to wear a mask in enclosed and covered areas of the club, including the reception area. A pre-booking will also be necessary in order to take a tee time or a lesson. Even if the golfer wishes to come and train individually, he/she will have to announce his/her arrival in advance to the establishment.
Restaurants closed, proshops open
The cloakrooms, lounge, bars and restaurants will remain closed, although takeaway sales will be possible. The reception, the proshop and the caddymaster may be open. The arrival of the player on the golf course will have to be done 30 minutes maximum before his departure/start of lesson.
The flag must be left in the hole on the, and, greens. "The vast majority of golf courses are already equipped with a device that allows the ball to be recovered without hitting the bogey. advances Christophe Muniesa. In addition, the rakes will be removed from the bunkers.
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Finally, on the teaching side, both individual and group lessons will be allowed, while respecting distance and barrier gestures. Teachers will be able to wear protective visors. Golf schools will not resume immediately.