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Golf Ireland Update

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This update is for clubs in the Republic of Ireland, however all clubs are included for information purposes.

Note re Members playing in their Home Club during Level 3

Level 3 of the Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ framework requires people to stay in their county with the exception of travel for specific essential reasons as outlined on www.gov.ie.

Up to now, all sporting organisations have advised their participants not to travel outside of their county to engage in sporting activity, save for some very limited exceptions.

However, we have been acutely aware of many instances where these rules have prevented a significant number of club members from accessing the facilities of their golf club due to residing on the other side of a county boundary. This applies in particular to clubs which are situated close to county boundaries, for example Dun Laoghaire (Dublin-Wicklow), Carton House (Dublin-Kildare-Meath), Portumna (Galway-Offaly-Tipperary), Enniscrone (Sligo-Mayo), Waterford (Waterford-Kilkenny) and a number of others.
 
Having discussed this issue with regard to these and other examples with Sport Ireland, we can confirm with immediate effect that members can continue to travel to their Home Club to play golf.
 
It is important to note that this dispensation applies to local travel only, and only to home club members. It also remains the case that golfers are not permitted to travel beyond their county to play golf at a club which is not their home club while the Level 3 travel restrictions remain in place.

From 18 December until 6 January, all domestic travel restrictions will be lifted and golfers can travel to play golf beyond their county boundaries in all circumstances during this time.

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