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2020 Reopening of Local Golf Courses

Following today’s (Thurs 28 May)  announcement by the First Minister, we’re delighted to confirm that Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course and Winterfield Golf Course will REOPEN tomorrow (FRI 29 MAY) at 8am.

It's the news that golfers across East Lothian have been waiting for! 

Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier today (Thurs 28the May), non-contact outdoor activities in local areas, including golf, can indeed resume under Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 route-map out of lockdown.

Anticipating a positive confirmation, enjoyleisure and partners East Lothian Council, have been making the necessary preparations to safely reopen the golf courses at Musselburgh Old Links and Winterfield Golf Course Dunbar.

Scotland is renowned the world as the home of Golf, and East Lothian’s golfing coastline is one of the finest in the world.  While the game itself has not changed, there will be noticeable differences at the courses themselves, as social distancing measures are put in place.

Bill Axon, Chief Executive of enjoyleisure comments, “For enjoyleisure, the safety of customers and colleagues come first.  We have been constantly monitoring the latest Government advice surrounding COVID-19, and along with guidance issued by the Scottish Golf and the R&A, both courses have been adapted to comply with current social distancing policies.”

“I would like to thank our partners in East Lothian Council’s Amenity Services, who throughout this pandemic have been able to maintain the courses to an exceptionally high standard in difficult circumstances.”

Customers looking to attend their local municipal golf course should be aware of the policies now in place. 

  • Those in the high risk vulnerable (shielding) group that have been told to stay at home should continue to do so.
  • At any point, if players (or a member of their household) is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 they must stay at home and follow the self-isolation guidelines.
  • Government guidelines currently in place stipulate “Unnecessary travel should be avoided”.  Therefore, at this time, travel to the courses must be from within the local vicinity.
  • When wishing to play the course, all tee-times must be booked in advance. 
  • Permitted tee-groups are restricted to same-household or adherence of only mixing with one other household in a play group. 
  • Sneeze guard, masks and visors have been provided for colleagues on site. 
  • Customers are asked to abide by 2m social distancing practices at all times and in the Starters Office / Pro Shop use hand sanitiser gels on entry and use contactless payment where possible.  
  • On the course itself, 2m social distancing still applies.
  • Flag poles are to remain in situ at all times.  Hole cups have either been inverted or a foam sponge has been added to make retrieving golf balls from the hole safer.
  • Players are to refrain from handshaking or high-fives at the end of the game.

enjoyleisure will be reviewing its social distancing policies and rule of play regularly as Scotland moves through the Government’s phases.

Bill Axon, continues, “While we welcome the easing of the Scottish Government’s lockdown measures, we ask all of our customers to be mindful of the current pandemic situation and the role that we all play as individuals.   Progression through the phases are subject to ongoing monitoring.  We ask all of our customers to adhere to the measures in place, so that we can continue to ‘enjoy golf’ now and into the future.”

“In terms of Sports Centres, we continue to closely monitor government advice, and the country’s progression through the outlined route-map phases.  At present we are in regular contact with national agencies including Community Leisure UK and the RLSS, who are assisting the government to establish new guidelines for safe use of indoor sports facilities.   Locally we are planning for when and how we can safely reopen enjoy facilities to the local community.”  

“In the meantime, we urge all of our customers to continue engaging in physical activities in accordance with government guidelines, remember social distancing practices. 
Stay home, stay safe and stay active.”

Further information available at:   T: 0131 653 5122  T: 01368 863562

Advice for Golfers 

During this period, Scottish golfing bodies will be following the practices set out in

Golfers should familiarise themselves with this advice and be aware of the measures which will affect their golfing experience.


Scottish Golf Guidelines

Can be downloaded here


Muss Links Social Distancing Winterfield Social Distancing

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