Month: March 2020

Updated statement from GUI & ILGU in relation to corona virus / COVID-19

Updated statement from GUI & ILGU in relation to corona virus / COVID-19

FAO: All members, staff and officers

Joint Statement – Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 11.00am

The following is a joint statement from the GUI and ILGU in relation to the current corona virus pandemic.

Golf in Northern Ireland:
In its latest measures to contain the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone in the UK must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.

  • to go to work (if you are a key worker)
  • to infrequently shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials
  • to exercise outside once a day
  • to provide care or help a vulnerable person
  • or any medical need

While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message is clear. People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With this in mind, it is the view of the GUI and ILGU that all golf clubs in Northern Ireland must close their facilities with immediate effect.

Such closures will have a significant impact on golf clubs and we continue to consult with industry partners to provide clubs with all information and support possible during this time of deep uncertainty.

We know that these decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the UK Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game that we all love as soon as it is safe to do so.

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 (physical) distancing. Clubs should divide course staff into two teams where possible and if one becomes unavailable, the other team will still be okay to work.

Golf in the Republic of Ireland:
The GUI and ILGU have consistently reflected the advice of expert medical professionals in advising our member clubs.

It is anticipated that an update on the period of restriction will be made soon by the Irish Government, after which we will issue an updated statement in relation to golf in the Republic of Ireland.

You will appreciate that this is a very fluid situation with new developments almost daily. We will continue to liaise with the appropriate authorities, and will ensure that our clubs are kept informed as to recommended best practice at all times.

Kind regards

Margaret Quinn
General Manager

Newlands Guidelines – COVID 19 – Updated 17 March

In addition to  COVID 19 guidelines from GUI & ILGU  see here  and  in the interest of Health and Safety, the following additional measures are being implemented at Newlands Golf Club, thank you all for your cooperation and support.

Members and staff returning from overseas visits are requested not to visit the Club for 14 days.

Green Fees and member guests are not permitted and the Pro Shop has been advised accordingly.

Showers/towels will not be in operation until further notice.

The Administration Office is closed to members and visitors and will deal with queries and requests for information by email and telephone only during the hours of 9.00am to 13.00pm and 14.00pm to 17.00pm.

Wednesday Captains Drive In, due to take place on Wednesday 1st April will be rescheduled.

All Thursday Golfing Society competitions have been cancelled until further notice.

The Junior programme which was to commence on Monday 6th April will be rescheduled.

Junior members under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and should not congregate in groups of more than 3.

The snooker and junior rooms are closed until further notice.

Access to the clubhouse is restricted to ground floor only via the door facing onto the putting greens. The front doors into the locker rooms will be left open.

Flag poles have been removed from the holes on all of our greens. A flag to indicate the position of the hole on each green, front, middle or back, will be placed at the rear of each green, embedded in a cup holder to maintain each coloured flag in an upright and visible position. 

Rakes will be removed from the bunkers, please use your golf clubs diligently to even out the sand for fellow golfers.

Please observe the guidelines the competition secretaries have posted to minimise card and technology handling for members, staff and volunteers.

No BRS booking facility will be available at the clubhouse until further notice.

Please leave the club before 6.30pm daily as security will be setting alarms, locking up and closing the gates at 7 pm daily, until further notice.

A  COVID-19 oversight committee has been in place since early March.

Thank you all for your continued co-operation  Stay Safe

Golf Ireland Update … Slides & Video

At the Annual General Meetings of the GUI and ILGU in February 2020, delegates were presented an update on the Transition to Golf Ireland. The slides, presented by Chair Tim O’Connor and CEO Mark Kennelly, are now available for Clubs members.

Please click on the links below for more info:



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