England Golf. Closing golf right or wrong?

Bunkermagnet

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Yes its the right action to take, however I think too many are still working and shouldnt be. Only medical workers, chemists and food shops should be allowed to stay open.
 
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Jigger

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Yes its the right action to take, however I think too many are still working and shouldnt be. Only medical workers, chemists and food shops should be allowed to stay open.
Plus other support functions I agree. There no need to build houses right now that’s for certain.
 

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it's massively the right decision. I can't understand anybody saying otherwise. I know you say against it in the OP, but to think the courses should be open or to play on the closed courses (even worse) is completely selfish and self centred.

The only thing we should be looking at now for courses is hoping that they can all keep their greens staff in employment so the courses are in excellent condition when they're given the go ahead to re-open.
 

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I think you’re right but not because of people ignoring the rules. The government have done very well in staggering the impacts, following the plan to the letter to avoid a collapse of our economy and society. I just think a total lock down in a couple of weeks is the next steps. The supermarkets are massively ramping up on staff.
I actually think if everyone adhered to what they’re being told a full lockdown may be avoidable, but they simply won’t.

As a frontline worker I can tell you the number of pubs still serving is shocking. People are having Coronavirus house parties, family get togethers. The response has been embarrassing, and most worrying of all is the fact so many of those ignoring the advice are those it’s specifically intended to protect.

As someone said only this evening, the police won’t win this battle without the full backing of the public, because you can’t police stupid.
 

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Pubs still serving? Where's that? Everything near me is locked up.
Believe me, there will be pubs near you flouting the rules. Not for long, because when they realise their licences are at risk they’ll see sense, but far too many are still trying it on.

Lock-ins for regulars thinking nobody will find out, claiming to be providing a takeaway service - you name it, every trick in the book is being attempted. Anyone who thinks every pub in the land shut up shop last Friday is wearing rose tinted specs.
 

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I actually think if everyone adhered to what they’re being told a full lockdown may be avoidable, but they simply won’t.

As a frontline worker I can tell you the number of pubs still serving is shocking. People are having Coronavirus house parties, family get togethers. The response has been embarrassing, and most worrying of all is the fact so many of those ignoring the advice are those it’s specifically intended to protect.

As someone said only this evening, the police won’t win this battle without the full backing of the public, because you can’t police stupid.
Really gets my coat

Some of us follow the rules to the letter. Seen my parents through the window instead of seeing them when they walk on their one walk a day

My daughter unable to see her grandparents for months

And pathetic people are having parties?
 

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Absolutely the right decision. Not only can people not be trusted to keep their distance, isn’t the daily form of exercise limited to 30 minutes anyway?

Personally I’ve lost all interest in the game, too worried about family, friends and livelihoods to think about a game.

The quicker everyone accepts it and follows the instructions to the letter, the quicker this will be under control, and more importantly, the fewer lives will be lost.
 

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The whole thing is massively frustrating. I live pretty much on the edge of a fairly large conurbation and we go for a walk around the estate every night to get some exercise. We could jump into the car and in literally 5 minutes be out in open countryside with nobody around where we could exercise more safely but that isn't allowed.
 
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It's the right thing to do, but, we're now 2 weeks into not being allowed to even leave the house and it's getting pretty frustrating.

We're allowed to walk the dogs no more than 50m from the house, and essential trips to the supermarket etc.

Novelty of lockdown has definitely worn off.
 

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I'm also of the view that the problem isn't whether to permit golf (or angling - I'm a member at private lakes where few fish, no one gets close to anyone and I don't need bait etc for a year!) but to resolve this wider issue of people being out and about.
Pointless having a dual system of those doing, and those not - will just spread the period of semi isolation longer and longer.
To have police pleading on national TV with people not to head for the national parks this coming weekend, but not proposing to impose fines if they do, is completely ridiculous. It fundamentally undermines the work of the medical staff at all levels.

If it was me I would physically close all the car parks and have have the army patrolling them (with dogs and guns) - maybe people would get the message!
 

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Correct decision.

Despite the requests from the manager to social distance before the closure lots of players ignoring the request.

What also has to be factored in is that for the majority they would have to drive to the club and that breaks the government rules which are - not to drive to our place of exercise.
 
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I think it was and still is the right decision, but there's so much of all of this that is a bit silly. My mates have been walking their dogs at the course (not together!), and there's plenty of people up there doing the same. When you consider that this is ok but playing golf as a single isn't, it does sound a little silly.
 
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Completely the right thing to do.

My course is on an open common with public walking around - hard to keep distance at times.

Had an email from the captain this morning asking to make sure we pay fees - I understand this might put some clubs in trouble, but if we all do the right thing and stay indoors, we'll be back playing and putting money behind the bar and proshop sooner than if we're all out and about socialising and spreading this virus further.
 

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Right decision in my opinion!

it is also the fact people can’t be trusted to keep their distance etc.
I was told on Monday that one of the top golf clubs in the uk had its members gathering on the balcony drinking cans of beer they brought from home as the bar and clubhouse was closed !

of course the club was furious but if this goes on at a prestige venue god knows what will happen at the regular pay and play courses ( no offence to those who play there just highlighting my point)
 

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It was totally the right thing to do and golfers only have themselves to blame. We had one weekend to prove that we could be trusted and far too many just went on as normal and disregarded the precautions and protocols. Furthermore, look how many people on here alone have posted about going on the course or looking for loopholes to allow people to play. With comments like these about in the golfing community, do you really think that people can be trusted to go out of there own, to not join up as a 2 ball once out of site of the clubhouse, to become a 4 ball further round so as the usual people can play together.

An out and out ban on golf was the only option and very much the right one as, and I would like to say it was a minority but scenes at my club would say that was wrong, people simply cannot be trusted.
 
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I’m torn on this one. I’ve elderly parents I need to protect but I pass more people exercising by walking around than I ever do on the course. We see parks and beaches littered with people and as we can’t get online food shops we end up queuing to get in places around more people.

It seems when we need as many open spaces as possible, more are closing. Did they do the right thing or did they bolt too early when they should maybe have been proving some reasoning?

P.s. no name calling people as self centred or selfish. We’re all entitled to genuine opinion.
At the moment, this is the correct decision.

Problem is playing golf requires a course to be maintained which means people travelling to work and using the equipment, break areas etc. As well as possibly have child care issues at home. And lets be honest, we all know that there will be idiots who will continue as normal in terms of sharing transport, shaking hands, putting balls in a hat, tending flags etc.

As a sport, golf is probably as safe as sport as can be played with physical distancing in place, and I'd hope would be one of the first sports back when things start getting back to normal.

I feel the 1 hour of exercise is something that is essential for physical and mental health. If someone was just staying in for 3 weeks and even going to the shop 4 or 5 times a week, it would not be good for either.
 
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