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Golf clubs tee off again

GOLF Tasmania has encouraged all Tasmanian golfers to return to their clubs and play within strict social distancing guidelines.

Golf Tasmania game development manager Simon Weston said golf remained an important exercise regime for Tasmanians’ mental and physical health.

“Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community,” he said.

“Golf Australia’s initial position was for clubs to close, but over the past five weeks, we have been encouraged to see golf played safely in five states and one territory, including Tasmania.

“We are now encouraging all clubs to re-open under strict and specific safety protocols.”

Mr Weston said alongside social distancing, safety protocols included:

Keeping gloves on and not touching hands with playing partners.

Not sharing carts.

Leaving flags in and reducing hole depth.

Playing in pairs with greater times between groups.

Not exchanging cards and not using bunker rakes.

Maintaining personal hygiene.

“Golf Australia may again alter its position depending on the changing requirements of governments – Federal, State and Territory – as the COVID-19 crisis continues,” Mr Weston said.

Caption: Royal Hobart golfer Lynn Hallum is excited to get back on the golf green.