Golf courses to shut as a good walk ruined by pandemic

Even the world's longest golf course across two states, the Nullabor Links could be hit by coronavirus fears.

Even the world's longest golf course across two states, the Nullabor Links could be hit by coronavirus fears. Photo: Nullabor Links

Golf Australia has told clubs around the country to close courses and all facilities until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Golf was allowed to continue across Australia last week, thanks to new local rules, social-distancing measures and the closure of clubhouses.

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that outdoor gatherings would be limited to a maximum of two people to try to curb the coronavirus spread.

Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold suggested it was clear his sport now did not fall within those parameters, even if many people used it as exercise and, as such, recommended all clubs and facilities shut.

“While this is a difficult time for the golf industry and wider society, Golf Australia is committed to working with clubs and facilities across the states and territories to ensure that we return a vibrant, strong industry,” Newbold said in a statement.

“Golf Australia acknowledges that some state and territory governments will provide additional information.

“We will keep you up to date as and when additional state and territory-based announcements are made.

“So you are clear on the legalities of golf courses and their operations moving forward.”

Golf Australia is lobbying state and federal governments to ensure, in the event of further restrictions, that course staff will still be able to access clubs and facilities.

“We will keep you all up to date as to the status of these discussions, although it should be noted that as of now there are no further restrictions on current greenkeeping operations,” Newbold said.

COVID-19 has halted organised sport in Australia at the highest level, but also at grassroots clubs across the country.


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