Roganstown and Swords golf courses to remain open during coronavirus pandemic

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Two Irish golf courses will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, making every effort to keep customers safe while they play.

Roganstown and Swords golf courses in Dublin have remained open, despite a near total shutdown of all sport in Ireland.

The courses have released a joint statement, stressing that updated government measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 does not mean that golf courses will be forced to shut.

The statement read: "Golf is a great sport for people generally to get out and about, exercise and enjoy fresh air. It is played in an outdoor setting where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.

At Roganstown and Swords we have taken every effort to ensure that any risks are minimised.

There is no need to touch anything on the course.

• All bunker rakes have been removed

• Flag sticks are at the side of the green and do not need to be touched

• Ball washers have been removed from the course

• Air guns for cleaning shoes are disconnected, so not in use.
Bookings

• All golfers must book on line or by telephone and only 1 person is to enter the golf shop at any one time.

A view of a ball
(Image: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry)

• Any payments should if possible be by telephone or on-line.

• There is hand sanitizer at the entrance to the golf shop and all guests should use this before entering the shop, practice area and putting greens

• There is hand sanitizer at the range and all guests are required to use it before and after using the keypad.

• Only 4 people should be on the putting green at any 1 time to ensure physical distancing requirements are upheld."

But the courses have stressed that if circumstances change, they'll follow government advice.

The statement added: "We are following rigidly the guidelines laid out by the Taoiseach in terms of physical distancing in line with the advice he has been receiving from the healthcare professionals.

"Under the current advice there is NO NEED for golf courses to close. In fact, golf courses allow for a safe place for people to get outdoor exercise which is vital for their physical and mental well-being.

"If the government, under advice from the healthcare professionals, decide to take more stringent action and move to an all out lock-down where golf is also included, then we will abide by their decision and close immediately."

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