Golfers return to the fairways in Derbyshire as lockdown rules are eased
Golfers enjoyed getting back into the swing of things as they returned to Derbyshire fairways this week, following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
At Chesterfield Golf Club, over 200 members played on Monday – the first the club has been allowed to welcome golfers back since play was prohibited under the third lockdown at the turn of year.
General Manager Sean Boyle, said: “It is fantastic to welcome members back on to the golf course – the sun is shining and it is great to see smiling faces all round.
“We have around 750 members in total – 600 who are golfers and 150 who are social members. Many of them rely on the golf club for their friendships and exercise and it is great for them to be able to meet up again.
“Golf is a very safe sport to play as it lends itself naturally to social distancing and many measures have been put in place to minimise any risk of infection spread. Nobody is allowed to touch the flagsticks, rakes have been removed from bunkers and we track and trace everyone who is on the golf course at any one time.
“In the first day of tee booking over 2,000 rounds of golf were booked – that was for a two-week period which was limited to members only!
“Our membership has been incredibly supportive throughout the pandemic and seeing them back playing the sport they love is incredibly uplifting after what has been a very challenging year for so many.”