By Staff writer
Golfers must pre-book their round in advance, and wear masks upon arrival
Golf courses in Saudi Arabia are set to reopen on Sunday, following new guidance issued to the Saudi Golf Federation (SGF).
After more than two months of controlled movement and closures, the Saudi government this week set out a specific timetable to lift current restrictions in three phases.
All golf clubs were included in the first phase of the government’s plans and have been given official permission to allow their members to return.
However, there are strict health and safety guidelines and precautionary measures that golf clubs must adhere to. Golfers must pre-book their round in advance, and wear masks upon arrival. Temperature checks will also be conducted on arrival for all members. Social distancing of two metres will also be in use, while golf carts will be limited to just one per golfer. Shower and locker facilities will also remain closed.
“As one of the sports which can be played safely during this period, we urge everyone to be respectful of the phased approach taken by the Saudi Golf Federation,” said Majed Al Sorour, CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation.
“We will continuously monitor the situation both in the Kingdom, and across the world and we have not ruled out the reintroduction of further restrictions if the guidelines are not followed correctly. It is therefore imperative that both golf clubs and members take the necessary steps and adhere to guidelines, if facilities are to remain open in the weeks ahead,” he added.