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Preparations Underway For Golf’s Return

May 22 2020

St Andrews Links Trust is delighted to share our plans for a phased reopening of the courses at the Home of Golf from Friday 29th May.
 
The return of golf is hugely important for our community and eagerly anticipated by us all. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support throughout this unprecedented period.
 
Everyone in our community, every individual, every family, every business, every organisation has been impacted by this global pandemic. We are committed to ensuring that as we overcome these challenging times the Links provides a safe and enjoyable environment for us to all come together and play our part in a sensible and responsible manner.
 
In order to move forward, we have had to begin preparing for the new normals and new responsibilities that we must adhere to if golf is to play an active role in emerging from this crisis. We urge everyone to be respectful of our guidelines to ensure that in time we can move to a fully phased reintroduction of the game as we all know and love it.
 
The health and wellbeing of colleagues, customers and golfers remains our priority and we have developed our operations and phased return to promote social distancing at all times. We invite you to read through these detailed changes:
 
RETURN TO GOLF: REOPENING GUIDELINES
 
In order that both staff and golfers return in a safe and distanced manner some courses will remain closed in these early phases and we will return to play with a maximum of two balls at 12 minute intervals with play restricted to Links Ticketholders only at this time.
 
We will continue to monitor and review our policies and practices before we consider re-introducing guests and visitors in the coming weeks. Ticketholders should ensure they follow the Scottish Government advice on travel, which states within phase one that you should only travel within a short distance of your local community (broadly 5 miles).
 
Our clubhouses, restaurants, Golf Academy and shops remain closed in line with government guidance. Similarly, we would remind all Ticketholders that there will be no toilet facilities available to golfers during Phase 1 and we would encourage everyone with a golf booking to bring any necessary food and drink supplies from home for during their round.

Our phased return to golf will mirror those guidelines published by Scottish Government and Scottish Golf. We will continue to issue updates to golf clubs, Ticketholders via email and with regular updates here and on our social media channels.
 
As we all look forward to reopening, we encourage you to play your part in providing a safe, sustainable environment for our community to enjoy golf in the safest practical way.
Please note reopening of the courses is subject to final Scottish Government guidance on Thursday 28th May. If for any reason reopening is delayed all bookings will be void.
 
Visiting Golfers

For golfers with queries relating to prepaid bookings we would ask you to contact your Authorised Provider, travel partner or, if booked directly through St Andrews Links, our Reservations team. Our Reservations team are dealing with a high volume of queries and we would ask any queries to be directed via email in the first instance.
 
We would like to assure you there is no urgency to call to discuss rescheduled times. We will continue to deal with queries throughout the weeks and months ahead. We thank you in advance for your patience. 
 
Thank you for your continued support.

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