Return to Play

26th April 2021

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Return to Pitch and Putt Protocol

Pitch and Putt Clubs to reopen on Monday 26th April.

In the Initial phase the following conditions apply: -

  • Any Member who feels unwell or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay away from the course

  • Physical distancing rules to be observed by all members

  • You can travel within your county or (20kms if in a different county) from home to visit your club

  • Members only, participants must be from no more than two households, players may play in two balls, or alternatively three balls and four-balls where players are from no more than two households

  • Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick

  • Rakes to be removed from bunkers. Players are asked to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. Clubs may introduce a local rule providing placing in bunkers within six inches not nearer the hole

  • Sport Ireland have stipulated in their guidance regarding sports that are resuming on the 26th April that no formal competitions should be organised or promoted by clubs in the initial phase of reopening

  • No organised social gatherings of any size are permitted at Pitch and Putt facilities, all pitch and putt activities should be organised on “arrival-play –depart without delay

  • No Green Fees or Member Guests, play is for Members only in the first phase of reopening whilst the country remains in Level 5 restrictions ( Prebooking is recommended. Visitors and members’ guests will be permitted in later stages of reopening.

  • Clubhouse access confined to toilet facilities only

  • Pitch and Putt Clubs will monitor members behaviour at venues to ensure members are compliant with the protocol for “Return to Pitch and Putt”

  • Clubs should be mindful not to undermine their existing membership, but are free to advertise for “New Members”

  • The protocols for participation in Pitch and Putt activities are the same for those who have been vaccinated and those who are not. If the restrictions for those who have received both doses of their vaccine change, and it is possible for these to be adopted into the return to Pitch and Putt protocols this will be communicated to clubs

  • Pitch and Putt Ireland commends clubs for having shown a high level of compliance thus far and encourages all players and clubs to continue to follow protocols issued in accordance with these measures

  • At this stage there are no set review dates for the resumption of sport. Any changes to protocol will be communicated to clubs as soon as they are known

  • The Government’s easing of restrictions is taking a phased approach to reduce the risk of a 4th wave and prevent restrictions from needing to be re-introduced at a later stage

The Work Safely Protocol is a revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol published in May 2020. The revised Protocol incorporates the current advice on the Public Health measures needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and workplaces as issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the Department of Health and the Government. The Protocol is a general document applicable to all sectors. It sets out the minimum measures required in every place of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate the re-opening of workplaces following temporary closures and the ongoing safe operation of those workplace. The protocol can be accessed here:

  • Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on Sport have stipulated that adult 1:1coaching is prohibited in the first phase of reopening

  • Juveniles are allowed to play as outlined in the protocol document, Juveniles are encouraged to return to Pitch and Putt.