Sports are to be banned as part of Lockdown 2.0 Boris Johnson announced on Saturday 31st October, coming into effect 5th November. Instantly golfers across the UK cried out to save our sport as EnglandGolf.Org started a petition for the government to Keep Golf Courses Open. The petition received over a quarter of a million signatures in 24 hours.
Golf has grown in popularity this year thanks to it being able to offer fresh air and exercise where it is easy to social distance. Not only has it proved good for physical wellbeing, golf has had a positive impact on mental health. We take a look at the figures and find out which region is the most passionate to keep golf courses open.
For me, this isn’t about folks missing out on a month’s golf. It’s about golf playing it’s small role as a solution to some of the collateral damage of this pandemic.
Which regions are most passionate about keeping golf courses open?
This heatmap shows the number of signatures per region across the UK.
Number of Signatures by Region
South East is Most Passionate About Keeping Golf Courses Open
Golfers in the South East look to be the most passionate about remaining out on the course. The South East generated over 58,000 signatures in total with a number of the Home County areas all with over 1,000 signatures.
(map courtesy of Unboxed)
Southport Most Passionate in the North West of the UK
In the North West it comes as no surprise that Southport tops the signature charts along with Warrington South and Tatton. This is likely due to both Hillside Golf Club and Royal Birkdale, two of the best courses in England, being located around this area.
London Wants Golf Courses Open Too
Richmond Park, Twickenham, Wimbledon, Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner top the London charts with the most signatures.
90,000 🥰 after the news last night, if courses remain open, it’ll feel as good as finding your 1st ball after hitting 3 provisionals.
— Your Golf Travel (@yourgolftravel) November 1, 2020
A Letter to the Prime Minister from England Golf
Listening to the prime minister, the news that he is actively encouraging safe and responsible outdoor exercise for households or two individuals pointed to our great game of golf being at the heart of this policy. The guidance which followed stating that golf courses were on a list of venues which should close, therefore, appeared contradictory and came out of the blue.
Jeremy Tomlinson England Golf Chief Executive
Keeping Safe During November
We all must play our part and stick to the government guidance during November. Whether golf courses remain open or not, here at Your Golf Travel, we will bring you as much golf entertainment in the way of vlogs, blogs and golf chat as possible. We have all come to learn that exercise and making an effort with our friends and family is especially important. So get out where you can but be sure to social distance.
YGT Rory and Coach Lockey: Social Distancing
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