COVID-19 Resource Hub

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Hub

This page provides resources for PGA Members, golf clubs and the golf industry about the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Information will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

Introduction

A golf club is a close community, with a small number of staff and volunteers working extremely hard to maintain a facility that provides enjoyment and relaxation to customers.

It’s also a highly-skilled working environment, with staff who are professionally trained to complete each of their daily roles and without whom the entire operation would grind to a halt.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a life-threatening respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia,severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

In an attempt to stem the spread of the virus, extensive guidance has been published for anyone who has potentially come into contact with a carrier. In addition to good personal hygiene, self-isolation is seen as the best way to contain the spread. If that happens at a golf facility, the club could find itself without its entire greenkeeping, catering and/or clubhouse staff for an extended period and its long-term security could be placed at risk.

Introduction

Operational guidance for the future phased re-opening of golf

The PGA has led the development of a coordinated opening plan with support from BGIA, BIGGA, Foremost, GCMA, TGI Golf Partnership, UK Golf Federation and The R&A with a view to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of golfers and members of staff alike. These guidelines also represent part of the overall document that we have submitted to Government to present a case for golf to open. As time moves on and Government guidelines and advice change, we will adapt these guidelines accordingly and forward to you.

COVID-19 guidance on the rules of golf (June 29)

The R&A and USGA have moved to clarify whether a competition being run using temporary measures to help minimise exposing players to COVID-19 is being “played under the Rules of Golf”.

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Keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

COVID-19 secure guidance for employers, employees and the selfemployed.

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PGA Statement on re-opening of Retail

The UK Government has set out their timeline for retail to reopen in June. This announcement means pro-shops in England can re-open for retail services from the 15th June.

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Guidelines for golf facilities

This document contains operational guidance for professional staff engaged in the management of golf courses, clubs and driving ranges that may be adopted when government COVID-19 restrictions permit the re-opening of golf facilities.

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Guidelines for playing golf

This document, created by The R&A and supported by The PGA, contains Guidance on playing golf in the UK under Covid 19 restrictions when it is deemed safe for golf to open.

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Working safely during the Coronavirus

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Golf Club Survey

As part of the phased reopening of golf, PGA Partners' the 59 Club carried out a survery with Members. This formed the basis of the 'Post lockdown trends and survey results' PGA Live webinar.

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Eat Out to Help Out registration

The government have launched a new scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

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Is your business ready to reopen?

Use the Smarter Business checklist to ensure compliance before opening your doors.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under Operational Guidelines

Useful links to prepare golf facilities for the reopening of golf.

The Valley Group - Preparing for the re-Open

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Asbri Golf - Getting Golf Back to Business Safely

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CK Consumables - PPE for golf facilities

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HSE - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

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HSE - Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus

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COVID-19 CPD resources

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various free and reduced cost CPD resources available to Members.

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Guidance for PGA Members based in the UK

Guidance for PGA Members based in the UK

The following guidance is applicable to PGA Members based in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland).

This information is separated into the individual home countries to give as accurate guidance as possible. Please click on the links below to jump to the section relevant to you.

PGA in England

PGA in Scotland

PGA in Wales

UK Government Financial Support

View the latest information about financial support from the UK government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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UK government announces additional financial support measures

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Government support for businesses

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Furlough commission payments and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Government guidance for businesses

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Government guidance for employees

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Business support finder tool

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Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

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Prepare to make Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claim

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Checker

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Self Employment and Business Scenarios for Accessing Government Support (UK)

The PGA is aware that self-employed PGA Professionals use a variety of business models in order to deliver their services. Almost every PGA Professional is currently affected by business interruption due to the COVID-19 emergency, while government advice and support is evolving almost daily.

The following scenarios relate to Members based in the UK.

Sole Trader scenarios

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Limited company scenarios

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Unincorporated Association scenarios for UK Golf Clubs

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Limited Companies scenarios for UK Golf Clubs

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The PGA in England

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in England.

UPDATE - Coaching juniors during the summer holidays

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UPDATE - Pro-Ams and Golf Club Open Events (July 15)

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UPDATE - 2020 PGA Tournament Activity (July 14)

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A framework for playing golf (July 13)

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An update on PGA tournament activity (July 3)

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Statement - Catering facilities in England (June 24)

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Statement - Fourball golf can resume in England from Monday (June 1)

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Statement - clarification on club fitting and driving ranges in England (May 18)

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Statement on Coaching and Retail (May 14)

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Response to the UK Government's recovery strategy (May 11)

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Response from UK golf bodies to Prime Minister’s announcement (May 10)

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£195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

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Archived resources

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Financial support in England.

Business rates and support grants in England

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The PGA in Scotland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Scotland.

Scottish Golf update (August 21)

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Phase 3 guidance for golf clubs and golfers in Scotland

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Phase 3 guidance email (July 10)

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PGA in Scotland guidance for the safe return of golf

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Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

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Getting your facilities fit for sport

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Scotland.

Business rates and support grants in Scotland

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The PGA in Wales

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Wales.

Golf in Wales returning to new normal (July 13)

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Golf in Wales following the Welsh Government announcement (May 29)

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The PGA & Wales Golf statement regarding retail and coaching (May 15)

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Latest guidance from Welsh Government on golf re-starting in Wales

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Return to work risk assessment

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Leaving home to exercise guidance

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Closure of Business and Premises Advice

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Wales.

Business rates and support grants in Wales

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Support eligibility checker

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Financial support and grants

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Coronavirus hotline

The PGA is launching a COVID-19 Helpline to support PGA Members, golf clubs and their management teams through the ongoing crisis.

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Guidance for PGA Members based in Ireland

The following guidance is applicable to PGA Members based in Northern and Southern Ireland.

This information is separated into the individual countries to give as accurate guidance as possible. Please click on the links below to jump to the section relevant to you.

PGA in Northern Ireland

PGA in the Republic of Ireland

Guidance for PGA Members based in Ireland

Self Employment and Business Scenarios for Accessing Government Support (Ireland)

The PGA is aware that self-employed PGA Professionals and Golf Clubs use a variety of business models in order to deliver their services. Almost every PGA Professional and Golf Club is currently affected by business interruption due to the COVID-19 emergency, while government advice and support is evolving almost daily.

The following scenarios relate to Members and Golf Clubs based in Ireland.

Sole Trader and Partnership scenarios

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Limited Company scenarios

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Unincorporated Association scenarios for Irish Golf Clubs

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Limited Companies scenarios for Irish Golf Clubs

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The PGA in the Republic of Ireland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in the Republic of Ireland.

Statement - further Clarification of golf in Ireland (May 15)

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Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland

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FAQs for the safe re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland

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Government announcement on the reopening of golf courses

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Roadmap for reopening society and business

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Video message from Robert Maxfield, chief executive

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Archived resources

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Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland - PHASE 4

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Financial support in the Republic of Ireland.

Information for Employees and the Self-employed

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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

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Business Continuity voucher

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Business Rates Deferral

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Supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

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Financial support measures for businesses in Ireland

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Temporary wage subsidy scheme

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The PGA in Northern Ireland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Northern Ireland.

Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in North Ireland

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Frequently Asked Questions in relation to the Protocol for the safe re-introduction of golf in Northern Ireland

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Northern Ireland.

Business rates and support grants in Northern Ireland

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COVID-19 Family support

There are various initiatives to help you and your family members cope during the Coronavirus pandemic. The PGA have collated some that may be useful to you.

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Guidance for International Members

Useful links and information for PGA Members based overseas.

Travel advice for PGA Members living overseas

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FAQs for PGA Members based in Italy

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Updates from government agencies across Australia

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Support for sole traders in Australia

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Updates from the Government of the Netherlands

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Government financial support for self-employed Members in Germany

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Info for PGA Members in China

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Track government policy changes across the globe

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Information for PGA Members in France

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Guidance for golf clubs and businesses

BIGGA, The PGA, and the GCMA, supported by the R&A, have collaborated on the guidelines which offer advice on the running of a golf club in the possible absence of key staff, planning for the longer term effects to the business and the importance of communication to staff and to members.

Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses During COVID-19 Outbreak

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BIGGA tips for keeping greenkeepers healthy

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How do you prepare your golf course for lockdown?

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Learning to live with worry and anxiety

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An appeal to golfers from BIGGA and The R&A

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Guidance on the rules of golf

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Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses During COVID-19 Outbreak

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AGMs and the impact of COVID-19 - guidance and legal advice

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Video message from Robert Maxfield

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Guidance for temporarily closing unoccupied properties

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59club supporting the golf industry

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Getting to grips with cashflow (part one)

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Keeping business premises secure

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Glenmuir launches new Lockdown Vendor

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Guidance from health organisations

The World Health Organisation and the NHS are providing regular updates and guidance through their respective websites.

World Health Organisation updates

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NHS advice

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HSE advice

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Mind - Mental health

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NHS - Every Mind Matters

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Free mental health helpline for PGA Members

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