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.

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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FAQs for the safe re-introduction of golf in Ireland

The Golfing Union of Ireland has produced a list of frequently asked questions in relation to the Protocol for the safe re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland.

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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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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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Government guidance for businesses

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Government guidance for employees

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Business rates and support grants in England

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Business rates and support grants in Scotland

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Business rates and support grants in Wales

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Business rates and support grants in Northern Ireland

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Furlough commission payments and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Business support finder tool

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Support eligibility checker

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Financial support and grants (Wales)

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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 Scenarios for Accessing Government Support

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

This includes examples with club Professionals, coaches and tournament players.

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Partnership scenarios

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Limited company scenarios

This includes examples with club Professionals who operate a limited company, are salaried through the business or paid through a dividend.

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Multiple income sources scenarios

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The following scenarios relate to Members based in Ireland.

Sole Trader and Partnership scenarios

This includes examples with club Professionals, coaches tournament players.

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Limited Company scenarios

This includes examples with club Professionals who operate a limited company, are salaried through the business or paid through a dividend.

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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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Southern Branch – PGA in Ireland

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

Information for Employees and the Self-employed

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Supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

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Video message from Robert Maxfield, chief executive

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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

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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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Business Continuity voucher

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Business Rates Deferral

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Financial support measures for businesses in Ireland

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Temporary wage subsidy scheme

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

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Statement - further Clarification of golf in Ireland - May 15

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The PGA in Scotland

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

Getting your facilities fit for sport

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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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Golf now included in Government’s relaxing of lockdown restrictions

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Statement on the planned re-opening of golf in Scotland - May 21

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The PGA in England

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

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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The PGA in Wales

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

Leaving home to exercise guidance

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Return to work risk assessment

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Closure of Business and Premises Advice

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

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

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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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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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Video message from Robert Maxfield

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

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Guidance on the rules of golf

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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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An appeal to golfers from BIGGA and The R&A

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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 from the golf unions and sport's governing bodies

As the public health emergency escalates, the sport's governing bodies have been detailing their plans to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.

Scottish Golf Statement - May 18

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Wales Golf Statement - May 12

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Scottish Golf statement - May 11

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Scottish Golf statement - May 8

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Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses During COVID-19 Outbreak

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

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Scottish Golf Statement - March 25

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Golfing Union of Ireland Statement - March 24

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Wales Golf Statement - March 24

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England Golf Statement - March 23

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Scottish Golf Statement - March 23

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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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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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COVID-19 update - March 24

Read the latest statement from PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield.

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PGA Member Communication

View recent Member communications from The PGA.

Email update - May 11

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PGA Connect newsletter - May 6

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PGA Connect newsletter - April 30

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Email update - Planning for when golf re-opens - April 29

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PGA Connect newsletter - April 2

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Email update - March 27

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PGA Connect newsletter - March 25

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Email update - March 24

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Email update - March 20

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PGA Connect newsletter - March 18

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Email update - March 17

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Email update - March 12

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Get involved

Get involved with some stay at home campaigns from the world of golf.

#LockdownKnockdown

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#GolfAtHome

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Six steps to 'Knockdown the Lockdown'

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Archived guidance

Please be aware that some of this information and guidance may be out of date due to the updated guidelines from the government or golf's governing bodies.

Golf industry Guidelines to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Grass roots golf plays on offering fresh air and exercise

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Guidance on COVID-19 and coaching

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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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