The Golf Club Managers’ Association was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family during this difficult time.
We understand that this is also a difficult time for golf clubs, and there will be no ‘correct’ course of action during this period of uncertainty.
However, in conjunction with England Golf, we have issued the following guidance:
As a Patron of England Golf, we know Her Majesty’s loss will be felt deeply throughout the golfing community and that many counties, clubs and members will have questions about how best to approach this time.
As per the government’s guidance that has been published today, there is no formal obligation for organisations/clubs to cancel or postpone sporting fixtures or events. Instead, it is at the discretion of individual organisations and clubs to consider how they should proceed during the mourning period.
England Golf will continue to host planned championships over the weekend, which will include a mark of respect in the form of a minute’s silence to be held during presentations over the weekend.
Both the Union Jack and St George’s flag have been lowered to half-mast at The National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa. We invite clubs and counties across the country to show a mark of respect as and how they deem appropriate.
Regarding communications, we have posted an official message of condolence on our social media channels, and we will communicate further updates once we have more detail of funeral arrangements.
Further guidance for sporting events in the official period of mourning can be found on the DCMS pages of GOV.UK.