Need to Know: Fourballs return to Wales, golf resumes in Ireland and Golf Ireland launch new app

We bring you the latest news from Government, the legislation you need to know, and what’s going on in the wider GCMA world… This week: Wales continue the process of easing lockdown in the country; Golf Ireland App introduces flexible playing options FOURBALLS RETURN TO WALES AS COVID LOCKDOWN EASING CONTINUES Three and fourball golf can return across Wales from Saturday, April 24. Wales Golf said this comes "two days earlier than previously scheduled as regulations change to allow any 6 people to meet outdoors." Outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday, April 26 and, on Friday, first minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce a further easing of lockdown measures in the country. Wales Golf have updated their guidance on Foursomes & Greensomes Competitions during Covid-19. You can view the guidance here. Golf in the Republic of Ireland to reopen from April 26th Golf will be one of the first sports to resume for mass participation in the Republic of Ireland from Monday 26 April. As well as creating a 'Return to Golf' protocol for clubs, Golf Ireland has also welcomed the easing of travel restrictions. Welcoming the news that the vast majority of golfers should be able to play at their clubs from April 26th, the governing body commented "Golf Ireland has also raised the potential impact of continuing travel restrictions on golf clubs, particularly on those located close to county boundaries and we welcome the confirmation this evening that the extension of travel restrictions next month to county-wide or 20kms.  Golf Ireland have issued updated reopening guidance, which you can view here. GOLF IRELAND APP LAUNCHED Golfers across the island of Ireland can now pre-register and enter scores from general play rounds at a rated course via the Golf Ireland App. The App is available to all members of affiliated golf clubs who hold a WHS Handicap Index and "allows golfers to enjoy the flexibility of recording scores for handicap purpose from either 9-hole or 18-hole social rounds". Golfers can also view their handicap index and playing record as well as follow and communicate with friends. Mark Kennelly, Chief Executive of Golf Ireland said: “Golf Ireland is committed to ensuring that golf is accessible, modern and forward looking. "Following the launch of the new World Handicap System in November last year, the Golf Ireland App will support the golfing community to get the most out of the game. The App is simple to use and will allow scores to be easily added to a player’s record from general play rounds at any rated course on the Golf Ireland platform making it possible to build a more complete and accurate record of a golfer’s actual playing ability.” For more on the app, visit Golf Ireland's website. Do you subscribe to the GCMA's weekly E-newsletter? Make sure you're not missing out on the latest in the world of golf club management. Click here to join in.
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