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Competitions Update (6 July 2020)

Whilst the Thistle have not yet resumed Club competitions, members are now able to enter the Closed Links and Dykes Cup competitions which are to be played on the 11 July and 15 August 2020 respectively.  These are Golf House Club competitions which are open to members of both clubs.  The Captain, Jim Barrowman has emailed members regarding entering these competitions which is done through contacting the starter. 

The Thistle Committee is meeting on 11 July 2020 to discuss the timetable for resumption of Thistle club competitions.

COVID-19 Update (6 July 2020)

Scottish Golf has now published updated guidance for Phase 2 in the relaxtion of the COVID-19 lockdown measures by the Scottish Government.  

Playing golf in Scotland following updated Phase 2 Guidance 

The key changes to golf in Scotland under the updated Phase 2 Guidance are as follows: 

Tee Times and Access to the Course:

  • Tee-times should be managed and booked in advance – there should be no turn up and play allowed.

  • Daily timesheets and intervals are at the discretion of the golf club – the following groupings will be permitted during Phase 2:
    • Groups of up to three golfers with up to three households represented (subject to mixing with only two households in a day) provided they adhere to the Government’s physical distancing rules.

    • At the discretion of the club four-ball groups consisting of a maximum of three households are permitted so long as they adhere to the Government’s physical distancing rules.

    • Competition play (club only – no open events) may resume in accordance with the updated guidelines and schedule 1 as attached to the Phase 2 guidance document. Relaxation of the rules in relation to scoring (rule 3.3b) remain active in Scotland for Phase 2 only whilst clubhouse facilities remain closed. 

    From Friday, 3 July, travel restrictions are now lifted (with exception of Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Langholm and Canonbie, where 5-mile guidance remains in place).

    COVID-19 Update (29 May 2020)

    Scottish Golf has now published detailed guidance for the resumption of golf on 29th May 2020, following a proposed first phase in the relaxtion of the COVID-19 lockdown measures by the Scottish Government.  

    Playing golf following extension to exercise in Scotland

    The following groupings will be permitted to play Golf in Scotland:

    • Two Balls – may be from two households whilst maintaining physical distancing; and 
    • Groups up to 4 four players permitted at the discretion of the golf club (ensuring that only two households are represented in the group).

      Travel to the golf course from your home must be in line with Scottish Government guidelines – in Phase 1 local travel is noted as broadly 5 miles from home.

    Scottish Golf would like to highlight that the Scottish Government continues to monitor its response to the COVID-19 outbreak closely and have not ruled out the re-introduction of restrictions which could see golf paused again if these guidelines are not being followed. 

    The Golf House Club has issued the following guidance for members for the reopening of the course at Elie:

    • Players should only arrive at the first tee ten minutes before their time and leave the course immediately after completion of their game;
    • A queuing system will be in place for the first tee to ensure social distancing;
    • Players must follow all social distancing rules whilst walking over and playing on the course;
    • The course will remain closed until 8:30am each day to allow the greenstaff the ability to complete most of their essential cutting work in safety and relative isolation;
    • The clubhouse will remain closed (this also applies to the Thistle clubhouse);
    • The course restrictions that were in place immediately pre lockdown will remain. Bunkers will not have rakes, course furniture will be covered up or removed and players must not touch the pin; and 
    • Toilet facilities will be closed. 

    Tee booking: With us only allowing members to play in the initial phase of lockdown release, there should be no need for booking weeks in advance. With that in mind, times will only be available to members and will only be bookable from 8am one week in advance as per July & August rules. This will also allow us to closely monitor tee time utilisation day by day over the first few days. If it becomes apparent that we don’t have enough capacity to accommodate all players wishing to book, then a limit will be put on the number of games a player can have in the week to ensure no one misses out.

    View Scottish Golf's Guidance for the reopening of Phase 1.

    J N Smith and James Braid Open Competition Cancelled (15 May 2020) 

    Due to the ongoing restrictions on playing golf as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our Open Competition on 6 June 2020 has been cancelled.  For those who have already paid their entry fee for the competition you have the option to carry forward your payment to next year's Open or to request a refund. If you require a refund, please email with your address and the amount.

    Entry now open for J N Smith and James Braid Open Competition

    10 December 2019

    Entries will now be accepted for the J N Smith and James Braid Open Competition to be held on Saturday 6 June 2020.  The entry fee is £25.  Entries can be downloaded from the link below.

    Download Entry Form.