YOUNG golfers will be allowed back on courses accompanied by an adult from next Monday.
Golf clubs will also be permitted to allow four-balls, at 14-minute intervals, and competition golf as part of Phase 2 of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The Golf Union of Ireland today released details of the new rules which commence from June 8.
Golf protocol, in Phase 2, has been relaxed slightly and all clubs have been issued guidance on running closed competitions though the task of administration, performed by volunteer committee members, could be more labour intensive in the current circumstances.
The GUI explained: "Golfers must be mindful, as a result, that additional time is likely to be required to finalise results and update handicaps.
"Outdoor group activities can also resume during this phase and the process of reintroducing junior activity to golf clubs is included in the updated Protocol.
"The Protocol sets out the basis on which golf can be played in a safe manner, during Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap. Golfers are expected to observe the underlying public health guidance, including travel restrictions, set out at: www.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and www.gov.ie.
"These rules are subject to change and golfers are asked to check www.golfnet.ie regularly for updates.
"As we enter Phase 2 of the phased re-introduction of golf, there remains a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential.
"Golf is in the very privileged position to have been allowed to resume at this stage and this return has been based on the sport being able to demonstrate to government that it can take place in a safe, socially distant manner.
"The ongoing Covid-19 public health emergency remains our primary concern and overriding priority. The Unions acknowledge the tremendous efforts of all frontline workers which has allowed golf and society in general to consider this gradual return to normal life."