Picture gallery: Golfers were back on the fairways today at Mahon, Douglas and Cork Golf Club

Picture gallery: Golfers were back on the fairways today at Mahon, Douglas and Cork Golf Club
Tom Wilkinson, former Neptune and Irish international basketball player, drives off at the first with Sean Downey, and Jamie Wilkinson, in Mahon. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

GOLF courses in Cork and around the country re-opened on Monday morning as the first phase in the easing of government restrictions around Covid-19 began. Peter Hickey, Cork Golf Club Pro, and Noel Elliot, Cork Golf Club bar manager. Picture: Jim Coughlan.Jim O'Donovan and Tony Kelly at Mahon course today. Picture: Eddie O'HareClub members James Doolan, Bart Cremin and Ger Donovan who tee'd off at 8am during a round of golf at Douglas Golf Club on Monday morning. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Peter Hickey, Cork Golf Club Pro, and Noel Elliot, Cork Golf Club bar manager. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Peter Hickey, Cork Golf Club Pro, and Noel Elliot, Cork Golf Club bar manager. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Jim O'Donovan and Tony Kelly at Mahon course today. Picture: Eddie O'HareClub members James Doolan, Bart Cremin and Ger Donovan who tee'd off at 8am during a round of golf at Douglas Golf Club on Monday morning. Picture: Eóin Noonan/SportsfileKevin Flanagan at the Ted McCarthy municipal golf course. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

There are strict protocols in place in the interest of safety, while non-essential travel is limited to 5km, which technically means only club members within that distance are allowed to take to the fairways and greens. Club bars remain shut, while golfers are advised to leave once they've finished their rounds, with fewer tee-times available.  Rob Lucey, Alan and Adam Harrington on the 15th tee at Cork Golf Club. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Rob Lucey, Alan and Adam Harrington on the 15th tee at Cork Golf Club. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Rob Lucey, Alan and Adam Harrington on the 15th tee at Cork Golf Club. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Douglas Golf Club general manager John McHenry at today's re-opening. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Liam Ó Huigín and Conor O'Brien in Mahon for golf's return. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Liam Ó Huigín and Conor O'Brien in Mahon for golf's return. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Liam Ó Huigín and Conor O'Brien in Mahon for golf's return. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

In recent days  Fota Island Golf Club were prepped for its re-opening. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Our photographers captured the action at Cork Golf Club, Mahon and Douglas, scenes which were replicated throughout Rebel county. One casualty of the economic downturn since the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe however is Water Rock Golf Course outside Midleton. 

The Healy family recently announced they wouldn't in a position to re-open the popular course which was established in 1994. 

Liam Murphy, Willie Weir and Sean O'Breasail, all Cork Golf Club, after their round. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Liam Murphy, Willie Weir and Sean O'Breasail, all Cork Golf Club, after their round. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Pat and Carmel O'Hara, on the first tee at Cork Golf Club, Little Island. Picture: Jim Coughlan.Sisters Trish O'Donovan and Eimear Nation at the Ted McCarthy municipal golf course in Mahon. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Tennis clubs are also allowed to return now, while athletics clubs can train putdoors in groups of four or less while observing social distancing.

Ronan Troy, a volunteer with Shankill Tennis Club, prepared the courts ahead of its re-opening. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Ronan Troy, a volunteer with Shankill Tennis Club, prepared the courts ahead of its re-opening. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

However, Cork's most famous athletics club, Leevale, doesn't have access to facilities at CIT or the Mardyke for now, while their indoor High-Performance Centre remains closed.

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