talkSPORT host Darren Gough is utterly baffled by the government’s decision to ban golf during the second national coronavirus lockdown which begins on Thursday.
Golfers all over the country will have to put the clubs away for a month due to the new restrictions, despite an overwhelming feeling that the sport is safe to continue.
Indeed, a petition calling for golf courses to be exempt from the list of venues required to close when the new lockdown starts has passed 250,000 signatures.
With new rules brought in to ensure golf is totally COVID-safe, including pins being left in and rakes being removed from bunkers, it’s entirely possible to play a round without touching anything besides your own equipment, or going within two metres of another person.
Many people, especially the elderly, rely on golf to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and the mental health benefits are also huge.
While lockdown measures are, for the most part, tough but necessary, many believe closing golf courses doesn’t really serve any purpose at all, and instead merely denies the public access to a safe and healthy activity.
And this is why Goughie, the England cricket legend, struggles to understand closing the courses.
“I’m absolutely at a loss to understand it,” he said on Drivetime. “I signed the petition three days ago.
“The prime minister wants to encourage physical activity during lockdown.
“For some reason, he has closed the golf courses. Golf provides exercise while respecting social distancing.
“You don’t touch the pins, there’s sanitiser everywhere, you don’t see anyone…
“It’s absolutely ridiculous!
“I can go to the golf club, but I can’t have golf clubs on my back and play a few shots?
“It’s mad, ain’t it? I’m going to go to the golf club tomorrow and walk from one to 18.
“But if I go back on Thursday and bring my golf clubs, that’s it, I can’t do it – on my own!”