The relaxing of some British lockdown rules is a tricky matter for golfers at one club whose course straddles England and Wales.
Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s gradual easing of restrictions announced this week, golfers in England can look forward to teeing off on Wednesday (UK time) but the devolved Welsh government hasn’t given the sport the go-ahead.
And for golfers at Llanymynech – on the border of England and Wales – it is proving a complex issue, reports the Telegraph.
Fifteen holes are in Wales and two in England. On the fourth hole, players hit their first shot in Wales and putt out on a green in England.
The club has been proud of its dual nationality and boasts on its website: “Drive in Wales – Putt in England. Europe’s only dual country golf course.”
Llanymynech Golf Club has now tried to end the confusion by saying their club will reopen on Wednesday under measures approved for England.
These state that from Wednesday recreational activities, including golf, will be permitted as long as social-distancing guidelines are followed.
The club released a statement expressing disappointment at “conflicting guidelines that hinder practical compliance by all of the public within the border areas”.
It adds that, like many golf clubs around the UK, closure has put them in a precarious financial position.
Llanymynech is famous not only for its dual country status but also as the course where former US Masters champion and world number one Ian Woosnam learnt to play the game.
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