The Boards of the ILGU and GUI made the recommendation for clubs to close immediately to provide clarity in how the sport should respond to the measures announced by the UK and Irish governments.

We have been in direct contact with the relevant Government authorities who have confirmed that the Unions’ decision to advise clubs to close was the correct one.

The GUI and ILGU recommend that all golf clubs, practice facilities and courses across the island close with immediate effect until April 19th 2020.

This is the last thing the Unions would ever have wanted to do, but at a time of global emergency, golf must show solidarity with those around us, in our towns, villages and communities across the island.

We also note that all sporting activity in Ireland has now ceased, and that all golf clubs in the vast majority of European countries and many other countries worldwide – have been asked to close over the last few days as a result of this crisis.