After weeks of testing lockdown, Irish people are finally seeing a glimmer of hope with the announcement of a phased relaxing of the restrictions that were necessary to counteract the spread of Covid-19. The public response to our Government’s request to stay at home, to protect our elderly and not overburden our health service has been outstanding and it is heartening to see that, with the reins starting to loosen, a safe approach to getting back to “normal” is being adopted.
For example, our golf courses are set to re-open on Monday 18th May to members who live within a 5km radius. This is fantastic news for the individual businesses and their members who, without doubt have missed going out to play a few holes, especially in the glorious weather that we have been blessed with recently. It is important to note that public safety remains paramount at this time and the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union have published a “Protocol for the Re-introduction of Golf in the Republic of Ireland”. This will no doubt set minds at rest and allow people to relax and return to a much-loved pastime in a responsible way.
A recent article on the RTE website entitled “The surprising health and fitness benefits of golf” outlines the benefits of the sport. From the fresh air and beautiful surroundings to the possibility of burning an estimated 2,500 calories per round as well as strengthening arm, chest, core and glute muscles, a round of golf offers massive benefits to fitness and wellbeing. A membership at your local golf club is clearly money well spent.
The Boyne Valley golf courses have been maintained to the highest of standards over the last few weeks and the operators have been counting down the days to re-opening to their members. From the challenging parklands at Headfort, Royal Tara and County Meath Golf Club to the historic links courses at Laytown and Bettystown, and the world famous Baltray, all are looking forward to seeing some activity on their greens and fairways. Knightsbrook, (which along with the course at Headfort was the work of the late Christy O’Connor Jnr) and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Killeen Castle are both looking pristine. Julianstown and Bellewstown have been working hard behind the scenes and are excited to get back into the swing of things! When restrictions are further relaxed, keen golfers should schedule a visit to some of these top- class facilities. Why not check out the Boyne Valley Links Golf Special Package which includes 3 stunning courses in 1 great destination?
It is recommended that in advance of returning to play that members would contact the golf club regarding bookings and to check on any other safety requirements that the courses are implementing at this time. Contact details are available on the Golf page of discoverboynevalley.ie.