Will golf courses close for the Queen’s funeral?
Golf courses will be able to decide for themselves whether or not to close their facilities on the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey and the day was once declared a public holiday.
However, in line with government guidelines, there will be no formal obligation for golf clubs and facilities in the UK to close or cancel fixtures or events.
In a statement Tuesday, England Golf said: “We urge clubs and counties to mark Monday’s solemn occasion in a respectful and appropriate manner. It is up to each club and county to use their discretion and choose how to do this.
Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire (above), home of England’s National Golf Centre, will close all offices, both courses and all facilities for the day before reopening on Tuesday September 20
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The Queen’s coffin will be moved to London today (September 13) and will lie undisturbed in Westminster Hall from 5pm Wednesday until the day of her state funeral. Thousands of people lined up overnight in Edinburgh on Monday for the chance to parade past the Queen’s coffin as it lay in repose in St. Giles Cathedral.
“At this time our thoughts are with King Charles III and the Royal Family during a time of national mourning,” the England Golf statement continued.
“Before Monday’s funeral, our captains event at Fulford Golf Club on Thursday, the English Women’s County Finals at Stoneham Golf Club from Friday to Sunday and the English Champion Club at Lilley Brook Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday will all go ahead as intended.
“Similar to our Championship events held at Woodhall Spa over the weekend, each occasion will be marked by a minute’s silence before the presentation ceremonies and flags will be flown at half mast in honor of our late boss.”
Scottish Golf has also confirmed that it will be up to individual clubs to decide their status.
‘There is no guidance from Scottish Golf regarding the closure of the courses on the date of the Queen’s funeral,’ they told TG.
“As our affiliated golf clubs are stand-alone entities, it is up to each club to decide if they will be open for play. We are aware that some clubs have already communicated their intention to close next Monday the 19th.
“With regard to the Scottish Mixed Championship at Gullane this Friday the 16th, this event will go ahead as planned, with a minute’s silence to be observed in memory of the Queen.”
Wales Golf, which will close on Monday, said it would also follow Welsh Government procedure.
“It was a great honor for the Welsh Golfing Union, now Golf Union of Wales, to be granted Royal Patronage in 1935,” they wrote in a statement. “We continue to keep His Majesty the King and the entire Royal Family in our thoughts at this time of mourning.
“Following the procedure of the Welsh Government, Wales Golf has informed clubs that there is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting events and fixtures, or to close entertainment venues during the period of national mourning. This is at the discretion of individual organizations.
However, although clubs can remain open, they have been advised to try to limit meetings or training to times outside the funeral itself (11am-1.30pm), but this is at the discretion of each club.
All major golf unions in the UK have also agreed to publish only factual information, such as the outcome of events taking place throughout the period of public mourning, on social media, without any promotional or commercial activity. .
The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has been suspended following news of the Queen’s death on Thursday evening. Friday’s game was canceled and the event resumed on Saturday. Players and spectators wore black ribbons and observed a two-minute silence around the course, flags flew at half mast and scheduled entertainment was canceled as a mark of respect.
A host of courses have already announced plans to close on the day of the funeral and many more are expected to follow suit.
Today’s golfer Golf has also contacted Wales Golf and Golf Ireland to confirm their policies for Monday.
If you have golf rounds, meetups, or golf vacations booked for September 19, contact the club to find out if it will remain open.
Additional guidance for sporting events during the official bereavement period can be found on the official government website.
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