Knowsley’s historic Bowring Park Golf Course will re-open this Saturday (30 May) following its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The re-opening of the course gives residents the chance to once again enjoy recreational sport in a much-loved golf spot.
However, golfers are reminded of the strict social distancing measures in place and are told to prepare for changes to how the course is managed. Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Shelley Powell says: “We have taken steps to ensure this course can be re-opened safely. It provides another option for our residents when choosing what daily exercise to take. The safety of both customers and staff remain our top priority so we ask golfers to take note of the guidelines in place and work with us to maintain the safety of the course and all who use it.”
Bowring Park Golf Course will be open every day from 7.30am to 5pm. All golfers will be directed from the car park to the golf reception in the Stable Building.
Also from Saturday, green fee’s will be increased to support the running costs as well as repairs needed to the course caused by trespassers whilst it was temporarily closed during lockdown. The new rates are £16 off peak (weekdays), £18 for peak (weekends and bank holidays), £12 concessionary rate (under 18’s and over 60s off peak), £360 for a limited season ticket and £470 for a full season ticket.
Guidelines for golfers using the re-opened Bowring Park Golf Course
- Players with any symptoms of COVID-19 MUST NOT attend the course. These are: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
- Online services bookings will be given priority; this can be booked online at www.golfnow.co.uk and search for Bowring Park. Alternatively, to enquire about making a booking call: 0151 477 8606
Some new rules and guidelines have had to be implemented to open the course, these are:
Prior to game of golf
- Payments to be made online or using contactless means prior to the game;
- Government guidance is to be followed at all times; household members are only allowed in close proximity to each other and up to four ball play (four players maximum) is permitted for people from different houses who will socially distance during the round of golf are allowed;
- Shotgun starts with people congregating before and after will not be allowed;
- Bookings are for a maximum four ball games;
- Clear floor markings have been set out ensuring social distancing is observed when entering the golf reception;
- Hand sanitisers are installed at the entrance/exit points;
- Only two persons allowed in reception area at any one time maintaining social distancing;
- Give right of way to golfers leaving the course through reception after their game;
- Advised to use an electronic score marking app – these are easily downloaded on phone;
- Toilet facilities will be closed; and
- If groups book in two balls but then join up during their round, they will be approached from a safe distance and asked to follow Government guidance or leave the course.
- Social distancing (2 metres rule) in place on the grounds, greens and throughout the rounds;
- Flags will remain in the hole and never removed; measures have been taken to stop the ball from falling into the hole completely;
- Golfers will be required to carefully remove their golf ball from the hole, not with a golf club;
- No rakes and any other pieces of course furniture will be available to prevent golfers touching surfaces, the greenkeepers will prepare the course, and where possible, re-rake bunkers during the day;
- No divot bags will be provided;
- Golfers should only pick their own ball up;
- Golfers will be advised not to share any equipment, such as golf clubs or rangefinders; and
- Golfers will be advised not to shake hands before or after your game.
After the game
- Golfers will be requested to leave the course in an orderly way and place any rubbish or unwanted score cards in a bin provided.