Golf courses will be allowed to make their own decision on whether to close their facilities on the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The ceremony will take place from 11 am on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey and the day has previously been declared a Bank Holiday.
However, as per Government guidance, there will be no formal obligation for the United Kingdom’s golf clubs and facilities to close or cancel fixtures or events.
In a statement on Tuesday, England Golf said: “We invite clubs and counties to mark Monday’s solemn occasion in a respectful and appropriate manner. It is for each club and county to use their discretion and choose how to do this.”
Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire (above), home to England’s National Golf Centre, will close all offices, both courses, and all facilities for the full 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 in state at Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday until the day of her state funeral. Thousands of people queued overnight in Edinburgh on Monday for the opportunity to file past the Queen’s coffin as it lay at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral.
“At this time our thoughts remain with King Charles III and the Royal Family during a period of national mourning,” England Golf’s statement continued.
“Ahead of Monday’s funeral, our Captains’ event at Fulford Golf Club on Thursday, the English Women’s County Finals at Stoneham Golf Club from Friday through until Sunday and the English Champion Club at Lilley Brook Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday will all go ahead as planned.
“Similar to our championship events held at Woodhall Spa over the weekend, each occasion will be marked with a minute’s silence prior to the presentation ceremonies and flags will fly at half-mast in honor of our late patron.”
The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth was suspended following news of the Queen’s passing on Thursday evening. Friday’s play was canceled with the event resuming on Saturday. Players and spectators wore black ribbons and observed a two-minute silence around the course, flags flew at half-mast and planned entertainment was canceled as a mark of respect.
A host of courses have already announced their plans to close on the day of the funeral with many more expected to follow suit.
Today’s Golfer has contacted Golf Scotland, Wales Golf and Golf Ireland for confirmation of their policies for Monday.
If you have rounds of golf, fixtures, or golf breaks booked for September 19, then contact the relevant club to find out if they will remain open.
Further guidance for sporting events during the official period of mourning can be found on the official Government website.
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