Colville Park Golf Club among several Scottish courses packed since return following coronavirus layoff

The reopening of most Scottish golf courses last Friday saw an army of players make their way to clubs, with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Golfers have returned to Colville Park Golf Club (pictured pre-lockdown) in their droves since play resumed at Scotland's clubs.

David MacFarlane, match secretary at Motherwell’s Colville Park Golf Club, said every tee time had been filled by members – playing in twoballs – on Friday and every day since.

“The booking system went live at 6pm on Thursday,” David said. “Within a minute, all 79 slots were booked.

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“So, to try and maximise play, we have reduced the tee off times from every 10 minutes to every nine minutes.

“And we have extended the tee times. Instead of starting at 8am we are now starting at 7.40am during the week and 7.15am at the weekends.

“And the last tee time is now 9pm – for people to play six or eight holes – instead of 7pm.”

In a bid to try and ensure as many of Colville Park’s 500+ members as possible can play, for now they can only book a maximum of three games within a week.

The easing of lockdown from last Friday also saw play returning at Scotland’s tennis, angling and bowling clubs.