Walkers urged to avoid ‘dangerous’ golf courses

Walkers urged to avoid ‘dangerous’ golf courses

by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

AS golfers continue to make the most of the reopening of Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links, the council is warning local walkers not to use them for exercise as it could be dangerous.

There have been over 2,000 rounds played in Bootle since it re-opened on Wednesday, May 20 following lockdown, and Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team is now worried that those still using it for daily walks could be struck by golf balls.

During lockdown, many used the golf courses for their one hour of daily exercise, but they now face the hazard of being hit by a stray balls.

Mark Shaw Green Sefton Service Manager said: “We knew golfers were itching to get out on our popular courses at Bootle and Southport. We are delighted to welcome so many of them back and to be loosening the restrictions they face when they come.

“However, we want to remind those people who quite legitimately used Bootle Golf Course as a place to take their daily exercise sessions under lockdown, that they now risk putting themselves in harm’s way with the danger of being struck by golf balls. This also applies to those people who have taken the suspension of play as an opportunity to fish, unofficially, in our water hazards.” The Green Sefton team is putting up signs at Bootle Golf Course to remind and warn non-golfers of the hazards, including a public footpath that crosses the 8th and 11th fairways.

Since Green Sefton announced it had re-opened Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links in May, with fees held at 2019/20 levels, business has been brisk. From this week, players have been able to play in fours, rather than just in pairs or on their own and from Monday, June 15, snacks and drinks are available. Other restrictions to ensure players’ and employees’ safety remain in place.

People wanting to play need to book a tee slot, by telephoning Bootle Golf Course on 0151 928 1371 or Southport Links on 01704 535286. Slots are available every ten minutes from 9am to 7pm. More information including details of the current restrictions is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/golf.

Sefton Council’s £500,000 plans to improve golf in the borough through the development of driving ranges at Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links, remain in the pipeline although have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Featuring dedicated coaching bays, plans for the new, floodlit facilities were developed after a consultation with local residents and golfers who highlighted the importance of new practice facilities and investment in course infrastructure.

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