Saturday, March 21

Golfworld: Golf Continues at St. Andrews as Pubs Close Doors Due to Coronavirus

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WHILE THE UK BATTLES COVID-19, the Old Course at St. Andrews remains open to golfers. It's a small slice of normalcy during these surreal days of a global pandemic and what might be the term of the year: "social distancing."

In these difficult times, there remains a soothing constant in the golf world: The Old Course at St. Andrews is open for play. 
That doesn't mean everything is normal at the Home of Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews sent an email to its membership on Saturday morning with the announcement that the club was immediately closing its dining room and drink service, while the locker room would remain open until Wednesday evening, after which it would be closed....
According to data kept by Johns Hopkins University, as of Friday, the UK reported 3,297 cases of the coronavirus, with 168 deaths. The total cases are reportedly the sixth highest for COVID-19 in Europe, behind Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland.
About half of UK courses are closed, according to Leonard.

The seven courses operated by St. Andrews Golf Links are among the other half that are still open for play (at the moment).

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