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Golf club in Inverness takes course of action against rule breakers

By Will Clark

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A golf club in Inverness is threatening to report golfers to the police who play on its course while government restrictions are in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kings Golf Club have spotted a number of people playing on its course. Picture: Callum Mackay
Kings Golf Club have spotted a number of people playing on its course. Picture: Callum Mackay

Kings Golf Club have received reports people have been playing on its fairways during lockdown despite rules saying they are not allowed to do so.

It comes after several people were seen playing at the course on Sunday resulting in the club issuing the warning.

Secretary Graham Ramsay says they can’t allow people to break the rules by playing on the golf course.

“Everyone is wanting to get on the course as quickly as they possibly can,” he said.

“But the government guidelines makes this impossible. We want to respect that, but there are still a few who don’t want to stick to the guidelines.

“There have been people using the practise area
which is quite a well-hidden area so there is not people around it.

“But people know the rules whether they are club members or members of the public.”

However, Ramsay clarified that people are still welcome to walk through the course on the paths that are available.

“We get a lot of walkers on the course through the day, and that is absolutely fine as there are public paths running through the course.

“We are happy for folk to walk around the course and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had.”

Ramsay says despite
Kings Golf Club having to furlough staff and apply for financial assistance, they are confident they can get up and running again once government restrictions are lifted.

However, he admitted like all businesses, it will be a difficult time for them too in the next few months.

“Its been hard, we issued our subscriptions at the end of February and are due at the end of April,” he said

“There are members concerned that they can’t afford it or haven’t got a product to play which is understandable. But we are encouraging our members to support the club and pay fees.

“Hopefully golf will start in a short period of time. But it is difficult to say when we are going to be up and running again. Finances are secure, but we’re watching what comes in and goes out, hopefully by the end of the crisis we will be fighting fit and raring to go.”

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