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Golf starts to reopen in Ireland, with many COVID-19 restrictions still in place (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Club members in Ireland were able to play golf again Monday as the Republic began to ease COVID-19 restrictions that have shuttered courses for more than 200 days in the past year.

This follows in the wake of Ireland’s neighbors reopening golf in recent weeks. England reopened the sport March 29, and Northern Ireland resumed golf April 1. The sport is also open in Scotland and Wales.

But the game isn’t open to everyone in Ireland, home to many of the best links golf courses in the world. In this first phase of reopening, players must be registered members of the club at which they are playing. General daily-fee tee times are not yet available, and golf tourism is still shut down.

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