Batalha Golf Course, São Miguel, Azores. Photography by Peter Corden

After weeks of being in lockdown and a State of Emergency, Portugal is taking gradual steps to ease out of confinement. Thanks to the nature of golf as an outdoor pursuit for low numbers of people, golf courses are among the first sports facilities to reopen.

But that doesn’t mean things are back to normal just yet. If you intend to play golf in Portugal, there are certain restrictions and guidelines you need to be aware of.

The Portuguese Golf Federation has issued a handy pamphlet which clearly explains what you can and can’t do on golf courses in Portugal as at the beginning of May 2020.

All of the measures are aimed at reducing the contact between players, respecting the 2-metre social distancing rules and not sharing balls or equipment.

You’ll need to resist the urge to touch flagsticks or exchange scorecards with other players.

See the full, illustrated Federation guidelines.

The Algarve Tourist Association has also guaranteed that all 40+ golf courses in the Algarve are reopening in full compliance with the rigorous hygiene measures set out by the Portuguese Health Authority (DGS) to ensure the safety of their staff and golfers.

For all my articles about golf in Portugal, delve into these archives.


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