Kenilworth Golf Club reopens after the longest closure in its 131-year history

The easing of Government restrictions on lockdown meant that the club's seven-week closure due to Covid-19 is now over

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 9:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 9:26 am
New Kenilworth mayor Cllr Richard Dickson (middle) with ladies captain Jan Baines and club captain Mark Draper.

It has been the longest time Kenilworth Golf Club has been closed in its 131-year history - but last Wednesday (May 13) it reopened for play, much to the delight of its members.

The easing of Government restrictions on lockdown meant that the club's seven-week closure due to Covid-19 is now over, and this was cause for much celebration by the members, who returned to the fairways in large numbers.

However, this is golf in line with strict Government guidelines, with no clubhouse open and golfers only being allowed to play in pairs – and maintaining full social-distance at all times.

New Kenilworth mayor Cllr Richard Dickson (middle) with ladies captain Jan Baines and club captain Mark Draper.

Captain Mark Draper said: "Although we hoped for the situation to ease soon, we were only given 48 hours notice to have the course reopened, and it is a great credit to the volunteers and club staff that we were able to manage it in such a short time – it was hard work!"

Mark and his fellow captain Jan Baines, along with the volunteers, were some of the first to take to the course when it reopened at 8am and they found the course in excellent condition.

Jan said: "it is great to see the course in such good condition and have it back in play – we are thrilled to welcome all our members back and see them out there playing again."