English golfers get the go-ahead to play on Welsh border course

Golfers from both sides of the English Welsh border were tee-ing off at Llanymynech Golf Club today after confusion over lockdown restrictions were ironed out.

Chris Jones and Keri Braughall who were able to return to Llanymynech Golf Club a fortnight again as they live in Wales
Chris Jones and Keri Braughall who were able to return to Llanymynech Golf Club a fortnight again as they live in Wales

The Golf Club near Oswestry is in Wales - although the road to it runs from neighbouring Pant in Shropshire.

Although England lifted restrictions yesterday to allow outdoor sports there was still a worry about people from England crossing the border.

Over the weekend the club was unable to get a definitive answer to whether its English members could join Welsh players who have been able to get onto the greens for the last fortnight.

But chairman Stuart Jones said a message from the Welsh Government last night had given the club reassurance that its English members would not be fined for playing on the course.

"Steffan Roberts, the Welsh Government Director for Sport, contacted club officials to say that all members of Llanymynech Golf Club, whether residing in England or Wales can cross the border for the purposes of sport as a reasonable excuse under the Welsh Guidelines," he said.

Llanymynech has 15 holes in Wales and three in England.

Mr Jones said; "We were told on Saturday night by Powys County Council that if any English members crossed the border we could be fined as a club and members could be fined," he said.

"We sent emails out everywhere but we couldn't get an answer from anyone."

A relieved Mr Jones said: "We just want to get back to normal we have English and Welsh members and we have a good camaraderie between us all. We want get back to seeing our friends again, playing golf safely and getting some money in for the club."

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