COURSES across Oxfordshire have reopened this morning for the first time in almost two months.

Following the government's easing of lockdown restrictions, the sport is one of those which can now operate.

There are a variety of restrictions in place to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Many clubs are only open to their members to begin with so they can cope with the demand, which has also seen several only take bookings for nine holes at a time.

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Paul Fitzgerald, president at Studley Wood, said: "We are full right up until about noon on Sunday, but we're hoping to allow rounds of 18 holes from next week.

"The course is immaculate."

Burford's captains Julie Talbot and David Bell hit the first tee shots at 7.30am.

Andrew Lawrence, the club's general manager, said: "We're up and running.

"The only problem with the whole of the industry going live at the same time is the IT systems have struggled, but we've been doing it with pen and paper."

The gap between times has been extended to spread golfers out, while anyone found in breach of the new rules at the Cotswolds Club could be banned for seven days.

Hinksey Heights director David Milne said: "We've had an amazing number of bookings, from members and visitors.

"There's obviously a lot of pent-up frustrations from the last couple of months not being able to play."

  • Oxford: Open to members only
  • North Oxford: Open to members only
  • Hinksey Heights: Open to members and visitors
  • Frilford Heath: Open to members only
  • Bicester: Open from May 15 (Friday)
  • Cotswolds Club: Open
  • Drayton Park: Open from May 14 (Thursday)
  • The Oxfordshire: Open
  • Burford: Open to members only
  • Studley Wood: Open to members only
  • Tadmarton Heath: Open to members only
  • Kirtlington: Open to members only from today, visitors allowed from Friday
  • Waterstock: Open from May 23