A group of golfers were fined £200 each for playing golf on a closed course near Liverpool during lockdown.

Golfers have been fined for ignoring lockdown rules and teeing it up for a game at Bowring Park Golf Course, Huyton, Merseyside, despite courses cross the country being closed since January.

The five men, all reported to be in their 20s and 30s, were caught playing on a Sunday afternoon earlier this month.

Police said they were were each issued with £200 fixed penalty notices for breaching Covid regulations.

That's £1000 for a round of illegal golf...

Fined for breaching restrictions

Local Councillor Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, told the Liverpool Echo she was “astounded” at their decision.

She said: “The rules can’t be clearer – stay at home unless it is for essential purposes such as to attend work or school.

“Bowring Park Golf course is closed in order to adhere to the current lockdown rules, so not only have the five golfers broken lockdown rules, they are also trespassing on the course.

“I’m astounded that at the current time, when our Covid rates remain high, that people think they can break the rules and get away with it.

“Hopefully this gives out a clear warning that the rules are there to be followed and action will be taken against those breaking them.”

The latest reports suggest that golf will reopen by the end of March. We may know more when the Prime Minister reveals his roadmap out of lockdown on February 22.