Golf clubs in Ireland have been told that they must close their golf courses from midnight tonight, as part of level 5 COVID-19 restrictions.

It's another sad day for golfers unfortunately...

It has just been announced today that golf courses in Ireland must close for SIX weeks from midnight tonight (Wednesday, October 21) due to intensified COVID-19 restrictions.

A statement issued by the Golfing Union of Ireland and Irish Ladies Golf Union read:

"Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new level 5 restrictions.​

"Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under level 5. We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities. We will update clubs on this as soon as possible."

Understandably, many were quick to take to Twitter to express their distress at the decision.

This latest development comes just days after it was declared that golf courses in Wales must close from Friday, October 23 for two and a half weeks.

Meanwhile, bars in clubhouses in Tier 3 areas of England have been asked to close, but so far all golf courses remain open in England and Scotland as the pandemic develops.

For more updates about restrictions in Ireland visit www.golfnet.ie.