Don’t touch the flags! Golfers find a fairway to beat coronavirus handicap

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How best to exercise with these tricky 1.5m social distancing ground rules in play? It’s more complicated than the offside rule.

A ping pong table is 2.74 metres long so that would seem okay but no doubles allowed. The NRL is on ice while that other contact sport, attempting to purchase toilet rolls at Woolies, seems to enjoy a small but dedicated following.

From a distance: Rosie Millington (in white) with golf partner Marg Novaro practicing putting at Mona Vale Golf Club.

From a distance: Rosie Millington (in white) with golf partner Marg Novaro practicing putting at Mona Vale Golf Club.Credit:James Brickwood.

Sydney golfers, however, have risen to the challenge. While the sport’s governing body Golf Australia seems to have some misgivings, the NSW government advises golf can continue in line with ‘public health orders relating to public gathering limits, social distancing, and the elderly’.

The historic Mona Vale course (sea views and breezes guaranteed) has done everything to comply with the guidelines. Only pairs, not foursomes, to tee off together – well separated from those behind. Only one to a golf cart, no rakes in the bunkers and no need to touc

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