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Back in the swing ... but some players were a little rusty after four-month Covid ban

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Tee time: Golfers were very happy to be back on the green at Ormeau Golf Club as restrictions were lifted on Thursday

Tee time: Golfers were very happy to be back on the green at Ormeau Golf Club as restrictions were lifted on Thursday

Tee time: Golfers were very happy to be back on the green at Ormeau Golf Club as restrictions were lifted on Thursday

Tee time: Golfers were very happy to be back on the green at Ormeau Golf Club as restrictions were lifted on Thursday

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Tee time: Golfers were very happy to be back on the green at Ormeau Golf Club as restrictions were lifted on Thursday

Just over four months since they were last allowed to welcome members, golf courses flung their gates open again on Thursday as thousands took to the fairways once more.

Having shut down post-Christmas when Stormont increased lockdown restrictions to combat rising Covid-19 cases, a subsequent easing of those restrictions permitted golf to resume in Northern Ireland on Thursday and, while it wasn't a complete relaxation of the rules, that didn't stop tee times from being booked up days in advance.

While players were restricted to groups from only two households - meaning many were only allowed to play in pairs - and clubhouses remained closed, it was still a long-awaited day for many across the country as they dusted off clubs and took to the first tee once more.


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