One of Pembrokeshire's best golfers has welcomed the prospect of clubs reopening - but said new guidelines need to be made clear.

Sport Pembrokeshire's Alan Jones, a three time winner of the Dyfed Championships, added he hoped the development could help some 'retired' golfers make a return to the game.

He was reacting to the statement from Wales Golf this week which said: "Following recent Welsh Government announcements and the revision of certain Covid-19 related restrictions golf clubs are permitted to open if they so wish.

"It is entirely at each golf club’s discretion as to whether they choose to open."

However, the authority also advised that no club should reopen without the correct provisions in place.

Indeed, South Pembrokeshire Golf Club will be back open next Monday while Trefloyne has informed members it will reopen this coming Saturday, May 16th. Strict new rules around tee off times, equipment, and course etiquette are being enforced.

"For golf clubs, the new guidelines are great news," said Jones.

"I’m sure the regular golfers of the county are looking forward to dusting off their clubs and getting back on the course for some fresh air and exercise. 

"It’s well known that golf membership has been in decline for quite a while. I would like to think that there are lots of former golfers out there who would be looking to make a return to the game - so there could be come good news from this." 

However, there has been some confusion given that clubs are also being expected to adhere to Welsh Government guidelines on exercise - which currently prevent people 'travelling a significant distance' from their home to exercise.

"I did wonder myself how it would work for people who, for example, live in Pembroke but are members at Tenby – would they be allowed to travel? It’s not exactly clear," added Jones.

The Wales Golf Guidance document for playing under Covid-19 restrictions is available here.