Scottish Golf today revealed that no date has been set for the sport in this country to restart and stressed that lockdown restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

The amateur game's governing body has been in talks with the government during the coronavirus pandemic about the planned procedures for golf to restart.

It has been widely suggested that family groups or golfers playing alone may be allowed to take to the fairways again imminently despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, Scottish Golf moved to quell growing speculation about when that might be this afternoon when they released a statement stressing that no date had been agreed.

It read: "Nothing has been finalised regarding a date, or any details of potential phasing with government. The clear public health message is to stay home and save lives. This responsibility sits with each of us and golf is no exception."

Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing Joe Fitzpatrick, said: “I recognise the importance of golf to many across the country, and the eagerness to return to the course as soon as possible.

"However, that can only happen once it is safe to do so – and the focus at present must be the continuation of measures to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

"The Scottish government and sportscotland are working closely with Scottish Golf to ensure the right preparation and risk assessment is undertaken to allow golf to return at the appropriate time.”

Scottish Golf chief operating officer Karin Sharp said: “It has been disappointing to hear that some golf clubs in Scotland have communicated to members their intent to re-open their golf course ahead of restrictions being lifted.

"We urge all member clubs to continue to follow the Scottish government advice, that continues to have the best interest of the public at heart.

"Golf is a sport where integrity and rules sit at the very heart of the game and we ask all golfers to respect the position of Scottish government and show patience at a time when the virus continues to have a devastating impact on society.

"I appreciate the frustrations and desire to play golf as soon as possible, but I urge you to continue following government guidelines and save lives".