GOLF is one of few sports still being played during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The district's clubs are continuing to welcome members and visitors, although they must adhere to strict regulations, in accordance with guidance from governing body, the R&A. 

At Prudhoe Golf Club, the course remains open, along with the locker room and downstairs toilet facilities, although the lounge bar and kitchen is closed.

A statement on the club's website said players must adopt social distancing. There is no contact with the flagstick, while bunkers are out of play to avoid contact with rakes. 

Similar restrictions are set to be imposed at Hexham Golf Club, with players advised to keep a distance of two metres between themselves and playing partners at all times. The clubhouse will be available, but with reduced opening hours.  

In an email to members, Hexham Golf Club chairman Roger Tirrell said all social functions would be suspended, while regular events, such as the season opening drive-in for captains, would not take place. 

Mr Tirrell said: "We all need to work together to ensure that Hexham GC, all its members and staff come through what is a difficult period in the best possible health. "We have therefore made a number of decisions with regard to club operations for the foreseeable future.

"We hope that you appreciate the need for us to take these decisions and that we can rely on your support during these most worrying of times.

"We have and will continue to monitor advice from relevant industry bodies and official guidelines from government and we will keep you advised and informed of any further changes that may be necessary."

While club golfers can still venture onto the fairways, major tournaments for elite players have been called off to avoid mass gatherings of spectators.