Access to sporting facilities

The First Minister (28 May) announced changes to the restrictions surrounding daily exercise. Members of the same household or individuals can now take part in some outdoor sporting activities including golf, tennis and bowls. 

In East Lothian, the return of these activities will rely on a number of measures to be put in place in order for people to participate safely. Many of the activities rely on volunteers to allow access to outdoor facilities. It is therefore likely that individual facilities will open at different times and have restrictions in place.

We will update this page with information on individual facilities as soon as we receive them. We would encourage you to make sure you are aware of the restrictions before trying to access any club and to follow the Government, health and relevant sporting body's guidance at all times for the safey of yourself and others.

Reopening recreational parks

  • public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and there is a responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus
  • the implementation and restrictions eased in Phase 2 is not a return to sport but a further extension of exercise guidelines to allow access to more outdoor areas for recreational purposes
  • engaging in activity is important for supporting physical health, mental health and wellbeing
  • the Scottish Government route map in Phase 2 allows for play areas, sports courts and professional sport to return with restrictions in place
  • in an East Lothian context, none of the Local Authority sports facilities are used for professional sport purposes
  • there will be access allowed to informal spaces that are used for recreational activity - this includes play areas and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) in local parks


Bowls Scotland advice for getting back on the green

East Lothian Golf Clubs

Scottish Golf Guidance for clubs and golfers

  • Musselburgh Golf Club (Monktonhall) - open:  Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
  • Haddington Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
  • Longniddry Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
  • Craigielaw Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
  • Kilspindie Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
  • Gullane Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
  • North Berwick Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020 (members only initially)
  • Archerfield Golf Club - open Fri 29 May
  • Gifford Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020/The Glen Golf Club - open Fri 29 May 2020
  • Dunbar Golf Club - open Fri 29 May. 

Contact information East Lothian golf clubs

Information on Musselburgh Links and Winterfield Golf Course


Dunbar Tennis Club - open 29 May (public Pay & Play available via website only)

Gullane Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only)

Haddington Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only initially)

Longniddry Tennis Club - open 29 May (public Pay & Play available via website only)

North Berwick Tennis Club - open 29 May (members only initially)

Musselburgh Tennis Club - open 29 May (public Pay & Play available via website only)

Tranent Tennis Courts  - open 29 May – public play, no booking necessary

Tennis Scotland Coronavirus update