There should be few problems with reopening the sport but the wider golf economy may take a while longer to recover. Estimates of consumption expenditure on golf were produced a couple of years ago in a commissioned report. Some are reproduced in Table 4.1 below. Many of the items that contribute to the overall total continue to suffer due to the pandemic. The €46m generated from "Food and Beverages" is unlikely to return to these levels anytime soon. A similar point could be made about the fourth, fifth, and sixth items in Table 4.1. These will be hit by the problems associated with international travel.
Many of these iconic courses have associated accommodation. The €37m figure for Accommodation in Table 4.1 will not accrue in 2021. Only when international travel returns to something like normal will these revenues be recovered. In the short-term even the Irish are not free to play whatever course they wish due to national travel restrictions. It is a tough time for a sport that poses a small Covid-19 health risk.