South African golf fans will be able to attend Sunshine Tour events for the first time in over a year ahead of this year's bumper summer season.
On Monday, the Sunshine Tour confirmed that a limited number of 2 000 fully vaccinated spectators can attend the next three Sunshine Tour events - two of which are co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
The schedule includes the SA PGA Championship at St Francis Links from 4-7 November, followed by the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club from 25-28 November, and the South African Open at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City from 2-5 December.
The Sunshine Tour has further advised that strict controls will be in place to ensure adherence to the current government regulations and directions.
Local fans will be in for a treat this summer as European Tour stars will descend for the SA-leg of its 2021/2022 season.
The Alfred Dunhill Championship, which is the final tournament in SA, at Leopard Creek Country Club from 9-12 December will not be open to the public due to the "maximum daily allowed limit on spectators already being fully subscribed".
"We're delighted that we can now begin the process of reintegrating our fans at our tournaments. But we will only do so in the strictest observance of the regulations presented to us by government," said Thomas Abt, Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
The Sunshine Tour recently embarked on a strong vaccination drive by offering vaccinations at its tournaments, starting at the Origins of Golf series this year, to all the professionals and caddies.
Sunshine Tour's Covid-19 chief compliance officer Wimpie du Plessis confirmed that more than 90 percent of all Tour professionals, caddies, staff and support personnel are vaccinated.
The Tour would like to welcome back young golf fans and is now also encouraging the age group of 12-17 to get vaccinated to start attending tournaments.
"Throughout this entire process, our Covid-19 compliance team, led by Wimpie du Plessis, has worked very closely with government to ensure that our tournaments are played safely and responsibility," said Abt.
"It remains our priority to ensure the safety of our professionals and caddies, and our tournament staff, and now also the limited number of spectators who come to Sunshine Tour events."