ENGLAND Golf have closed their clubs, courses and facilities "until further notice" following last night's government update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday implemented further restrictions on public life to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

And England Golf, who have over 630,000 members across 1,900 clubs, have responded, admitting the decision to close their facilities was "deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible".

Their statement added: "Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency.

"The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.

"These are incredibly testing times for the country. The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.

"We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life."