During lockdown the only exercise many people can take is to go for a walk in their local area. We are fortunate in Croydon to have many green spaces and these include parks, woods, commons, greens and sports grounds.
As people venture into their local area they have discovered green spaces that had not visited before. Residents near golf courses have seen these large, beautifully maintained areas without any one using them. Now people have found these spaces, and observed how beautiful they are, it would be wonderful if they were allowed to visit them even if they are not golfers.
Croydon's golf course owners should consider having regular open days for the public. They could open, perhaps once a month, so people can walk round and see these secret green oases and observe the wildlife that reside in them. To minimise damage to the course, there could be clearly marked paths. Who knows, once people see these spaces, they might decide to join a golf club.
As one of London's greenest boroughs, Croydon has many golf clubs and it would be great for more people to have access to these green spaces.