Scottish Golf has urged golf clubs to respect Scottish Government advice over the reopening of courses.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to address the nation on Sunday about easing the lockdown with the possibility of golf courses reopening.
But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has indicated Scotland would be unlikely to follow suit with golfers north of the border waiting slightly longer.
Scottish Golf confirmed that nothing has been finalised regarding a date and remain in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government over planned procedures for the safe return of the sport when the time is right.
Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf’s chief operating officer, said: “It has been disappointing to hear that some golf clubs in Scotland have communicated to members their intent to re-open their golf course ahead of restrictions being lifted.
“We urge all member clubs to continue to follow the Scottish Government advice, that continues to have the best interest of the public at heart.
“Golf is a sport where integrity and rules sit at the very heart of the game and we ask all golfers to respect the position of Scottish Government and show patience at a time when the virus continues to have a devastating impact on society.
“I appreciate the frustrations and desire to play golf as soon as possible, but I urge you to continue following Government guidelines and save lives.”
Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said: “I recognise the importance of golf to many across the country, and the eagerness to return to the course as soon as possible.
“However, that can only happen once it is safe to do so – and the focus at present must be the continuation of measures to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
“The Scottish Government and sportscotland are working closely with Scottish Golf to ensure the right preparation and risk assessment is undertaken to allow golf to return at the appropriate time.”