Maybe golf is a good walk spoiled, after all. Those over the age of 70 who have been polishing their clubs could be minded to think so, ahead of golf courses reopening across Ireland next week.
Skerries Golf Club, like many golf clubs across Ireland, has a "quite high" age profile among its members.
Declan Bowers, vice captain at the club, said it will be relying on people to follow the Government guidelines on Monday. It will not be able to police who shows up.
"We're putting a lot of the onus back on the individuals. We're not encouraging over-70s to play, and hopefully they'll make the right decision to suit themselves," Mr Bowers said.
As the first phase of the roadmap for reopening Ireland kicks in on Monday, golf clubs will be one of the first sports and leisure facilities to open again. Clubs are experiencing a mix of excitement and trepidation: they're glad to be back, but nobody wants to see clusters of Covid-19 cases developing.
Golf clubs have been sent protocol from the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union, which tries to explain how to reopen safely next week. On the over-70s, the guidance says it is "up to each individual to decide for themselves".
"Day one will tell an awful lot," said David O'Sullivan, the club professional at Cobh Golf Club.
Cobh, like all clubs, has also asked members who live beyond 5km to stick to the Government guidelines and stay away.
"I would imagine that most people will adhere to the 5km rule, we feel we have done our best and communicated with everybody what's expected from them. Golf is under a spotlight at the moment. It's in everybody's interest that everybody adheres to the protocol and what's required," Mr O'Sullivan said.
For the first phase at least, golf clubs will only be open to members. Some have recently opened applications for new members, due to the demand from people who are eager to play a sport again. A lot of former members are now getting back in touch with their local clubs. Before now, there were a lot of so-called "nomad golfers" who might shop around between clubs for the best deal. Now, the privilege of going to a club is only for the fortunate few within 5km of one.
Mr O'Sullivan said this could be a positive moment for golf, which he said "has been widely recognised as a sport or a hobby that's very conducive to general well being to like mental health".
Keen golfers will have to manage their expectations. The social aspect of golf is gone, for now: most people will only be allowed to arrive 15 minutes before their tee-time, and will have to leave immediately after their game. Most clubs have reduced games to six or nine holes, which is also designed to reduce the number of players who might need to use the bathroom. Demand for tee-times is high, and it may be hard to book one. Mr O'Sullivan, who has been a PGA professional for 10 years, said he doesn't think he'll get to play for a while.
"I want to leave that privilege to the members," he said.
Howth Golf Club has seen a huge amount of interest ahead of it reopening on Monday.
"This is not something that we've ever had to deal with before, at any level. There's a lot of planning that had to go into getting prepared, and managing members once they are back just to make sure that they're safe is the most important thing," said Alan O'Sullivan, the professional at Howth Golf Club.
Drivers are being asked to park a space apart. Members have to change into their golf shoes in their cars. They are being encouraged to use the toilet before they arrive.
There's no excuse for playing too slow: everyone is teeing off at 12-minute intervals with a maximum of two balls per group.
Timesheets will now need to be kept by clubs for six weeks in case they end up being needed for contact tracing. No gatherings or chats. And of course, no handshakes at the end of the round.
Monday, ironically, should have been the day when the golf course at Mount Juliet estate in Co Kilkenny was closing. In normal times, the golf course would be preparing to host the Irish Open in two weeks' time. That has now been postponed so instead, Matt Sandercock, the head of golf, has been putting "vigorous" social distancing signs up for the club's members.
"It's a privilege for us to open first, and we don't want to get it wrong," Mr Sandercock said.
"Golf is more playable at social distance than other sports, it will probably have a bit of a pick-up from this. It's a sport that your dad and your grandad can do."