OWNERS of a Reading golf club have told residents that the sites are open only for exercise use during lockdown.

Posting on the Facebook group 'Caversham Matters', a statement announced that the perimeters of Reading and Caversham Heath Golf Clubs can be used by walkers and joggers only as part of the daily exercise allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The post reads: "Other than toddlers keeping up with families, cycling is not permitted.

"Please remember the courses are still private property, and the members have offered this to help assist with social distancing in these challenging times and the courses are not "public parks" so please we respectfully remind all to keep exercise continuous.

"Please stay clear of all greens and bunkers. Always bag and remove dog mess from site and take it home

"Respect our staff and property at all times.

"We really do thank everyone for the respect shown and for the lovely messages received.

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"Whilst golf is not permitted and the above continues to be observed, we will try to help in this way but please remember first and foremost

Stay at Home...Save Lives...Protect the NHS."

Grateful residents showed their thanks, saying that the 'beautiful' grounds make for 'therapeutic' walks.

One said: "We were there this morning, it was beautiful. Thank you so much!"

Another added: "Thank you so much for allowing us on the course.

"Had some fantastic walks with my daughter last couple days.

"Listening to the wildlife with very little background noise has been so therapeutic.

"Can't thank you enough!"

The post comes amid police reminders to residents to follow government rules to stay inside unless exercising or making an essential journey.