Golfers are the first to admit they socialise as much as they exercise but there's been little of the former in recent months because of coronavirus restrictions in the ACT.
The phones at Canberra's golf clubs were running hot on Friday with people calling to book a round of golf followed by a round at the club bistro, something they haven't been able to do since mid-March.
From midday on Friday restrictions in the ACT eased to allow up to 100 people in indoor and outdoor spaces, which meant more Canberra venues could begin trading again while accommodating the one person per four square metres rule.
While several Canberra golf courses remained open for play during the lockdown, club restaurants and bars had to close due to strict social distancing rules.
Gold Creek Country Club food and beverage manager Rohan Teer said he had missed seeing people enjoying a beer or two after playing.
"Most people would leave straight after their round instead of staying to socialise which is really the main reason why a lot of people play golf, one for the exercise and two for the socialising," Mr Teer said.
Belconnen Magpies general manager Paul Netting echoed the sentiment and said he was excited to have people back in the club's restaurant and bar area.
"There's a strong social aspect to golf and it's really part of the culture for people to stay for a drink and a chat after their round," Mr Netting said.
The Magpies course stayed open during the lockdown, but the club made some changes to ensure they followed the social distancing rules and limited playing groups to two people.
The changes meant the club had fewer players than usual, but Mr Netting thanked members who had stuck by during a tough period.
"We've got a really loyal bunch of members, some for 20, 30 and 40 years, who have supported us throughout this year," he said.
"We're looking forward to having them back in for a drink after their rounds."
With rainy weather forecast for most of the coming weekend, there might not be as many people on the course as there could be, but the relaxed rules mean the clubs won't be quiet.
Those who do arrive will be encouraged to continue practicing social distancing in line with the new rules.