But the sport forged an effective financial plan to ensure they could survive and even thrive once re-opened.
“I’d like to think we acted pretty quickly when the original Covid lockdown was announced in March,” says Dixon.
“We set up our own committee and called it the COBRA committee, nicking the term from the Westminster government.
“It consisted of the chairman, myself and a couple of other key decision makers, rather than doing it at board level which would have consisted of twice as many people.
“We decided not to furlough many staff because we knew that our 142 member clubs would need a considerable amount of help to get them through and access grants.
“We kept on all our main staff and only furloughed two in the end, but all the others remained to offer support to all the clubs. That proved to be a very good decision.
“All the senior management took a voluntary 20% pay cut which lasted for four months and was reinstated in August.
“It coincided with the clubs’ subscriptions for next year so we put a five month freeze on those as well.
“That cost us about £220k out of our reserves, so we thought we had to support clubs because a lot of them would have been left in a pretty dodgy situation with everything that was going on. The rest was just helping and supporting clubs.”
And, according to Golf Wales, memberships and participation continue to rise.
Golf Wales are keen to maintain the momentum and Dixon says: “You see far more families and women playing golf these days than you did in the past.
“Women should feel as comfortable playing golf as men do, and we want to make the sport as widely accessible to all people.
“Nobody has a crystal ball and we don’t know how this pandemic will play out with regards grass roots sport.
“But I am quietly confident golf can thrive in Wales moving forward.”
Story by Dai Sport.