1. Course Set-up
On Course Items
All rakes and ball-retrievers have been removed
Ball washers and drinking fountains are not in use
Bins have been removed
A number of benches remain on the course, please take care if you need to use them and do not touch unless you are wearing gloves – protect yourself and others
All other removables have been removed, except that stakes defining areas of the course can be treated as immovable obstructions
The toilets between the 6th and 12th are for the green staff use only at this stage – please do not use
Hole and Flagstick
Flagsticks will be retained, they must not be touched and must be left in the hole at all times
All holes have a hole liner inserted so that all of the ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only
Practice putting green and practice nets are only available for members with an imminent tee booking – for use in the 20 -10 minute period before you play ie if your tee time is 11.30am you can use these practice facilities from 11.10 until 11.20 (no more than 4 people on putting green and social distancing must be observed)
The practice facilities to the right of the second fairway remain closed.
Arrival and Waiting to Play
The clubhouse and locker room facilities will be closed – please contact Niall the first time you need anything from the locker room and then take everything home
Only one of the toilets in the pro shop building will be open, please use the hand sanitizer before you touch the door handle, use the sanitizer wipes to wipe the cistern handle and sanitize your hands when you come out –the sink is not to be used (there is insufficient hot water to ensure everyone’s safety)
Members should arrive at the Club no more than 30 minutes before their tee time if you intend to practice, or 20 minutes before if you wish to turn up and play. This allows 10 minutes to get your trolley and bag ready and put your shoes on, do not set off for the pro shop until 10 minutes before your tee time. These measures ensure we are able to comply with the social distancing and no social gathering rules – a key component of golf clubs being allowed to open. Members must not gather in groups in front of the Performance Centre, John Barclay will provide guidance on the use of the Performance Centre.
Do not turn up if no tee time has been booked, or before the course opens for play at 8.30am Monday to Friday or before 7.00am at weekends
3. During the Round
Golfers should follow all signage and remain behind the marked/signed line on the 1st and 10th tee until the tee is clear
Golfers must remain at least two metres apart at teeing areas due to the normal close proximity of golfers to one another when tee shots are being played
Golfers must remain more than two metres apart when walking to the ball, searching for a ball and playing shots
Golfers must not touch any of their playing partners equipment or any stray/lost balls
At this stage the driving range will remain closed, we are initially working with 4 green keepers and ball collection is problematic. We are working on safety issues and will update members as matters progress
Golfers must not use these rounds as opportunities to practice by playing several balls on each hole – (one round, one ball).
Our junior members have been contacted, all juniors age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and they have been provided with our processes and procedures.
There will be no rakes on the course, please make your very best efforts to smooth the sand using your club and/or your feet
Golfers must keep at least two metres apart on the putting greens and not touch the flagstick
4. After the Round
Social distancing is as important after your round as it is during the round, so when the round is over all golfers must leave the course and the club immediately to ensure there are no gatherings.
5. Rules of Golf-Related Matters
Initially golf will be social only and in 2 balls, there will be no stroke play competitions involving players in different groups
As we eventually move to more normal play and competitions there will need to be a number of changes to the Rules of Golf. These will follow as necessary.
6. Pro shop will initially be open for booking in and will operate on a one in one out basis. The pro shop will open at 7.45 daily.
7. Tee time not needed – in the event that you book a tee and subsequently are unable to play please ensure you cancel your booking as soon as possible to allow others to use the time