Golf Course Guidance During COVID 19: Updated July 8th 2020Published on 8th July 2020 in Course News, Golf News, Local and Member News, Local News, Members News
Following the Premier’s press conference and statement yesterday and the reinstatement of “Stay at Home” restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, from midnight on Wednesday 8 July 2020 for a period of six weeks, we will have to modify the playing of golf at the Flinders Golf Club during. We of course remain subject to further government directives. This is an unfortunate and frustrating development, but we all must deal with this pandemic and the resulting restrictions as best we can together.
The measures as listed below will be in place for all golfing activity until further notice. These measures are foremost tailored for the health and safety of all our members, visitors, employees and the wider community. They also adhere to the directions of the government and the advice of the health organisations dedicated to minimising the impact of the COVID19 virus.
It should be noted that everyone at the club has a personal and social responsibility to observe these guidelines and maintain social distancing requirements at all times. Our measures and procedures are under constant review and will be updated as advice from government, health authorities and the sport’s governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions.
The course is open seven days per week subject to normal playing rights.
From Thursday 9th July the course will be open to Members Only, Monday – Saturday with the exception, visitors may book in (Mon / Wed / Fri) 3 days prior, allowing Members a 5 day head start. Visitors will have access Sundays. The course will continue to be open on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday’s for Member only competitions. Members guests are permitted (Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun). The golfing syllabus and golfing competitions will continue to operate with exception to foursomes and ambrose type events.
On The Course
All tee times must be pre booked via the electronic booking sheet which will open 8 days prior at 2:00pm. Groups will start at 8 minute intervals from the first tee only.
Members’ guests and visitors’ name and contact details must be provided with every booking. Playing numbers will be restricted to pairs only, except groups living in the same household (up to a maximum of 4). Same household groups of over two will need to book by phone through the golf shop.
Players should not turn up without a prior booking.
Players are to provide their own equipment including buggies, sand buckets etc.
Members will be provided with a sand bucket if required, please ask at the Proshop.
Unless carts are prohibited owing to wet conditions, pre booked carts will be available for members only and use will be restricted to one person per cart.
To minimise congestion players are requested to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior their booked time slot.
Social play can be from any teeing ground, gold, red, blue or black, and there will be no tee markers out during social play. Please manage tee wear and be mindful of playing groups behind if choosing a longer tee.
Course marshalling may be conducted to reinforce social distancing guidelines.
Toilets will be open, however there will be no access permitted to showers and lockers. Limited takeaway food or beverage service will be provided on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm. The toliets and takeaway food serving and access areas will be subject to regular cleaning. All other clubhouse facilities will be closed. This will be reviewed by the General Committee depending upon demand and in line with any government restrictions.
Takeway food and coffee must not be consumed in the Clubhouse.
The administration staff will continue to work off site for the most part. Should there be any need to contact the office, please do so via email on email@example.com
The pro shop will be open for registration and purchase of golf items. Card payment only. No cash transactions accepted.
The practice fairway is closed for general use except for individual or group lessons under supervision of the Club professional. Handling of practice golf balls during lessons is not permitted.
COVID 19 Course Etiquette
Please do not come to the Club if you feel unwell or if you are in self isolation or required to do so.
Please advise the Club Case Manager Judy Rex mobile 0402-306-188 email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have tested positive for COVID 19.
Please maintain social distancing at all times and refrain from physical contact.
A maximum of two people permitted in the pro shop, clubhouse bathrooms etc at any one time.
Use of the practice nets and practice putting green in front of the clubhouse are restricted to two persons at any time and personal golf balls must be used.
Ball washers, bunker rakes and on course drinking fountains have been removed or disconnected. Flag sticks should remain in the hole and should not be touched. Please take your own precautions when using the water taps around the course.
Spacers have been inserted into the cups to make ball retrieval easier.
Please smooth out bunkers with your club or shoe after playing your shot.
On completion of your round please depart the course and car park as soon as possible and avoid congregating with others.
We ask that everyone respect the rules in place and social distancing requirements. We continue looking forward to seeing many a happy face around our course and also wish you all the very best for your golfing activities.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. Supportive feedback from members and visitors has been much appreciated.
If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me on 0419 893 671 or our Women’s Captain, Sue Wilson on 0419 308 827.
Reminder: To ensure we comply with the latest restrictions, all member timesheets have been cleared and restructured to groups of 2. Please note, members will need to rebook all golf from Thursday 9th July. New timesheets will open at 2:30pm today.
Play well, stay well and enjoy all that our great course has to offer.