Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions from Thursday May 14th 2020

Golf at Alert Level 2
 
At Alert Level Two, playing of golf can be undertaken however there are firm measures in place to ensure the health and safety of all in the golf sector and the community.

 

It will take some time before sporting life in Aotearoa returns to normal and it’s important we all play by the rules to prevent another wave of COVID-19 cases.

The new Government guidelines for sport at Alert Level 2 have now been published and can be viewed here: https://sportnz.org.nz/covid-19/alert-level-information/.

Please take time to reflect on the new guidelines.

Exercise and recreation is an important part of maintaining our health and wellbeing however we must continue to be aware the playing of golf presents a risk of transmission.

There will be a natural desire to get back to business quickly, however we strongly encourage all clubs and facilities to thoroughly understand the guidelines and create detailed and robust plans before restarting operations. This new information should support you in forward planning, noting that your club or facility will need to make your own decisions, and take responsibility for understanding any restrictions and requirements. We are happy to provide advice however we cannot confirm or endorse operational plans.

The most important principle is to ‘play it safe’ and remain physically distant from others. The health, safety and wellbeing of your staff, members, golf participants and the wider community is of paramount importance.

If your club opens its facility for play at Alert Level 2, it must do so under the following guidelines:

General Guidance

1. The golf course, clubhouse, pro shop, changing room and any other facility at the golf club can open at Alert Level 2. All facilities including toilets are open

2. All staff, players, visitors must adhere to general government advice; particularly all recommended hygiene measures. Click here for further hygiene and sanitisation information.

3. For golf clubs, strict hygiene and sanitisation practices must be maintained throughout the facility including all common touch points and surfaces. Facilities must have a written plan for safe operation in place – Sanitiser on every table and entrance points.

4. A system to record and retain the contact details of all staff, players and visitors must be in place to enable contact tracing should it be required. All players must print a card in the normal way. Non affiliated players will have a card printed for them. We will use this record for contact tracing. Visitors not playing must report to the clubhouse to be signed in.

5. Physical distancing (2 metres encouraged) between all staff, players and visitors should be maintained. Distancing should be maintained on the golf course and throughout all club facilities.

6. All indoor facilities at a club need to restrict entry to a maximum of 100 people. Operations across any indoor facilities must follow government guidelines as published at: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/#workplaces-and-businesses

7. Groups of guests in the clubhouse must be limited to 10 people per group. All groups should be seated, have separation from other groups, and be served by a single server if possible. Golfers should only sit with the group they played golf with and in any event, as part of a group that is strictly no more than 10 people in size.

8. Between Thursday 14 May and Friday 22 May, hospitality venues (including golf clubhouses) can only serve customers if they are there to dine i.e customers in the clubhouse must purchase food. From Friday 22 May 2020 the bar is open with table service.

9. Any staff who are on site should be provided with any appropriate personal protection equipment to ensure they can remain healthy and safe.

General Golf Operations Guidance:

10. All players should wash and dry their hands before and after play.

11. Shotgun or multiple tee starts should only be held if they can be managed in a manner that does not see groups of golfers congregating. A minimum interval of 10 minutes is suggested for four ball groups. 10 min intervals will stay. Booking a tee time is still preferable even for haggles i.e Damo x 4. Prize giving can happen in the clubhouse but without beer. (I’m crying as I write this)

12. Groups of golfers should maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres between themselves and other groups on the course.

13. Club events and competitions can be held so long as there is strict adherence to hygiene, distancing and gatherings regulations.

14. While the national handicap system will be operational, physical scorecards should be avoided if possible. If scorecards are used, exchanging of cards should not occur. Score cards will be used but not swapped with your playing partner. Verbally agree the score and enter your own card. Scores will now count to the new World Handicapping System

15. All pins should be removed from practice putting greens.

16. Pins / flagsticks can be on the course however they should be left in the hole and should not be touched or removed by any player. Flags not to be touched. We will place a small noodle in the hole that allows the ball to drop but is easier to retrieve with two fingers and not touch the flag.

17. Bunker rakes can be on the course however a local rule will be provided by New Zealand Golf for bunker play should clubs not want to have bunker rakes on the course. Rakes will be removed. 1 club length relief if in footmarks and place ball in bunker

18. All drinking fountains, ball washers, and shared sunscreen stations should be closed.

19. Any shared club equipment must be cleaned and sterilised after each use.

20. Coaching can be undertaken on a contactless basis and with strict 2 metre distancing being observed.

Gimmes are set at 30cm or 1 standard putter handle length. This will reduce picking the ball from the hole.

Club carts can be hired but the 1 per cart unless in your previous bubble still applies.

 
 

 

Haggles & Events

Below is a list of our weekly haggles. Please feel free to come and join us.
To enter any haggle just come along 15 mins before 1st tee time.
Other, larger events in the upcoming months will be listed below the haggles.

Tuesdays

Ladies 18 Hole Haggle 1st Tee 9.00
Ladies 9 Hole Haggle 1st Tee 9.00
Men’s Haggle 1st Tee 12.00 White Tees
Twilight 9 Hole 15.00 – 18.00 Last Tee

Wednesdays

L.O.B. Haggle (Lovely Old Boys) 1st Tee 08.30

Fridays

Men’s Haggle 1st Tee 12.00 Blue Tees

Sundays (Club Day)

Men’s Club Day Haggle 07.00 – 09.00
Ladies Club Day Haggle 1st Tee 09.00