UPDATE: On Sunday, 29 March 2020 the National Cabinet agreed to limit both indoor and outdoor gatherings to a maximum of two persons only. IN addition the National Cabinet also issued strong guidance to all Australians to stay at home unless undertaking essential activities.
As a consequence of the decisions the NSW Department of sport declared several activities, including golf, as non- essential. As a result The department strongly advised the relevant sporting bodies these activities should cease as of midnight, 30 March 2020.
Following the announcement of further restrictions by the Prime Minister overnight concerning the containment of the COVID-19 virus which will come into effect at midnight tonight, Golf NSW after discussions with the Office of Sport – NSW Government, can confirm NSW golf clubs can continue golfing operations provided spatial/social distancing regulations are met.
Professional shops are also able to service members and their golfing needs, provided spatial/social distancing regulations are adhered to in regard to both staff and customers.
Clubhouse operations are to remain closed; However, club amenities such as toilets/restrooms may be accessed, provided spatial/social distancing regulations are adhered to.
The regulations allowing clubs to offer takeaway food and drinks remain unchanged, as long as they are consumed off-premise, and in line with spatial/social distancing regulations.
In light of the above, let’s work together to ensure the play of golf continues through these tough times.
A single instance where social distancing and other regulations are ignored could result in the entire state being banned from playing a game that maintains our health, both physical and mental, when we need it most.
It is up to both clubs and players to ensure social distancing and gathering regulations are maintained at all times.
- NO sharing of golf carts. Consider removing cart use all together
- Increase intervals between tee times
- Play in groups of 2 or 3
- Adhere to the 4 square metre distancing rules as a minimum
- No presentations at the conclusion of competitions
Ensure contact with golf-related infrastructure is minimised
- Leave the doors to Pro Shops open
- Introduce the new modified Rules of Golf so that flag sticks and bunker rakes aren’t touched
- Reduce hole depth
- Disinfect carts before and after use
Personal hygiene standards are maintained at the highest level
- Don’t attend the golf club if you feel ill, or have been in contact with someone who is
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands
- Don’t shake hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because your hands touch many different surfaces and can easily pick up viruses
Let’s create a culture which ensures we can keep our golf courses open.