COVID -19 Frequently Asked Questions

COVID -19 Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the sport in New South Wales.

These answers reflect current NSW Government advice around gatherings, travelling to events and the obligations of players, spectators & clubs.

The responses also cover issues as diverse as current guidelines on sharing carts and equipment as well as members undertaking voluntary work on the course or around clubhouses. There is also advice for Boards on governance matters relating to conducting meetings.

Yes, in line with the Club’s COVID Safe Plan.

All persons must abide by the regulations in place should they have visited one of the listed COVID 19 case locations – see https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.

There are no restrictions around travelling to or from regional or rural NSW or other areas of NSW.

However, NSW Health currently recommends delaying non-essential travel within NSW, especially between Greater Sydney and regional and rural areas.

Yes. Clubs can hold presentations and award ceremonies etc., in line with clubhouse guidelines. Attendees must be seated, and the maximum capacity for each venue is one person for every 4 square metres indoors and 2 square metres outdoors.

Considering recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Sydney, Clubs should take a pro-active stance on minimising the risk of community transmitted COVID-19, and therefore question the need to have presentations.

Yes.  As of January 1, the NSW Government requires that all hospitality venues use the NSW Government QR Code system:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/customer-record-keeping/qr-codes#covid-safe-check-in-with-the-service-nsw-app.

It is recommended that registration be required on entry to the clubhouse, and other areas such as the Pro Shop.

Yes, players can share golf carts. Clubs may consider recommending that one player be responsible for the driving duties for the entire round and that the passenger remains on the passenger’s side of the cart. 

It remains a Club’s decision as to whether they continue the use of the modified playing conditions as a part of their COVID-19 Safety Plan, e.g., flags left in, no rakes in bunkers, no swapping of scorecards etc.

Every Club has different numbers of players, numbers of bunkers etc. and thus the capacity to manage the play of golf safely is best determined by each Club. These local rules remain available for use by Clubs for social play and competition golf.

Please click here for a full list of those modifications.

Shotgun starts may be held if social distancing and the Club’s COVID Safe Plan are adhered to. It is also essential that Clubs do not exceed specified outdoor gathering numbers – 30 for Greater Sydney and 100 for regional NSW.

If Clubs decide to allow caddies, they should suggest caddies act primarily as advice-givers and buggy pullers.

Clubs may consider:

  • Allowing players to remove their own clubs from their bag
  • Requesting players clean their own balls & equipment

As a part of the Club’s COVID Safe Plan, Clubs may allow players to access ball washers and bubblers, although it suggested that this be done with a towel or glove on the player’s hand, and that players use the bubbler to fill up their own water bottles.

Considering recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Sydney, Clubs should take a pro-active stance on minimising the risk of community transmitted COVID-19. 

The use of showers depends on the facility available at the Club and the Club’s capability to maintain the area with appropriate hygiene measures.

In addition to the other Temporary Modifications to the Rules of Golf, it is permissible to introduce a local rule that allows players to substitute the golf ball during the play of a hole, so that players are not touching each other’s golf ball. For example, during Foursomes:

  • When taking a preferred lie
  • When putting

If this local rule is introduced, Clubs must not introduce a penalty for a player hitting their partner’s golf ball.

Any local rules that are introduced should not be to the detriment of pace of play.

Yes. Provided gathering and social distancing measures are in line with regulations, and the NSW Public Health Order is implemented and enforced.

Yes. There are no conditions/restrictions that prevent a golfer from having a lesson if the Club/Professional can implement and enforce gathering and social distancing measures in line with regulations and the NSW Public Health Order.

Outdoor group lessons with a maximum of 30 for Greater Sydney, and 100 for regional NSW are permitted.

Yes. Clubs are permitted to serve food and drinks (including alcohol) in designated dining areas, to be consumed while seated.

The maximum capacity for each venue is one person for every 4 square metres indoors, and 2 square metres outdoors, with a maximum of 300 per area.

For specific information from Clubs NSW, please click on the following link:

 https://www.clubsnsw.com.au/COVID-19_Updates

Yes.  In addition to Liquor & Gaming NSW, officers from the NSW Food Authority, NSW Fair Trading, SafeWork NSW, local councils and the NSW Police Force may now inspect Clubs’ compliance with the Public Health Orders.

Upon the request of an inspector, Clubs must make available their COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Member Clubs are encouraged to proactively engage with their inspectors, and local police, to ensure that arrangements inside the Club are compliant with the Public Health Orders.

All Registered Clubs must register as a COVID Safe Business, and Clubs are required to resubmit their COVID-19 Safety Plan each time there is a change/amendment to the Public Health Order.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe

In Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, Face Masks are mandatory in the Pro Shop as this area is considered a retail environment.  Some Clubs have instituted an outside area for their competition and green fee management as a part of the COVID Safe Plan.

Face Masks are not required for patrons in hospitality area as they are consuming food and beverage.

Patrons are required to wear masks in the gaming areas.  Staff are required to wear masks in all areas.

Masks are not mandatory in other regions of NSW.

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