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. Please note that from March 31, 2021, there are some variations to these answers for those on the Tweed Shire, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire and City of Lismore LGA’s. See https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/northern-rivers
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. The maximum capacity for each venue is one person for every 2 square metres inddors and 2 square metres outdoors.
Clubs should consider taking 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:
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 number of 50 (Greater Sydney) 100 (Regional).
If Clubs decide to allow caddies, they should suggest caddies act primarily as advice-givers and buggy pullers.
Clubs may consider:
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.
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:
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. 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 are allowed with a maximum of 50 (Greater Sydney) 100 (Regional).
Yes. Clubs are permitted to serve food and drinks (including alcohol) in designated dining areas.
The maximum capacity for each venue is one person for every 2 square metres indoors, and 2 square metres outdoors.
For specific information from Clubs NSW, please click on the following link:
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.
Masks are not compulsory in retail or hospitality venues, but are still required in gaming areas and for front of house hospitality staff.