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.

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 in a safe manner 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. 

Clubs should continue to minimise gathering opportunities wherever possible. As such, shotgun starts should be avoided unless gatherings of less than 30 people can be achieved. 

Clubs also need to consider how to manage the number of golfers, both at registration prior to, and around the clubhouse after the competition.

In order to ensure gathering sizes are minimised, Clubs can:

  • Request that only one player per group check in at the Pro Shop while the remainder go straight to the starting tee.
  • Allow practice putting on the green prior to the starting tee prior to play, to stop gatherings at the practice putting green

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

  • Maintain social distancing practices 
  • Maintain good hygiene 
  • Allow players to remove their own clubs from their bag
  • Request players clean their own balls & equipment


You may run an open and inter-club tournaments at your Club provided it is done in accordance with your Club’s Covid Safe Plan. It is also recommended that participants not car pool or share accommodation.

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

Yes, restrictions that were in place regarding travel only in local areas have been lifted. Restrictions regarding travel between local areas and states are regularly changing and Clubs should continue to monitor the NSW government websites in this regard.

It is recommended that clubs maintain a record of name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, volunteers, participants, spectators and contractors attending the club and also the course, where this is practical, for a period of at least 28 days. Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.

Yes. With the State Government’s reintroduction of community sport for adults and children (including contact sport) from July 1, players can share golf carts.
Clubs may consider recommending one player be responsible for the driving duties for the entire round and the passenger remain on the passenger’s side of the cart.


Yes. Under current outdoor gathering limits, golf in groups of four is allowed. While additional care needs to be taken to maintain social distancing, golf is also permissible in groups of greater than four and up to twenty should this be required. For example, groups of six for foursomes.

In addition to the other Temporary Modifications to the Rules of Golf, it is permissible to introduce a local rule which allows players to substitute the golf ball during the play of a hole, so 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 which 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. 
A limit on the number of people allowed (a maximum of 20) on the practice putting green, or in the hitting bays at any one time should be communicated via signage and enforced at each location. 
It is a Club’s decision as to what extent practice facilities are made available to members and social golfers.

Yes. There are no conditions/restrictions which prevent competition golf if the Club can implement and enforce gathering and social distancing measures in line with regulations and the NSW Public Health Order. 
Clubs may also utilise two-tee starts if social distancing guidelines can be maintained. 

Yes. There are no conditions/restrictions to 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 people 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 1 person for every 4 square metres. 
From Friday 23 October, bookings of up to 30 customers per booking and per table can be accepted. 

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. 
The total number of inspectors now exceeds 250. 
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 arrangements inside the Club are compliant with the Public Health Orders.
Guidance on the COVID-19 safety requirements can be found in ClubsNSW’s circulars, including Circulars 20-123 and 20-124. 

All Registered Clubs must register as a COVIDSafe Business:

Yes. Clubs can hold an AGM if the maximum number of attendees is based on the one person per 4 square metre regulations. Alternatively, meetings can be held remotely or virtually via video conference. 
ASIC has provided a two-month extension to the current five-month time limit to stage an AGM from the end of the Club’s reporting period. For example, a Club with a 31 December 2019 financial year end will have till 31 July 2020 to stage their AGM. 

Yes. Clubs can conduct board meetings (to a maximum of 20 people) as long as the one person per 4 square metre regulations are adhered to.

Yes. Golf NSW recommends course works by volunteers/Dad’s Army style working bees resume in groups of up to 30 provided social distancing guidelines are maintained. 

It is recommended clubs cease face-to-face activities that relate to their events. e.g. Award ceremonies, post competitions presentations and event dinners.

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