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.
Shotgun starts may be held as long as social distancing and the Club’s COVID Safe Plan are adhered to.
If Clubs decide to allow caddies, they should suggest caddies act primarily as advice givers and buggy pullers. They should consider:
- Maintaining social distancing practices
- Maintaining good hygiene
- Allowing players to remove their own clubs from their bag
- Requesting players clean their own balls & equipment
Yes, in line with the Club’s Covid Safe Plan.
Yes. The NSW Government requires that all venues put the safety of customers and staff first, and have a system for digital registration such as a QR code that records patrons’ names and contact details in place by November 23, or risk facing penalties.
It is recommended that registration is required on entry to the clubhouse, and other areas such as the Pro Shop. Utilising electronic timesheets are a suitable method of maintaining an electronic register of members and visitors on the course and practice areas.
There are a number of free apps available for the purpose of digital check in. Click here for information about the Service NSW app and QR codes.
Yes, 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.
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.
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.
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 50 people are permitted. Note that from December 7, this maximum number will be 100.
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 indoors (2 square metres for smaller venues <200 square metres in size) and 2 square metres outdoors. Note: from 7 December this rule will be replaced by “1 person per 2 square metres, with 25 people permitted before this rule applies”
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 may hold presentations and award ceremonies etc, in line with clubhouse guidelines – attendees must be seated and the maximum capacity for each venue is 1 person for every 4 square metres indoors (2 square metres for smaller venues <200 square metres in size) and 2 square metres outdoors. Note: from 7 December this rule will be replaced by “1 person per 2 square metres, with 25 people permitted before this rule applies”
As a part of the Club’s COVID Safe Plan, Clubs may allow players to access ball washers and bubblers, although it is suggested that this be done with a towel or gloved hand and that the player’s use the bubbler to fill up their own water bottles.
The use of showers is dependent upon the facility at the Club and the capability of the Club to maintain the area with appropriate hygiene measures.