Current Playing Directions & Covid-19 Guidelines

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Club.  Please see below for the guidelines for the phased reopening of the Club to ensure your safe and enjoyable return to golf.

ARRIVING AT THE CLUB

The gate at the rear of the Clubhouse will be OPEN from 7.00am closed at 6pm.

To exit the course please use the front gate which, as you know will open automatically when approached.

Cars must be parked a good distance from each other - there is plenty of room in the car park to do this safely. Please use the ‘overflow car park’ in the field at the rear of the Clubhouse if it is busy.

NO PARKING IS ALLOWED BEYOND THE FIRST TEE AREA this is an emergency access road to the Buggy and Green Sheds and needs to be kept clear.

Shoe changing and preparation for golf must be done at your car until the 12th April.

The tee sheet for the day, with times and the names of players will be posted near the Professional shop.

Golfers must proceed to the first tee just a few minutes prior to their allotted tee time.

DO NOT congregate by the first tee waiting for your time.

From the 12th April golfers may arrive earlier than their tee time and use the changing facilities and partake in hospitality before and after golf on the terrace. The Pro-Shop will resume normal service.

Social Distancing – it is important that we keep 2m apart in line with the social distancing guidelines set by the government.


TEMPORARY GOLF RULES


Type of play

4 ball play is allowed.

Flagstick / Hole

The flag must always be left in the hole.

The hole liner has been changed, and the ball does not drop deep into the hole, so it can be retrieved without touching the cup.

In social play only Golfers may decide between themselves that a putt within a club length is a ‘gimmie’

Bunkers

Bunker rakes have been removed to avoid contamination.

The bunkers will not be maintained to their normal standard and the recent Covid Rule remains – a ball may be marked and placed withing 6 inches if lying in the sand.

As you leave a bunker please ‘swish’ your strike mark and footprints in the sand with your feet, so the bunker is tidy for those following you.

Fairways

Preferred lies are in operation until 1st May on closely mown areas.

Buggy use

Buggies are available for hire and MUST be booked in advance through the professional shop.

Buggies will be sanitised between use.

Buggies are for single use or sharing with someone from within your household.

Halfway House & Catering

Catering is available on the Terrace from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm each day from 12th April. Please note that this service may not be available in inclement weather.

The Halfway House is operating a ‘purchase and go’ service. We ask that players do not ‘hang around’ this area and disrupt the flow of play.

It is preferred that you call in at the Halfway house when completing the 11th hole as calling in twice in a round slows play.

Toilet Facilities

Are available at -

Gents and Ladies changing areas (not the changing facility or lockers)

The rear of the Professional’s shop

12th tee

NOT the Halfway house

These facilities will be monitored and cleansed by staff regularly.

On completion of your round

The air-blower, used for cleaning shoes and equipment, is not in use.

Practice Ground and Putting Green

The practice range and putting green are open for use.

A maximum of 6 golfers are allowed on the putting green at any one time.

Golfers must consider safe social distance when using these areas.

Practice balls will be available from the professional.



THE GOLF COURSE


Mats

The use of mats on fairways has been withdrawn.

Thank you for supporting this initiative for a short time in December. This procedure was really needed, and the benefits have been significant.

Course Work

The staff have completed a considerable amount of recovery plan work on the course during lockdown and we believe that you will see the benefit. Further vegetation management has opened up areas of the course, and recovery to the grass in these areas will start as temperatures warm up.

Placing is in place on all closely mown areas.

The fairways have significantly improved following the treatments and protection.

England Golf have extended ‘’Placing on closely mown areas’’ up until the end of April for all Golf Clubs, therefore –

‘’When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may prefer the lie – placing it within 6 inches, no nearer the hole’’.

See Model Local Rule E-3 for full details of how this must be done.

White Lining – GUR

Following vegetation management, some areas remain in recovery. These areas are white lined, and designated Ground Under Repair. A ball may be moved to the nearest point, outside the area, no nearer the hole, and dropped with no penalty.

New Out of Bounds

The new Greens Compound is OOB along the course side of the new mounding, and the line is identified by white marker posts.

New Green Keepers Compound.

The new compound is a working environment containing large and potentially dangerous machinery. NO unauthorised member should visit the area or ‘cut through’ on route back to the Clubhouse when leaving the course.

Covid-19 Rules on the Course

The temporary rules introduced by the R&A remain in effect:-

Placing in bunkers remain.

(The Pandy on 17th/18th is NOT a bunker and a ball must be played as it lies)

Flags MUST be left in the hole.


PGA PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


The PGA Professional’s shop will be open to control the first tee arrangements, take bookings, provide range balls and to give lessons.

The Professional's Shop is now open for retail browsing and all the usual services.

It is requested that transactions are made by credit/debit card only




THE CLUBHOUSE


12th April

Changing facilities open and Members may use lockers.

Beverages and snacks will be available on the terrace from 11.00 am, subject to the ‘Rule of 6’.

The Ladies Changing room is currently going through a refurbishment, and therefore the toilet in the corridor may be used until all the full are ready.

17th May

The Clubhouse opens for use.

Outdoor - hospitality and catering facilities are subject to the ‘Rule of 30’.

Indoor - hospitality and catering facilities are subject to the ‘Rule of 6’.

21st June

Normal service resumes

Office

The office and administration areas are open Monday – Friday – please note social distancing rules.

All visitors are welcome to ring or email Gary and Emma using the normal channels.



RESUMING FULL SERVICES - 21st June


It remains important that we retain some of the hygiene and safety procedures that have been in place for the last year. Staff and Member procedures will be communicated.



OTHER INFORMATION

It is important that we all follow the temporary arrangements provided above; if they are ignored then it could result in a spread of the virus and could result in the government tightening the restrictions in place or withdrawing the opportunities for us to play.

The Club has been tasked with making sure these arrangements are upheld and we will be monitoring play. Any infringement or disregard of these arrangements will be dealt with by the Club.

Members are asked to stay away from the Club if:

they have travelled abroad in the last 2 weeks

they, or anyone they have been in contact with have had the symptoms of Covid-19 in the last two weeks.

they have not booked a time to play or practice

Members should be mindful of the advice provided by the Government Health Officials for those who are in ‘vulnerable’ category groups and consider if they should attend the Golf Club.

If there are any changes to these temporary arrangements or if the government changes the dates, then this document will be updated and communicated to Members and posted on the web site for review.

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