The Government has announced that golf will be able to resume in England on Wednesday 13 May and therefore the course will open at 7.30 am on that day. We are following the guidelines and procedures from England Golf (in association with partners from across the sport) in order that we are able to “Play Safe” and “Stay Safe”. These guidelines are under constant review and we reiterate that they MUST be adhered to by everyone. The fundamentals are the same throughout the sport with the over-riding consideration to be “Play Safe, Stay Safe”.
Prior to playing golf you must book a tee time. All tee bookings MUST be made through the BRS system, which will commence taking bookings at 5.00pm today (Monday 11 May), and will operate from 7.30 am until 7.30 pm each day. Household groups must consist of no more than 2 people. Tee times are allocated for every 10 minutes and golfers will only be allowed 1 booking per day. Bookings will be able to be made 7 days in advance. Those unable to make bookings should contact Andy or Nicky for assistance.
All golfers MUST begin their round at the 1st and only play ONE ball. Practice putting prior to the round will be allowed but restricted to 2 players on the putting green at any one time and priority given to those who are next on the tee. The practice of block booking (Ladies on Wednesday mornings and Seniors on Monday morning) has been cancelled at this moment in time.
Only those members who have paid or made the commitment to pay their annual subscriptions will be allowed to book a tee time. For an initial period, tee times must be strictly adhered to and it will be for members only with no guests / visitors.
On the Course all rakes, ball retrievers and waste bins have been removed, ball washers and drinking fountains covered up, benches have been upturned so that players do not touch them. Stakes defining areas of the course and distance markers should not be touched and treated as immovable obstructions. Flagsticks have been retained but they, also, must not be touched – a system will be in place whereby all of the ball will not drop below the surface of the putting green and easily removed by touching the ball only.
The Practice Areas, except putting green by 1st tee, will remain closed. The toilets on the course will be out of commission. In EMERGENCY situations ONLY Andy will be on site to allow access to the disabled toilet at the entrance to the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse, Professional’s Shop and Locker Rooms will remain closed. Contact has been made for those members who have equipment in their lockers to arrange safe collection.
All those golfers who arrange to play must ensure the social distancing requirements are applied and in order to assist this, do not hang around the Clubhouse before or after the game of golf. Buggies will be available for hire (pre booked on BRS) and will be sanitised before and after the round of golf.
During the round of golf players are reminded to: - Keep 2 metres apart at all times, not to touch stray golf balls, not to touch the flagstick. distance markers or stakes defining areas of the course. With no rakes allowed on the course ALL bunkers are considered to be GUR. Hand sanitisers will be available for use on the 1st tee and after playing the 18th hole. After the round of golf all golfers must leave the course and clubhouse area immediately.
ALL OF THE ABOVE GUIDELINES ETC (ESPECIALLY TEE TIMES) WILL BE REVIEWED IN LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED AND AMENDED ACCORDINGLY.