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Oct 19, 2020

We were eagerly awaiting updates from Golf Australia which have finally come through at lunchtime today, unfortunately the restrictions were tougher than we had hoped.

From tomorrow the following restrictions will commence in addition to the current procedures: the practice facilities must be closed, all hire equipment including carts are unavailable, food and beverages are unable to be sold, even through the Proshop and no club competitions. Please take the time to review the document from Golf Australia below and familiarise yourself with all the new changes.

I’m sure many of you will be disappointed in these changes, and I can assure you that we are just as disappointed as you are. We are hopeful that this set of restrictions is only in place for a relatively short period of time.

We again ask for your patience as we navigate through these challenging times.

Regards

David Stein
General Manager

Operations Update – 19th October

Effective immediately, based on information released by the Victorian Government, Golf Australia can advise the following for all clubs in Metropolitan Melbourne:

  • Golf can recommence being played in groups of two, unless all members of a group are from a maximum of two households.

  • Club competitions can not be conducted. Social scores can, however, be submitted for handicapping purposes.

  • Practice facilities can only operate if there is at least 100 metres between each group. In practical terms, this will mean that practice facilities will remain closed.

  • Golf coaching can recommence for groups of two or less, plus a coach

  • All services must be delivered outside, including pro shop services. For avoidance of doubt, members should not be entering your pro shops.

  • Rental clubs, golf carts and pull buggies can not be provided for hire

    • NB: Golf Australia making urgent representations on this point to government, in regarding to those people with a medical certificate and the use of carts.

  • Food and beverage facilities can not operate

    • NB: Golf Australia is making urgent representations on this point to government.

    • This includes the sale of food and beverage from pro shops

  • Clubhouses can open only for usage of toilet facilities

  • Members can only play at a course within 25 kilometres of their home, or permitted workplace

    • Clubs may consider temporary reciprocal arrangements between clubs to allow members impacted by this limit access to play at another club while this limit remains in place.

    • People may not travel into or out of Metropolitan Melbourne to play golf, even if you reside within 25km of a facility.

  • Clubs/facilities must comply with the record keeping requirements

    • That is, name and phone number of all persons who attend the premises for more than 15 minutes. A template to assist is located here

  • Masks must still be worn when playing golf. Face mask requirements are located here

  • All clubs/facilities will require a COVIDSAFE Plan to be in place.

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