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Protocol for play during Coronavirus restrictions

Issue date: 26th November 2020 

By order of the Managing Committee the following protocol will have effect from the issue date above until further notice:

GENERAL 

  • From the 2nd December the course will be open to members only playing a single round of golf pre booked on the BRS system either online or through the Pro shop.

  • Tee times are spaced at the intervals shown in BRS and booking is for a maximum of 4 players.

  • Play is also limited to players who are not in self isolation and who show no current Covid-19 symptoms.

  • No walk-on play is permitted and players who have not pre-booked will not be allowed to play until a proper booking has been made. Players failing to do this will be told to leave the club premises. Failing to be on BRS and teeing off may result in sanctions for any members in the group.

  • DISTANCING REGULATIONS ARE PARAMOUNT. Everyone on the course will be expected to distance themselves at least 2m/6ft; this means at all times, from arrival in the car park until departure following play.

  • Following the round all players will be expected to vacate the course and premises immediately.

 
FACILITIES THAT ARE CLOSED OR WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

  • The opening of the golf club including Locker rooms is subject to separate arrangements depending on Government legislation on Covid restrictions.

  • Golf Shop – access during opening times in accordance with Professional’s social distancing requirements. Note: facemasks are mandatory.

  • Practice areas are open subject to the following:

  • the putting, chipping and driving net facilities adjacent to the Pro-shop will be available solely for use by the person/groups progressing to the tee. There should be a natural progression prior to an allocated tee time allowing groups with tee bookings to spend time chipping and putting before progressing to the tee. There should be a maximum of 4 players chipping and 4 players putting at any one time.

  • The “iron” practice area adjacent to Brass Castle lane and the practice chipping green behind the 16th Green are open subject to Course staff notices on closure for ground conditions. Anyone wishing to use these areas must use their own balls which must be clearly marked.

  • Although there is no set time limit for practice at these two locations members must not monopolise the practice area and are expected to give others fair use. If someone is waiting at the roadside range there should be a limit of 20 more balls played. If arriving at the 16th practice area there should be a maximum waiting timeof 20 mins. Any conflicts over usage of facilities should be reported to the Pro-shop and may lead to the facility being closed.

  • Trolleys will not be available for hire but members may use their own. Access to the trolley store is available for those with a key.

  • Buggies will be available for individual use (or two people if from the same household) subject to prior booking from the professional, who will explain the terms to them on application and when picking up the buggy.

  • There will not be any drinking water on the course – members and guests should bring their own water to the Club.

 
PRE GOLF 

  • Members and Guests are to remain in their vehicles until 20 minutes before their tee time.

  • Staff will monitor arrivals but will not be checking players in, you must be on time or you will forfeit your booked tee time.

  • Players should arrive ready to play golf. Shoes should be changed in the car park.

  • Please park away from others accessing their car or changing shoes.

  • When the preceding match is on the tee the two groups immediately following will be permitted to use the practise facilities adjacent to the Pro shop (putting green, chipping green and driving net) until they, in turn, advance to the tee.

  • Scorecards will be provided outside the Golf Shop for anyone who wants them. Please do not exchange scorecards.

 
On-Course Items 

  • All rakes have been removed. Course furniture including ball washers, benches, bins and drinking fountains are not in use. Please do not touch.

  • All other removable items have been removed, except for stakes defining areas of the course, which are to be treated as immovable obstructions.

  • On course toilet facilities adjacent to the 11th tee will be available. They will be cleaned regularly and are equipped with wipes for members to wipe down surfaces they have touched following use.

  • Members and Guests are encouraged to carry their own sanitisers.

 

ON COURSE 

  • Players must not tee off until their allocated tee time.

  • Players must always abide by the distancing requirements of at least 2m/6ft; while waiting to tee off, walking to the ball, searching for a ball and playing shots.

  • Golfers should not touch stray balls.

  • Flags are to stay in the hole AT ALL TIMES, please do not touch the flag poles other than with a putter or similar in accordance with local rules.

  • Bells will not be covered as they are part of the safety system during play. Please strike the bell without touching it by using a club.

  • Bunkers: members may elect to take a preferred lie within 6 inches of the original spot and not nearer to the hole than that spot and the area cannot be smoothed before placing. Please make best efforts to smooth the sand using a club and/or feet once the shot has been taken.

 

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