Protocol for play during Coronavirus restrictions

Issue date: 8th July 2020 

 By order of the Managing Committee the following protocol will have effect from 8th July 2020 until further notice: 

GENERAL 

  •  From 8th July 2020 the course will be open to members and member’s guests playing a single round of golf pre booked on the BRS system either online or through the Pro shop. Members are responsible for making their guests aware of the requirements of this Protocol. 

  • Members booking Guests through the BRS facility will be liable upon booking for an advanced deposit of £10 per guest and names must be provided to the Pro Shop within 24 hrs for entry on to a track and trace register. The deposit is non refundable. 

  • Tee times are spaced at 10 min intervals 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 unless they are signing in to use the refreshment facilities at the Clubhouse. 

  • For Social Distancing requirements when using the Bar facilities please refer to the appropriate signage displayed at the relevant entrance. 

 

FACILITIES THAT ARE CLOSED OR WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

  •  Golf Shop – access during opening times in accordance with Professional’s social distancing requirements.

  • 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. The arrival time prior to allocated tee time has been increased to 20 mins to allow for players to make use of these practice facilities adjacent to the Pro shop. There will be a maximum of 4 players putting or chipping at any one time. 

  • The “iron” practice area adjacent to Brass Castle lane and the practice chipping green behind the 16th Green are open. 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 time of 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. 

  • Cleaning of shoes/equipment must be performed at home. The shoe and pressure cleaner are out of use. 

 
PRE GOLF 

  • Members and Guests are to remain in their vehicles until 20 minutes before their tee time. Please do not arrive earlier than 20 mins before your 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 

  • Once the preceding group has left the tee those immediately following are then permitted on the tee.

  • 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. Holes are equipped with a PVC pipe/foam placed in to prop up a ball that is in the hole so that all of the ball does not fall well below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only. Note; other devices may be introduced to assist in ball retrieval from time to time. 

  • 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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