England Golf Advice For Golfers – COVID19

We received the following advice from England Golf today which I felt I should pass on to the membership to reinforce the position:

Golf Club & Golfers (COVID-19) Updates

• Bar and dining facilities within clubhouses must now be closed

• Golfers suffering from or showing symptoms of the COVID-19 infection must self-isolate and stay away from their golf club. The length of time spent in self-isolation should be in line with government recommendations

• Vulnerable groups or those with underlying health issues should heed government advice to self-isolate

• Golf clubs should prominently display public health posters available via the NHS England website. These posters should act as a reminder to follow the 20-second handwashing techniques recommended by Public Health England

• Golf clubs should consider installing extra hand sanitizers around their facility, on or near teeing areas and practice areas

• To minimise social contact in locker rooms golfers should be allowed to change shoes in the car park

• Golf club staff and volunteers – while taking precautions for their own health such as wearing protective gloves – should carry out regular cleaning of surfaces and door handles used by patrons. Where possible doors should be left ajar

• Cash transactions should be avoided and card payments encouraged

• Clubs may wish to offer a takeaway service for food to minimise the need for social contact

• On the course, golfers should try to maintain a minimum distance of two metres between themselves and playing partners. Take care to adhere to this on teeing grounds and greens

• Golfers should consider playing in smaller groupings – i.e two balls – to adhere with social distancing

• Golfers should leave the flagstick in the hole at all times and clubs should remove rakes from the course to limit the risk of infection spreading from hand to hand

• Buggies should be for solo use only and cleaned after every outing. Golfers should only use their own trolley and clean it after every round

• Common courtesies – handshakes and embraces in accordance with the accepted etiquette of the game – are to be avoided. Offering a thumbs up or some other form of friendly greeting should be used as an alternative

• Greenkeepers should remove pins from practice putting greens

Your co-operation is essential during these unprecedented times.


Gary Salt
General Manager

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