Dear Members,

As I have reiterated throughout this period of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) uncertainty, the health and safety of our Members and staff is of paramount importance.

At a time when the Coronavirus disrupts the day to day lives of Members, Committee and management are going over and above, in terms of precautions, to ensure our golf course can remain open as long as possible. The Government has advised that golf can continue, and in particular has singled out golf given the importance the game plays to mental and physical health, along with the wellbeing benefits of fresh air, exercise and socially responsible interaction.

Advice from the medical profession has praised the Club stance as sensible and in line with medical guidelines. By its nature, golf promotes a level of social distancing, and while it is important that this is adhered to, golf is a lower risk sport than many others. Golfers should, however, exhibit a heightened awareness of personal hygiene as has been encouraged by state and federal health departments. We also remind Members, if you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting the Club and see your doctor as soon as possible. 

Given the constantly evolving changes we are all facing in relation to the Coronavirus, the following changes have been implemented since my last update:

  • Both the James Melrose and Bonython gates are now closed throughout the day and can only be accessed with your Member gate card.
  • Players teeing off the 10th tee on Saturday 28th March, please use the small putting green adjacent the entrance road.
  • There will not be any more two tee starts following conclusion of play on Saturday 28th March.
  • Tee intervals of 9 minutes will be implemented, commencing Sunday 29th March. Members already booked will be adjusted slightly and notified of their new time.
  • One person only in the practice bunkers.
  • One person only in the warm up net area. 
  • No more than ten Members on the driving range at any one time. The range has been divided into 3m sections. Please do not form queues at the range. 

 

Please keep in mind the social distancing rules at all times. Members playing in groups please avoid socialising in large groups prior or post round, and please keep to groups of four only. In particular, DO NOT stand or sit around the car park or the property drinking, post golf. We are a licenced premise and this behaviour not only jeopardises our licence, but goes against the intent of social distancing rules. Whilst golf is allowed to continue under the new rules, gathering in groups and in particular drinking before and after golf is strictly prohibited. SAPOL are conducting routine inspections and any breach of the Social Gathering Guidelines may result in the Club having no option but to close the course. 

Thank you to all Members for following the ever-changing precautions. I have been overwhelmed by the Member support for one another, and the acceptance of these rapidly changing guidelines. Together, with your assistance in following the proper precautions, we have the best possible opportunity of avoiding further progression through to Stage 5 (course closure). At this point in time I only envision a course closure if a full isolation is called by the Australian Government.

We will continue to monitor accordingly, provide updates to Members on a regular basis, and pass on information when additional Federal Government updates are announced. We remain strong, and we will get through this together. In the meantime, I wish you and your families well during these unprecedented times. Stay safe.

 

Kind Regards

 

Robert Vincekovic,
General Manager