During the current restrictions caused by COVID-19, the Club would like to inform Members and visitors of the following:
The Board has updated the original plan, which identifies the measures to be adopted by the Club. These measures are compliant with government guidelines and have been informed by guidance published by the R&A, England Golf and others.
The course set up will be very similar to that which was in place immediately before lockdown. Benches, bins, bunker rakes and ball-washers will be removed or taken out of use and hole cups will be inverted to allow balls to be removed without touching the liner. Hand sanitiser dispensers will be positioned at the first tee, 9th green, 18th green and in the on-course toilets.
Members are required to observe government social distancing guidelines at all times and comply with the Club’s Covid-19 Code of Conduct as follows:
a) Clubs, trolleys and equipment should be kept at home and brought to the Club in your car. Use of lockers and the trolley shed for storage will be allowed in exceptional circumstances but only by arrangement with the office.
b) On arrival, park leaving a clear space between cars if possible.
c) Come to the Club dressed for golf. The locker rooms will not be available for changing, so please change your shoes in the car park.
d) Please arrive only 10-20 minutes before your tee time.
e) Access to the course from the car park will be via the path adjacent to the clubhouse, turning clockwise around the practice putting green. Please follow the directional signs.
f) Toilets will be open, but subject to strict social distancing and the showers are not to be used. Two-way access to the locker rooms is via the entrances to the course but please give way to others coming in the opposite direction. Access to the interior of the clubhouse from the locker rooms remains closed.
g) Wait on the practice green or lawn and keep away from the first tee until the group ahead of you has teed off.
h) At the first tee, announce your presence to the Professionals who will check your booking on BRS and remind you of the social distance requirements and the temporary local rules.
i) On the course, only touch your own ball. Do not pick up stray golf balls.
j) Do not touch the flagsticks.
k) Do your best to smooth bunkers without using a rake.
l) Look after your own litter and take it home with you.
m) On completion of the round, exit the course by the designated route (if leaving from the 18th green this is the path adjacent to the compressor).
Refreshments may be purchased from the Spike Bar for consumption on the clubhouse terrace subject to social distancing and a maximum of 4 people per table.
Use of the upper practice ground will be limited to a short warm-up before play, and the bottom practice ground will be open for general practice. Players using any practice facilities must use and retrieve their own balls. The chipping area and practice green will be available, but pins will be removed and social distance must be maintained. Occupancy will be limited to 2 players on each of the practice grounds, 2 players on the chipping area and 4 on the practice putting green.
The practice net will continue to be out of use.
The Professionals’ shop will be open but subject to a limit of one customer at a time. .
Access to the Clubhouse will be available between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm.
We recognise that the above arrangements are still some way short of those which members and players are used to, but we believe that by following the above guidelines players will have the best opportunity to safely enjoy as much golf as possible. The plan will be kept under review and revised to meet changing circumstances and guidelines.
Play safe, Stay safe.
The Board of Directors