Club Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) 22/03/20
From Golf Australia
“On Sunday, March 22 the Australian Government announced a closure – from midday, Monday, March 23 – of all pubs, licensed clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes (dining in), cinemas, casinos, places of worship gyms and indoor sporting venues.
Golf Australia is currently seeking clarity from government on the effect of this announcement on golf courses, and we are working to revert with information as soon as practicable to all Australian Clubs and Facilities”
“It is vitally important that if a member, guest or staff member tests positive to COVID-19, they must inform the club/facility as soon as possible. If this has occurred, anyone testing positive will be contacted by the State/Territory Department of Health in relation to contact tracing.”
At this stage…
- The 19th Tee Bar & Bistro is closed
- Queens Park Golf Club competitions are still on
- Temporary Changes to the Rules are in effect
We’ll post updates on the website and Facebook as they come to hand.
Below is a summary of the New Temporary Rules to be effective from tomorrow at Queens Park Golf Club. The General Committee has been monitoring the advice that has been coming in daily from bodies such as the R&A, Golf Australia as well as local, state and federal levels of government.
Given the announcements this afternoon, we are uncertain about our access to facilities and the course from Tuesday, 24 March. We will post information out as soon as we are contacted from the City of Greater Geelong.
Please pass this message onto members who do not use Facebook or email. We will try to contact as many as possible.
On behalf of the General Committee
NEW TEMPORARY RULES
Effective Immediately – 22 March 2020
RULE T1: SCORING AND SCORECARDS
Players are to mark their own cards when playing individual competitions
- Mark your own card
- Select a ‘marker’ as per normal and player is to record the markers score on their own card. Some form of communication and certification of each other’s scores is still required
- Player to sign their own card – marker signature is not required
- Marker’s name must be recorded on your card – directly under your name as Player 2
- CARD IS NOT TO BE SCANNED. PLEASE RETURN TO SCORECARD SLOT (MEN) and SCORECARD BOX (WOMEN) AS NORMAL.
- Cards will be scanned/entered by the Committee Representative on the player’s behalf
- Player must still sign their card
- Cards will be immediately discarded after competition has been finalised
RULE T2: FLAGSTICKS
- Flagsticks must always be left in the hole
- If a player removes a flagstick, a 1 shot penalty will apply to that player for each individual offence
RULE T3: BUNKERS
- Do not use rakes in bunkers (likely to have been removed)
- Preferred lies are now available in all bunkers
- If the preferred lie option is taken in bunkers:
- Lift your ball, smooth bunker with your foot or club and place your ball as closely as possible to its original position before being lifted
- Smoothing sand is acceptable, building sand or manufacturing better lies in any other way is not acceptable
- If the preferred lie option is taken in bunkers:
ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CHANGES IN EFFECT
- Nearest the Pins have been suspended until further notice.
- Presentations in Bistro have been suspended until further notice.
- Two tee starts on Wednesday Competitions will be replaced with Rolling Starts effective immediately.
EXPLANATION OF TEMPORARY RULES CHANGES.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new temporary local rules have been added to our current local rules. We have selected rules that are as unobtrusive as possible. If these rules are not effective and followed, there are further measures such as removing flags completely that can be introduced. As the guidance we receive changes, so may these temporary rules change. These rules will be in effect until Golf Australia advises otherwise.
These rules have been brought into place following advice from Golf Australia and the R&A. All measures taken are for every members, staff, committee and the public’s health and safety in the current environment. Please follow. Even if you are not concerned about catching the virus, be aware there are a lot of others who are very worried. Currently, there are Clubs closing their doors completely, we are currently still operating under these guidelines. Breaches of these new rules may result in our club closing competitions etc.
Additional information received from Golf Australia:
The R&A has announced overnight a series of temporary measures that will enable clubs to remove any hygiene implications related to complying with the Rules of Golf. These temporary measures are effective immediately and allow the Rules of Golf, and Model Local Rules, to be modified as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In response to the R&A’s announcement, the Chairman of Golf Australia, Andrew Newbold, said: “The game of golf can offer a level of social engagement which will become increasingly important for many Australians. We want to do what we can to enable people to be provided with a recreational outlet, especially as concerns around mental and physical health will become more prominent. Golf Australia encourages every club to take advantage of this temporary flexibility that has been announced by the R&A, and to consider options which will ensure the Rules are not acting as a barrier to people getting out and enjoying the game.”