What a trying time we are experiencing in relation to our golf, and more than likely, with our lives in general. In the last couple of days, we have had golf in both NSW and Victoria completely closed down for both competition and social golf. We have had Golf Australia and Golf NSW strongly recommend that all courses should close for an indefinite period.
Earlier today we also received additional advice from Golf Australia that although Golf Australia cannot force clubs to close, Governments will now begin to apply penalties under the relevant health legislation.
In this context, and following lengthy discussion with the Golf Club Committee and Ainslie Group, a decision has been taken to close the course and practice areas effective from midnight on Tuesday 31 March, until further notice.
This means that players will not be permitted on the course or practice facilities at any time. For those that are used to being able to get some exercise by playing holes by themselves, this will no longer be permitted. Please adhere to these changed arrangements. Failure to do so by members may be dealt with under the Club’s Code of Conduct. This is in addition to any penalties applied under the law by the relevant authorities.
Pro-shop services will cease for the duration of the close-down. The Pro-shop’s Club storage area will be open 9.00–11.00 am tomorrow if members wish to collect any of their items. Other access times will be advised by Murray.
Pre-eminent in our considerations in taking this drastic action was the health of all players who use the course, both our members and social golfers. Our action in closing the course is in line with the actions being taken by other courses in the region and more widely around the country.
We will, in the coming weeks, work with the Ainslie Group in thinking through the issues around membership and how we can ensure an equitable outcome for our members who, can now not play golf for a period. When these discussions have been held, and agreement reached, we will let you know what is intended.
I would encourage everyone to check-in at the Club’s website and/or on our page on Facebook to stay informed. These are our primary channels of communication and the places to go for staying up-to-date.
All the best, look after yourselves and stay healthy. We hope to be playing again soon.