This afternoon clubs received an update from Stuart Fraser, the CEO at Golf NSW advising that the NSW Government is continuing efforts to finalise guidelines for recreation, exercise, and sport. Golf NSW further advised (later in the day) that NSW golf clubs should anticipate the playing of golf in groups of four from Friday, 15 May with outdoor gathering numbers not exceeding 10 persons. Confirmation of the NSW Government guidelines is not expected until Wednesday, 13 May.
The situation in the ACT is that on Wednesday 13 May, the President of our DGA will participate in an ACT Government VIDCON where representatives of all sporting bodies will hear the Government’s plan for the resumption of sport in the ACT. We are hopeful that the ACT Government’s proposals will be aligned with those of NSW, and that we will gain approval to return to four-person golf, with continuing social distancing and personal hygiene requirements remaining in place.
However, until there is a formal announcement that four-person golf is authorised by the ACT Government, the current restrictions of two-person golf will continue with associated social distancing and other requirements continuing to apply.
Please be assured, as soon as we have definitive advice in relation to the ACT, I will let you know. In the interim, we will start our planning to return to four off the Tee.
On the operation of the course and after consultation with CEO Ainslie (and our Course Superintendent, Shane) we have agreed that the current course opening arrangements will continue. For some context, Shane and his team have been using Mondays to catch up on tasks that would otherwise be put-off or disrupt golf. With assistance from Mark Hynes and Michael Brice (members of the Greens Committee) and Mike Hogben (our Vice Captain) a number of trees are being removed which is something done most safely when the course is closed. Today, two large trees (Poplars) were taken down on the 13th (nearing the approach to the Green) which could only have been done when golf was not being played.
CEO Ainslie agrees that we should return to full operation as soon as this is practical and economic and he too, is hoping this can be sooner rather than later. Until our return to seven-day operation, six days is not too bad and allows us to play very regular golf.