Temporary Local Rule: Tree stump grinding areas.
Due to the tree stumps on the course being ground down, the Match Committee has implemented the following temporary local rule.
“Any ground affected by recent stump grinding, including temporary accumulations of stump grindings in the general area is to be treated as GUR from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1”
Timesheets for the 2020 Club Championships will open on Thursday 24 September at 7:00pm.
Priority will be given to members entering the Championships over those wanting to play in individual day events. From 24 September to 3 October bookings will only be accepted for players choosing to play in the full 4 day event.
Members can book and pay online via the usual booking sheets. The cost to enter this year’s event is $60. Payment of $60 must be made by credit card at the time of online booking. Booking and payment will also be accepted through the Proshop.
On 24 September, the timesheet for Round 1 only will open. Once player numbers and tee times for Round 1 have been finalised the Match Committee will create bookings for remaining rounds using the same as tee time that a player has booked for Round 1. Players will have the ability to change tee times from 7 pm on 1 October 2020, provided there is a vacant tee time.
At 7pm on 3 October 2020 the timesheets for all rounds will be opened to members wishing to book for individual day competitions, payment to be made online at the time of booking or at the pro shop. Competition fees for individual day events will be $15.
As with the 2019 Club Championships, all play will be from the first tee in each round to give our greens staff maximum opportunity to present the course to the standard expected of our Championships.
It is a requirement that members have paid their 2020-21 subscription fee to play in the Club Championships. Consistent with recent advice, membership fees are payable by 1 October. Any members that book in for the event, but do not subsequently renew their membership, will be removed from the timesheets prior to the commencement of round 1.
Members would have recently noticed a considerable amount of work being undertaken by the greens staff as well as volunteers. Removing dangerous and damaging trees throughout the course is a priority. In our attempts to remove the dirt piles on the side of 1 and 9, we are identifying areas that present opportunities for future course improvements. For instance, the area to the right of the 6th tee is being shaped to open up the option of a future alternative tee – this is a medium to long term project. There will be other areas where this dirt can be distributed around the course, in a way that can support future structural improvements. We will keep members informed of further plans.
The back of the 4th green is also under construction thanks to Dad’s Army. Thank you also to long time member Mark Porecca for his donation of his time, his bobcat and his truck. In addition to being a source of frustration for many golfers, this garden bed was a high maintenance item, and has been removed with the view to having it as a section of rough.
Over the winter months, members will note that there will be extensive work to the water hazards around the course. The newly purchased reach mower is already being utilised to trim to the water’s edge and neaten up the area without the use of herbicides, which can contribute to erosion around our waterways.
You are no doubt aware that implementing physical distancing requirements has reduced the number of competition time slots available. The Committee, Murray and Ainslie Group are currently exploring options to increase the availability of competition spots on both weekdays and weekends. Despite this, it is apparent that we will need to introduce some form of booking restrictions to ensure all members have the opportunity to play in one of our competitions.
We have delayed the opening of next weekends time sheets until 7pm Wednesday to provide additional time to work through these issues and get the best outcome for all members. We will provide further advice shortly.
Thank you for your continued understanding as we work through the evolving challenges of playing golf at this time.
You would likely all be aware of the change in the guidance issued by Golf NSW and the ACT Government that golf is now being viewed as a form of ‘exercise’ rather than a ‘sport’. This means clubs in the ACT and NSW have been informed that golf can recommence, under very strict guidelines.
Albeit that golf is now considered to fall outside the restrictions all the advice we have received counsels strong against it being business as usual.
We have also been reminded that participants who are aged over 70, aged over 65 with a pre-existing condition or indigenous people aged over 50 with a pre-existing condition are advised to stay home wherever possible for their own protection. At Gungahlin Lakes we have a reasonable number of members in a couple of these categories and are very conscious of taking measures to support the health of these folks and of course others.
The situation is evolving rapidly. These restrictions may change with little or no notice.
In this context the CEO of the Ainslie Group with the support of our Professional and your Golf Club Committee have agreed that, for the time being, the course will remained closed until further notice. We will not be opening, closing and opening the course on the basis of what is rapidly changing advice. We will open the course only when there is certainty about people being able to play and continuing playing, which will hopefully be in the near future.
I encourage all members to check-in regularly on the Website and on the Facebook page to stay informed on the latest updates.
The R&A supported by Golf Australia and the various State bodies have announced a series of temporary measures that will enable clubs to reduce any hygiene implications related to the Corona Virus (COVID–19) and complying with the Rules of Golf.
The temporary measures outlined below will take effect from the commencement of the competition on Wednesday (25 March) and remain in place until further notice. Some changes to the operation of the Pro-shop have already been implemented by Murray Blair, our Golf Professional. Key among these is payment by card only. Please be prepared for this. Murray will advise when arrangements within the Pro-shop are further adjusted.
As you would be aware, the Ainslie Group has ceased the trading of the Social Clubs until further notice. In this context, there will be no access to the Spike Bar and/or the seating within this bar area, until the Social Club trading recommences.
If you play with club members who English language skills are not strong, please take some time to talk with them about these new arrangements.
The new arrangements, as notified below, will apply as Local Rules for the playing of Competition Golf on the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. These Local Rules will also be notified on the Local Rules Board outside the door of the Pro-shop and on our Facebook page.
- Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).
- Enter your Marker’s score on your card e.g. your scorecard should have both sets of scores recorded.
- It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place.
- Write your Marker’s name where your Marker would normally sign.
- Scorecards are to be entered into the kiosk as usual. Please use a pencil or tee when ‘tapping’ the screen. Doing this will alleviate the need to touch the screen with any part of one’s person. Once the scores have been entered place your cards into the box, as you would normally do.
- Committee members will continue to check the cards while doing ‘closeout’ but will use protective gloves when handling the scorecards to minimise the risk of transmission.
- Players MUST leave the flagstick in the hole at all times.
- If over coming days/weeks this rule is not adhered to, the Committee has decided a further Local Rule will be applied where players will incur a Standard Penalty (2 Shots) for breach of the Local Rule.
- A device will be placed in each hole to ensure that players can lift their ball easily out of the hole without touching the sides of the cup. A ball at rest in the hole will be considered to be holed even if it is not entirely below the level of the hole.
- Please do not pick-up another person’s golf ball.
- Rakes will be removed from all Bunkers. it is recognised that bunkers may not be smoothed as effectively, as when rakes are on the course but we consider this to be acceptable in mitigating the risk of transmission. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club after their shot.
- Should your ball come to rest in an area that has not been ‘smoothed’ adequately, players my place their ball within a card length of the affected lie. Good practice would be to consult your playing partner if you deemed it necessary ‘place’ your ball.
- Bunkers will be machine screed by the Greens’ staff as is done now in the normal course of bunker maintenance.
- Sand buckets should continue to be used to fill divots. Our suggestion to players is that they handle the bucked with their ‘gloved’ hand or using a piece of cloth for added protection.
- Due to the risk of transmission, only single-player use of golf carts will be permitted We cannot afford for there to be a perception that we are not taking the social distancing seriously.
- With single player cart use, it would be sensible to make a cart booking with the Pro-shop.
These measures have been put in place for your safety and the safety of others. We ask you strictly adhere to these changes until further notice.
Good luck to all players in the Summer Cup. Saturday is the Final round
Check the leader boards to see where you need to score a last effort 3 or 4 pointer!
Emergency incidents do happen on golf courses. One day you may need to call 000 for assistance and will need to direct emergency services to the nearest gate access on the course.
Your ACTION PLAN if Emergency Services are required is
1st call – 000 (or on mobile 112 if 000 fails). Give details of incident and exact location on the course. Emergency Plus Australia App is a useful addition to your mobile phone,
2nd call – Proshop or Club Reception to ensure gate key is readily available.
Stay with casualty and provide assistance until emergency services arrive.
Keys to access gates are held by the Proshop, Greenkeeper, Club Reception and some Emergency Services.
The gates are brightly marked with letters A – H for easy identification. Next time you play please take note of their location.
A copy of the gate location plan is on the wall at the entry to the Spike Bar. See also GUNGAHLIN LAKES GOLF CLUB _Golf Course Emergency Access Plan
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