Our greenkeepers have worked tirelessly over the last 7 weeks to ensure that the course is in superb condition for its much-anticipated reopening. The following outlines the changes to how we must operate and play golf during these unprecedented times.
BOOKING TEE TIMES (MEMBERS)
Please understand that to ensure as many members as possible can play in the first week, the course will be for members only at the outset. We will access and monitor usage for the first week and adjust rulings accordingly. Members should log into the members' area and review this information in full but for the remainder of May:
1-ball or 2-ball play. Under government rules released on 11 May, the following groupings will be permitted upon resumption of play:
- Individuals playing golf on their own
- Two-balls comprising of individuals from different households
- At the discretion of the golf club, members of the same household playing in two, three or four-balls
- It is essential that you list all members per tee time.
Tee times – members will be able to book Tee Times from 7.30 am.
With immediate effect, all golf will be played from the first tee only. There will be a marshall/starter to ensure our Health and Safety and general adherence to the Government Guidelines are being followed.
Members guests are able to be booked in to play from from 20th May.
Members will only be able to book a Tee time with a guest after 11 am from Sunday to Friday; there will be no availability for member’s guests on a Saturday, this is reserved for members only.
BOOKING TEE TIMES (GREEN FEE VISITORS)
The course will be open to Green Fees subject to Member demand and following an initial period where the course will be open to members only:
Bookings taken from 20 May.
9 or 18 holes.
1-ball or 2 ball pairings only, in line with the guidelines.
Visitors will only be able to book a tee time with a guest after 11am. Booking tee times from 11am Sunday to Friday. There will be no availability for visitors on a Saturday, this is reserved for members only.
COURSE SET UP
To ensure we ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’:
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your allocated tee time. You may use your 15 minutes in the practice nets, on the putting green or both. The direction of travel will now be from the car park to the practice net and then onto the putting green. You will see markers representing 2 metre spacing on the right hand side of the path; these are yellow and red.
Please step up to the tee promptly and tee off at your allocated time. Stay clear of the other player on the tee; social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.
The flag poles will be in the holes but must not be moved. There are cups/sand at a regulated height that will ensure your ball is proud of the hole and can be picked up by you. Do not pick up somebody else’s ball.
The Course Bunker Rakes have been removed. We have bought some mini-rakes. Each player will be provided with a mini-rake ON LOAN, which can be clipped to the grip of a golf club for personal use only. At the end of the round, please place the mini-rakes in the bucket provided for washing prior to being used by another golfer.
It is strongly advised that all course furniture remains prohibited.
There will be no organised golf until further notice.
Before the Round
The lockers rooms are open for limited access only (for example to use the toilets). Due to the size of the changing room and toilet areas, ladies should ensure that only 1 person accesses the area at any one time. Access to the gents will be via the normal lobby entrance and then exit from the side door by the sinks, opposite the Greshams.
You will need a tee time to access the course. These can be booked by logging onto Intelligent Golf or by phoning the Club. If you can’t get through, we will call you back, please be patient!
Single ball or 2-ball play in accordance with the Government Rules.
Tee times have been allocated at 10 minute intervals and the pace rate has been reduced from 1hr 50 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes. Please maintain a quick pace of play because there is great demand for space on the golf course
You are reminded to keep your social distancing when waiting to play.
At busy times, there will be a Marshall/Starter.
During the Round
Keep at least 2 metres apart during the round.
Do not pick up anyone else’s ball.
Do not touch or remove the flagpoles.
Beware of walkers; they are not used to sharing The Chart!
After the Round
Social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round. When the round is over all golfers must leave the course and the club/facility immediately so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area.
Rules of Golf Related Matters/Forms of Play and Scoring
Non-competition play is the Rule of the day during this initial period of golf returning to the Chart. At the earliest date, probably before 1st June, competitions will be re-introduced. And, at that time, revised temporary Rules will be issued to define the scoring, card marking, handicapping and entering of scores. Until 1st June, please simply enjoy your golf and pit your skills against the challenges of our golf course.
Until then, we ask our Members for their cooperation and patience as we attempt to navigate a path which complies with all the Government’s Rules and also meets the normal standards of golf, in a nationwide effort to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. If we follow the rules, we can expect further relaxations.
Thank you for your cooperation, we greatly appreciate it!