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STATEMENT FROM GUI AND ILGU
15th October 2020, 11.30amCLICK HERE FOR LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS IN REPUBLIC OF IRELANDPlease find below, guidance which applies to golf club activities in clubs situated in counties assessed at Level 4 in the Irish Government's 'Living with COVID' plan.
At a time when the trajectory of the disease is not where we want it to be, it is essential that all golf clubs operate within this guidance – and in doing so continue to show the high levels of safety consciousness that has been a feature since reopening.
We encourage golfers to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their pre-booked tee time, to play their game and depart the facility as soon as possible afterwards.
Clubs are reminded that no social or other organised gatherings, including committee meetings, should take place at the club.
It is essential that all club officials and members familiarise themselves with this guidance, and play their part in ensuring our sport remains open and accessible at this uncertain time.
Following the Irish Government's announcement in relation to increased restrictions due to COVID-19, golf clubs and golfers located in Level 4 counties must adhere to the following:
• Golfers must not travel outside their county of residence to play golf
• Clubs may continue activities which are qualifying for handicapping purposes but all participants must abide by the domestic travel restrictions at Level 4 (see first point above).
• There are no social gatherings or other organised gatherings such as meetings of any size, at the facility.
• Clubhouse access should be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach. Pro-shop access may need to be curtailed. It can be used for check-in purposes, click and collect services and other services as outlined here
• All cafes and restaurants, including bars, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining/service (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing – please consult www.gov.ie for details, note possible exceptions for Dublin)
• Members, their guests, visitors and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the golf course/clubhouse
• Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course.
• Personnel are on hand to monitor adherence with physical distancing rules and the rules for golfers set out in this document.
• Tee times are booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players names (including members' guests and visitors) are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.
• Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of 8, 9 or 10 minute intervals. Clubs may only choose one interval for each day. If clubs choose 8+ minute intervals, play is restricted to 2 golfers per start time. If clubs choose 9+ minutes, up to 3 golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time.
• Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific Government guidance will be provided.
• Training: Outdoors – non-contact training only in pods of up to 15. Indoors – individual training only.
• Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick.
• Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. (See Appendix 2 as previously published for measures which can be taken in qualifying situations)
• Hire trolleys (electric and pull trolleys) must be sanitised prior to each use.
• Caddies are not permitted (exception: where the group of golfers and the caddies are from the same household or an individual has a disability/additional needs).
• The use of golf buggies is discouraged. Where a golf buggy must be used, it should be used by one person only (except where an individual has a disability/additional needs), and it cannot be exchanged between people during the round. Members of the same household may share a buggy and buggies must be sanitized thoroughly after each use.
Further guidance will be issued to clubs in line as and when government change the Level 4 status.
Clubs seeking guidance on Annual General Meetings are encouraged to email email@example.com for support. Image: Rosapenna Golf Club (Sandy Hills), County Donegal.