Latest updates from Golf Australia: (This information has been taken directly from their website.)
25/3, GA has received advice from the office of the Federal Sports Minister that golf can continue to be played while adhering to strict social distancing measures as announced by the Federal Government, and in conjunction with state/territory licensing laws
25/3, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young that approved that Queensland Golf Clubs can operate on their Golf Courses. More information in the Queensland section below.
Please note, all information communicated by Golf Australia to date will be located on their website at https://www.golf.org.au/covid-19/
Our communications moving forward will contain only new information and updates.
COVID-19, or Coronavirus as it is more commonly known, has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates.
Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.
Please note, all information communicated by Golf Australia to date will be located on our website at https://www.golf.org.au/covid-19/. Our communications moving forward will contain only new information and updates.
It is Golf Australia’s recommendation to clubs and facilities that advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health be monitored closely in coming days and weeks, as well as the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website. Advice may change daily.
Please note, Golf Australia remains fully operational for all of your club and facility support, rules and handicapping and competition management requirements. For contact details of each departmental area, please visit https://www.golf.org.au/contactus/.
Considering the recent announcements, Clubs that are permitted to operate should be doing all they can to protect the privilege of being able to play our sport during these challenging times. Clubs should actively discourage the congregation of players and not drawing any undue attention to their hospitality offerings.
Clubhouse & Golf Operations
On Sunday, March 22, the Australian Government announced a closure – from midday, Monday, March 23 – of all pubs, licensed clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes (dining in), cinemas, casinos, places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues.
Any further advice received by Golf Australia will be communicated to clubs and facilities immediately. We acknowledge that industry advisory bodies are updating registered clubs and we are aware of this advice. Golf Australia’s advice is based on communications with government and we will continue to liaise with government on all matters over the coming hours and days.
The closure of licensed venues has affected the operations of clubs in each state differently. Please read the specific advice below that affects your club.
In addition to the below, you should continue to review your operational plans. Practical examples of this include:
Removing ‘shotgun’ and ‘two-tee’ starts to reduce peak service loads across the course
Creating larger gaps between groups on time sheets
Reducing or cancelling club competitions with a heightened focus on social play
Review the need for the pro shop to operate, or operate on a reduced capacity.