As announced in my last update some competition play is returning for bowls and golf which, I am sure, will be welcomed by many of our members. The competition committees for both bowls and golf are in the process of distributing details which should have been received by the time this update is issued.
The other main change is that arrangements are in place to re-open the practise net and chipping green as from this coming weekend and followed by the putting green opening the following weekend. When using these facilities please ensure that social distancing is adhered to at all times.
While it is still highly likely that it will be some weeks before the clubhouse will be open it is positive news for the club that both members and visitors are able to enjoy the course and green especially in the current good weather.
I am pleased to report that our membership numbers has increased over the weeks since the course and green re-opened with 16 new golf members and 2 new bowls members now swelling our ranks. Membership subscriptions from new and existing members in May were much higher then anticipated as were visitor green fees and while this has been very positive for the club we are still looking at a sizable deficit this year but far lower then I was fearing this time last month. Early indications are that June will also be positive in terms of green fees and attracting new members, which will be very welcome indeed.
The board will continue to monitor the financial outlook for the year over the coming weeks and months and what steps will need to be taken, if any, to ensure the club’s future remains secure.
For completeness I have updated the rules that we are operating for both bowls and golf repeated and confirm that they comply with guidance from the appropriate national bodies.
– The green will continue to be open on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
– Time slots will be 10.30 -12.00, 12.30 – 2.00, 2.30 – 4.00, 4.30 – 6.00 and 6.30 – 8.00.
– The direction of the green will be set in advance and this should not be altered
– Everyone must book a slot as we cannot allow members to just turn up and bowl.
– Booking is to be done through Martin Francis and he will put a calendar on the Club website, so people can see the availability….you can email him at email@example.com or phone or text him on 07941412944.
– Martin will then allocate a rink to you…there will be 3 rinks in use at each time slot to allow for social distancing.
– Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance and no more then 7 days ahead and members will only be allowed 1 slot per day at the moment. It will not be possible to book a regular time slot every day or every week.
– In line with the updated government guidelines you can currently still only play either on your own, with someone from your own household or 1 other person from another household so the maximum per rink will be 2 but extending to playing pairs as from Tuesday 9th June increasing the maximum number per rink to 4 who can all be from different households. Social distancing of 2 metres must be adhered to.
– When playing any measuring for shots to be carried out by one player only who will be nominated at the beginning of any game..
– Please aim to arrive no more then 15 minutes before your allocated time and avoid waiting around the green.
– Mats will be put down and we ask that you leave them in position please and don’t move them….please do not spray them with disinfectant as this could damage the green.
– Jacks should be cleaned before and after use with wipes, sanitiser or soap and water, please do not do this on the green…there is an outside tap by the mint…we will leave disinfectant and washing up liquid there for members to use. Please use 2 jacks if you are from different households.
– The toilets will be available in the men and ladies golf rooms when Scotty is on site…these can be accessed with your key fob. The clubhouse and the changing room will remain closed at all times.
– Will you please not use any of the bins, the seats or the coat stand.
– No visitors or spectators will be permitted.
Procedures to be adhered to :
– Would members please book early but release their bookings as soon as possible if they decide that they will not be using them. This is important for the club as we can offer available and unwanted slots to visitors whose revenue is important to the club and any visitor is a prospective member.
– Members can bring along a guest along at ANY time now and book in the normal way through BRS
– All tee slots have to be booked through BRS in the normal way and Tee times have to be booked in advance and will now remain at 10 minutes apart but will continue to be reviewed.
– We ask that you arrive no more then 15 minutes before your booked time and do not congregate in the car park or throughout the course.
– There are no restrictions for lone players but they still need to book through BRS
– Two players from different households may play together but they must maintain social distancing.
– Two, three and four players from the same or different households may play together in one single group but they must maintain social distancing at all times with no cards being exchanged.
– Where possible please bring along and use your own hand sanitizer to better protect yourselves and others.
– Remember that casual walkers have gotten used to walking the course – signage is being put up requesting that they restrict themselves to the footpaths but members may come across walkers – if so, please be polite and point out that golfers are now playing again and, for safety, walkers should keep to the footpaths only. A post is going out on social media to publicise this
– Marshals will continue to be on the course particularly on busy days to ensure that players are adhering to our procedures and to help any casual walkers that are straying from footpaths.
– Flags on the greens must not be removed for any reason
– Holes have been blocked to stop balls falling to the bottom of the cup.
– Benches should not be used
– All practise facilities remain closed for the time being – putting green, net etc but Stuart will be using the practise area for lessons.
– Bunker rakes will not be available
– Please maintain social distancing with the grounds team and staff on the course at all times
– Rental buggies can be used while the pro shop is open but it is the responsibility of the user to clean all surfaces prior to use. It is important that anyone using a buggy properly wipes it down before use and all materials are available in the buggy ranch. We will also be locking the buggy range from mid afternoon and asking users to ensure that the ranch is locked when they return their buggy.
– The lockers will only be available when Stuart is on site
– Visitors will be given a printed list of the procedures to be followed to play
– If ringing any of the bells, please only do so using your club ……… do not touch with your hand.
– As you know from guidelines already sent out, there should be no buggy sharing unless it is two members living in the same home. Sadly there have been one or two instances of this very important rule being ignored and I appeal to everyone to conform.
– As referenced above we are now able to run competitions and the competition secretary and/or competition organizer will issue detailed guidance on the procedures to be followed to ensure social distancing will be maintained. This will include avoidance of cards having to be signed and exchanged, avoidance of gatherings pre and post any competition, presentations etc etc
Finally few points :
– can I ask that nobody should come to the club if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or any cold or flu like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature
– it would be appreciated if golfers could avoid walking down the path between the club house and bowls green when the bowlers are playing in the direction of club house to the bungalow – this better enables social distancing but please bear in mind that the green is initially open for only 4 days per week and the direction of play is being altered on a weekly basis so the request to avoid transiting on the path between the club house and green will only impact on 4 days in 14 days.
– I am sure that everyone will have noticed the new railing fence between Stuart’s shop and the practise net and to improve security the gates are to be locked and for the time being we are going to trial not using the bottom car park so please use one of the other car parks.
– We have seen a flurry of new membership applications this last week which is very welcome news for the club and also quite a few renewals, albeit a few weeks late. I am now in the process of writing out to any member who renewal is overdue.
I am sorry if there appears to be a lot of dos and don’ts and I know a lot of it is common sense but we are mindful that we want to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Stuart is planning to continue to be in on certain days and, while he is in, will open the clubhouse to enable access to the toilets and washrooms but, unfortunately, the club house will remain closed at all other times.
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club