Below is my latest update with some changes on the golf side such as the planned introduction of some singles competitions, reminding members of course protocol, buggy cleaning and for all members, overdue fees.
My plan is to continue to provide regular updates to members to maintain the information flow on how the club is coping with this crisis.
As detailed in my last report, the bowls green opened last Thursday which was well received by all players.
The procedures for both bowls and golf remain unchanged but for completeness I have repeated them here and re-affirm that they comply with guidance from the appropriate national bodies.
- The green will be open in the first instance on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with the first day being Thursday May 21st
- Time slots will be 10.30 -12.30, 1.00 – 3.00, 3.30 – 5.30 and 6.00 – 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 government guidelines you can 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…there is to be no pairs played. Social distancing of 2 metres must be adhered to.
- When playing please avoid measuring for shots.
- 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.
- If any member would like to bring along a guest please talk to Stuart
- 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 until the end of the month and reviewed then.
- 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 fours balls comprising players from the same households may play together
- 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
- As raised by Alan Mawhinney in his May briefing we are aware that, very occasionally, groups are joining up to play in threes or fours when out of sight of the club house. This is not currently permitted unless from the same household and, ignoring this rule, leaves the club open to criticism or worse so please do not be tempted
- 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.
One piece of positive news is that I have had a conversation with England Golf on whether we can start playing some singles competitions providing that it does not result in gatherings, presentations, exchanging cards for signature and the simple answer is “yes” providing we have appropriate procedures in place. As a result Alan Mawhinney and Ian Cornthwaite will be developing and publishing the procedures to be adhered to following which we will see some competition back on the cards – HURRAH !!!!!
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. To provide advance warning on this, the plan is to start locking the gates from early next week.
- 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 will be writing out next week to any member who renewal is overdue so would encourage any member who is yet to renew to contact Stuart or Judith as soon as possible.
- Members will be well aware that we have submitted a planning application for the old practise ground at Meadow Lane and, regrettably, I have to report to members that our application was turned down in favour of a competing application at Buryfields in Bury village. This is a huge disappointment for the club as the funds that would have eventually resulted for the club would have ensured our future.
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