It was fantastic to see so many of our members out on the course yesterday enjoying the sunshine and I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has worked very hard to develop the procedures to make re-opening as safe as we can. It is a long list covering Neil and his team for their fantastic achievements in maintaining the course and managing the procedural changes to meet England Golf’s guidance, Glenn Cripps from the greens committee in working with Neil on the changes, Alan Malwinney and the golf committee on managing the marshals, the marshals themselves who will continue to patrol the course to ensure that the rules are followed, Stuart for managing the booking system and all of our members who are taking the opportunity to get
t out and enjoy a return to playing with happy, smiley faces.
I have updated the “rules” to reflect minor changes and will continue to do this as we react to how we can best manage the situation for the benefit of members and the club. We are relaxing the “no guest” rule and will look to open up the course to visitors on a gradual basis but this change will be on the basis that if there are booking slots available 24 hours ahead of a given day then Stuart will be offering those slots out to visitors so I encourage members to make their own bookings in a timely fashion over the previous week. The club is looking at a sizeable deficit this year as a result of the crisis and anything we can do to bring in much needed revenue without disadvantaging members is the right thing to do.
Procedures to be adhered to :
• Mainly members so book early
• All tee slots have to be booked through BRS in the normal way and Tee times have to be booked in advance and will be 8 minutes apart. 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
• We are planning to have marshals out on the course particularly on busy days who will be there to help any casual walkers that are straying from footpaths and to ensure that players are adhering to our procedures
• 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 are closed for the time being – putting green, net etc
• 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.
• 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
Stuart is planning 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