This should be the final update for members before the course re-opens on Monday March 29th and the bowls green shortly after on April 1st and covers the final arrangements that are in place.
The basis of play for the club will be :
: Golf – Format of play – up to and including 4 balls
- Initially the course will be open for members and their guests with the booking system opening last Sunday for booking from March 29th. Please release tee bookings as early as possible if you find that you will not need them.
- The course will be opened up to visitors at a later date subject to tee time availability but members will be given a booking window of seven days while visitors will have a shorter period. If we find that we have plenty of tee time availability over the next couple of weeks on any given day Stuart will start letting visitors who ring in on the day in question but this will be closely monitored to ensure that members are not disadvantaged.
- As at today the course condition is good but please be aware that Neil and his team have been struggling with the consequences of the flood in that the course has taken a long time to dry out, that parts of the course are still very wet and we are still struggling with the non availability of certain machines which are due for repair or replacement. In view of this please be happy that you are back playing and not be too critical of the conditions !!!
- Also as at todays date buggies can be used but please protect the course as much as possible by keeping to the rough and semi rough.
- Please be aware that we have had a lot of casual walkers out enjoying the course during lockdown and while notices are being put out and messages sent out on social media announcing that golf is returning you may happen upon walkers so please be nice and let anyone know that golf is back.
- Social distancing still needs to be adhered to so please follow the rules that were set up last year for everyone’s safety.
- 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.
- 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.
- Flags on the greens must not be removed or touched for any reason
- The ball retrievers have been re-installed which I appreciate are not everyone’s favoured solution but the restrictions on handling flags should only continue to apply for another month or so and the retrievers are a solution that presents the least risk of infection.
- Benches should not be used
- 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.
- Should you need to access your locker prior to resuming golf, this can only be permitted by arrangement with Scotty/Mitch
- Visitors, when they are able to play, 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
: Bowls – The Green opens on April 1st – detailed guidance on play has now been received from the National Executive. The County executive are meeting on Monday evening and details will be circulated early next week in readiness for the bowls green opening on Thursday but the booking procedures have already been issued.
: Initially the club house will remain closed, probably until May 17th but we hope to be serving food and beverage outside from April 12th subject to government guidance.
: Stuart will be on site to open changing rooms for access to toilets but his shop will remain closed to customers and please note that Stuart will lock the changing rooms when he leaves each day.
: The decking is being re-oiled and, dependant on how long this process takes, it may be out of bounds for a few days and please note that all benches have been taken off the deck for this reason
: The most important matter is to enjoy playing both golf and bowls, and be happy that the restrictions are being lifted while keeping to the rules so no gathering, hugging etc etc
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club