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Update from the Board of Directors on COVID procedures from Monday 19th July
Issued Thursday 15th July 2021
The Board of Directors met on Tuesday 13th July to discuss the changes we would make to golf and our facilities following recent Government announcements. The Agenda and Minutes will be published on the web site soon. In summary, we agreed it would be appropriate to follow the English Golf Union (EGU) advice to play safe and stay safe on the course, with a few precautions when using our clubhouse and changing facilities.
We are aware that a significant number of members fall into the extremely clinically vulnerable, or clinically vulnerable categories. Some people have not received their second vaccine. Monday 19th is not a free for all return to what used to be normal before the pandemic began. We respectfully request that all members are mindful of this. Please act and behave with others’ safety and feelings in mind at all times.
Taking various factors into account, including the communications from Government and concern in the community about hospitality venues, the Directors feel it is appropriate, right now, to leave a few sensible precautions in place whilst ensuring we open up in the spirt of the guidance we receive. The Directors recognise that many people can’t wait to be free of the restrictions, whilst many people are also wary of where this may lead in coming weeks. We don’t all think of things in the same way. We have tried to strike the right balance for all and outline our procedures below.
Course and competitions – In line with EGU guidance, it was agreed to revert to pre-pandemic conditions to include:
· The obligation to use track and trace when playing the course will cease.
· Rakes will be replaced in bunkers and the local rule to place the ball in the bunker will be removed.
· Flagsticks may be removed.
· The hole liners will be removed.
· Benches will be replaced on the course.
· Waste bins will be replaced subject to the Head Greenkeepers recommendations on the most appropriate locations. We encourage members to take home any rubbish they create whilst out on the course.
· Ball and shoe cleaners will be reinstated.
· Practice areas will be reinstated to include the indoor practice room. The exception to this is the hole markers on the practice putting green which will not be replaced at this time.
· Sanitising stations will be placed at strategic locations around the course. We encourage members to carry their own personal sanitiser.
· Competition cards may be exchanged between partners if all parties agree. Otherwise the current practice of self-recording and agreeing scores with fellow players may be continued. Personal score entry will continue through HDID.
· These course changes may take a few days to implement and may not be completed until Wednesday 21st July
· In accordance with EGU guidance it was agreed that the current booking system will remain in force for the foreseeable future.
· The new General Manager (Martin Hucklesby) will review and recommend the future direction on tee bookings when he has arrived and has had time to settle into his role.
· Prior to any future commitment to maintaining a booking system, or reverting to the previous roll up option, the members will be invited to vote on the recommendations.
· There will be no change to the first morning tee times which will remain at 7:28am.
· The current option to play the back 9 holes Friday to Sunday will be maintained but will be discussed with the Head Greenkeeper to determine whether this could be expanded to other days.
· Whilst the pro shop is seen as primarily the responsibility of the Head Professional to operate as he sees fit (within club contractual arrangements), we have offered advice on the wearing of masks and to recommend the maintaining of the protective screens around the counter area.
· Teaching professionals will be reminded that a mask is desirable unless agreed otherwise with those being instructed.
Changing rooms and showers
· It was agreed that whilst not obligatory, members will be told that the wearing of masks in the changing room is preferable.
· The showers will be re-opened and may be used, subject to members making their own risk assessment when using them. We respectfully ask you to keep your distances and to do your best to keep the showers clean after use. Think of the next person using them.
Clubhouse Lounge, Restaurant and Spike Bar
· Whilst not obligatory, the track and trace system in the clubhouse will be maintained, and its use is strongly encouraged.
· The one way system will be removed.
· Whilst not obligatory, we would prefer people to wear masks whilst moving around the lounge area.
· Table service in the lounge area (including the external patio area) will cease and members will need to order from the bar. In order to protect staff and members, congregation in the bar area will not be permitted. A system to ensure social distancing is maintained in the bar area will be established.
· To protect members who are wary of the relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the restaurant area will be maintained as a socially distanced area with table service. The dividing doors will be closed to separate this area off. This is subject to restaurant bookings and may be difficult to implement on Sunday carvery days for example.
· The Spike bar will be reopened but the pool table and dart board will be removed.
We will constantly review the situation and adapt our processes based on Government and EGU guidance, as well as feedback from our staff and members. We want everyone to enjoy our club to its full effect. Please be patient, please be tolerant, please be mindful of others. In coming days and weeks, we appeal for every member and visitor to respect our decisions to enjoy your golf and help protect our staff our facilities and our members.
Play safe and stay safe.
TGC Board of Directors
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