PLAYING GOLF 2020 Covid-19 Updates
1. Course Set-up
On-course items have been removed/covered where possible including:
- Bunker Rakes
- Ball washers are covered up and out of use
- Bins have been covered up or removed
- Flagsticks have been removed – PGL has considered the safety/necessity of the flags and made the decision to remove them completely. A pin sheet/notice will be displayed to show if the flags are Front, Middle or Back to provide guidance for players.
- The hole cups/liners have been raised so players’ balls may be easily retrieved by handling the ball only and players still finish putts like they would have under normal circumstances, retaining the ‘feel’ of a normal round of golf. PLAYERS MUST ONLY RETRIEVE THEIR OWN BALLS.
- Bunkers will not have been maintained during lockdown. Local rules will be put in place (GUR) and players should use their feet to level the sand after they have played their shot
2. Before the Round
- Pytchley Golf Lodge has a telephone booking system in place already.
PGL will improve the current system:
- Include contact numbers for bookings
- Adequate spacing of tee times – 10 mins apart
- Limited number of players per booking to 2 players per tee time
- Daily reminders for staff and customers to check when taking bookings i.e. players arriving separately if from different households, providing their own clubs etc.
Arrival and waiting to play
- The clubhouse facilities will have limited essential access to handle golf bookings only
- The rest of the facilities including the kitchen, garden room and terrace areas will be closed
- Toilets will not be open. PGL has made the decision to temporarily keep the toilets closed as we will only have one member of staff on and may not be able to ensure safe sanitizing practices are carried out.
- Players are advised to arrive ten minutes before their tee time and to wait in their cars if they are early. DO NOT congregate in the car park or in the front area of the clubhouse.
- To ensure social distancing requirements, a one-way system will be implemented in the clubhouse for players paying for their green fees. Signage will be in place to direct players
- There will be NO clubs or trolleys available to hire.PGL has considered the safety of this and cannot ensure adequate cleaning in between uses. Players must provide their own clubs and trolleys – DO NOT SHARE EQUIPMENT
- The outdoor practice facilities including the putting green and chipping green will be open subject to safety precautions. Limited to two players and priority will be given to players in the next group to tee off during playing times.
3. During the Round
On-course signage will be in place throughout the course to remind players to keep at least two metres apart during their round.
- The WHITE competition tees will not be in use, only the YELLOW and RED tees will be in use. PGL will reconsider qualifying competitions after the initial phase of re-opening.
- Players must remember to stay at least 2 METRES apart at teeing areas due to the normal close proximity for golfers to one another when tee shots are being played. PGL will place signage on every hole to remind players
- Players must stay at least 2 METRES apart when walking to the ball, searching for a ball and whilst playing shots
- DO NOT touch stray balls
- Players are advised to use “Ready Golf” whilst playing to ensure pace of play and stop a queue forming
- Players will be offered a scorecard each and must keep their own scorecard, do not swap cards
- There will be NO bunker rakes on the course. Golfers should make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club or their feet for the players after them. PGL will GUR all bunkers or have a local rule of PREFERRED LIES in place in bunkers since essential maintenance does not cover bunkers, so there will be some growth/untidiness that may affect play.
Outdoor Practice Areas including Putting Green and Chipping Green
- All flagsticks have been removed from the putting and chipping green
- Players using these must remember to keep at least 2 METRES apart whilst using
4. After the Round
Social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round, so when it is over, all players must leave the course and the club/facility immediately so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area.
- Players are reminded to adhere to social distancing – standard etiquette such as shaking hands etc. must be avoided
- There will be a one-way system for golfers entering and exiting the course to limit players passing within 2 METRES on the pathway leading on/off the course
5. Rules of Golf-Related Matters
To enable some of the changes to the way the game is played, there are likely to be several changes to the Rules of Golf. Some of these are outlined below.
Format of Play and Scoring
- It is recommended that non-competition play is used during the initial period of golf being played and that stroke play competitions involving players in different groups are avoided
- If competitive stroke play is played, a method of scoring needs to be used that does not require any handling or exchanging of scorecards
- As provided in the Rules of Golf, scorecards can be electronic which could include emailing or texting scores to the Committee
- If golfers take due care when smoothing bunkers, there should be no need to provide a Local Rule for bunkers. But if they feel that the enjoyment of the game is being significantly affected by there being no rakes, it may introduce Preferred Lies in bunkers and provide that a player may place a ball in the bunker within one club-length of the original spot and not nearer the hole than that spot
- Golfers are required to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times and not to touch it. It is a matter for the Committee to decide whether it establishes this policy by way of a Code of Conduct or Local Rule, and whether it provides a penalty under the Code of Conduct or for a breach of the Local Rule
- As a temporary provision, flagsticks ca be used for the purpose of player safety which do not meet the specifications in Part 8 of the Equipment Rules
- PGL has removed flagsticks from the course
Hole and Holed
- The hole liner (hole cup) is to be set in a way that means all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green, so the ball is considered holed if any part of it is below the surface of the putting green
- To minimize the need to lift the ball from the hole, it is recommended that the Committee provides that a ball is holed with the next stroke if it is within 12 inches of the hole (which is just over the length of a standard putting grip). This does not prevent a player in match play conceding a stroke that is outside this length
- The Committee may decide to have the hole liner sitting above the surface of the green and treat a ball as holed if it strikes the liner
- PGL has inverted the hole cups so the ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only