We have collated some resources that we think may be very useful for golf clubs and golf facilities in these very difficult times. If there is any other way we can support you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact and we will do our best to help during this period.
The WA Government has released COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Plans that need to be in place from Monday, May 18th. The documents include a number of key policy decisions related to spacing/zoning in indoor and outdoor venues.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
- COVID-19 Safety Guidelines – Phase 3 – Sport and Recreation
- COVID-19 Safety Plan & Certificate – Phase 3 – Sport and Recreation
- COVID-19 Safety Guidelines – Phase 3 – Food Businesses
- COVID-19 Safety Plan & Certificate – Phase 3 – Food Businesses
Keep up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 facts and information
- GolfWA – Golf Return to Sport Plan For Western Australia
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Western Australian Government COVID-19 Portal
- Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions #3
- WA Government – COVID Safety Plans
- Golf Australia COVID-19 Resource Centre
- Australian Tax Office – Assistance for Business Fact Sheet
- JobKeeper wage subsidy
- Covid-19 Stimulus and Support Measures for NFP’s
- Australian Tax Office – General Information
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA – Working from home information
- Clubs WA – Club and Association Governance during COVID-19
- Lotterywest – COVID-19 Grants
Can two people who live together both ride in the same golf cart?
New rules under the Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions #3 state that one of the social distancing exceptions includes an indoor or outdoor place where everyone in the gathering is a member of the same household.
This change does allow for two people who ordinarily live together to share a golf cart. Despite this, several potential issues could arise which golf clubs and facilities should address. These include;
- Increased difficulty and potential confusion for a club or facility in policing their cart policy particularly on some occasions around proof of being from the same household
- Increased likelihood of community reports to law enforcement for social distancing breaches by the club or facility
- An increased chance of negative media reporting, including social media
- Increased hygiene and sanitation protocols may need to be enforced
Can we play competition golf?
On Wednesday April 22, Golf Australia circulated to clubs Guidance on Managing Play in the COVID-19 environment. Whilst many of the ideas raised have been in place by golf clubs for some weeks now, as have the Temporary Modifications to the Rules of Golf issued by the R&A in March, GA’s communication also raised the matter of playing competition golf.
GolfWA’s position is that if a club wishes to introduce competition golf it still must address the fundamental issue of the requirements on social distancing and ask whether playing competition golf creates issues that you may currently have under control. If a club is comfortable that they can play competition golf and still maintain social distancing and all other government requirements, then GolfWA recommends clubs follow the preferred formats of play and score submission options stated by Golf Australia.
Can we play in a 4-ball?
Which events have been postponed and will they be rescheduled?
GolfWA has postponed the following events:
- Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic scheduled for March 22 – 25, to a date to be agreed.
- Men’s Pennant Season due to commence on Sunday, March 22
- State Senior Amateur Championship April 1 – 3
- Men’s Senior Pennant Season due to commence on April 7
- Women’s Pennants Season
- Regional Seniors due to commence May 7
- Aglime of Australia Rural Bronze due to commence on June 26
- Women’s Provincial due to commence July 10
- Smarter than Smoking Junior Tour events up to May 31
We will work with all host clubs on rescheduling events at a later date in the year subject to the reports, updates and advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health, the State Government’s Department of Health and Golf Australia (GA) regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Can I get a private/group lesson from a PGA Professional?
Yes. There are no conditions that prevent a golfer from having a one-on-one or group lesson if the Club/Professional can conduct the lesson in line with social distancing requirements as per the Prohibited Gatherings Direction.
I’m over 70, can I play golf?
The advice from the Prime Minister of Australia strongly recommends against any person over the age of 70 leaving their home, unless absolutely necessary.
GolfWA or your local club/course cannot prevent someone in this age bracket from playing golf but we highly encourage you stay at home for your own safety.
Can I use the course driving range and putting green to practice?
Yes. Provided gathering and social distancing measures are in line with regulations. Some courses may decide to close their practice facilities and they are well within their rights to do so.
Obvious measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 should be implemented.
- No sharing of golf carts (unless residing together). Consider removing cart use altogether and disinfect carts before and after use.
- We strongly advise clubs move to a one-tee start.
- Adhere to the 4 square metres per person distancing rules as a minimum
- Ensure contact with golf-related infrastructure is minimised
- Introduce the new modified Rules of Golf so that flag sticks and bunker rakes aren’t touched. We recommend completely removing rakes.
- Reduce hole depth or place an object in the cup that makes ball retrieval easier.
- Ensure personal hygiene standards of staff are maintained at the highest level.
- Don’t attend the golf club if you feel ill, or have been in contact with someone who is
- Don’t shake hands before or after your round.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because your hands touch many different surfaces and can easily pick up viruses