Measures for Playing Safe Golf at Moortown Under COVID-19 Restrictions
Updated 29th March 2021
Despite the easing of restrictions golfers must continue to comply with the rules on social distancing throughout and are instructed NOT to come to the Club if any of the following are applicable.
- You, or anyone you have been in contact with, have had the symptoms of Covid-19 in the last two weeks.
- You have travelled abroad in the last 2 weeks to any of the ‘UK Quarantine Countries’.
- You have not pre-booked a time to play.
Face coverings must be worn and hands sanitised when entering any permissible indoor area of the club.
(The only exceptions to this rule are for those with a medical exemption or for children under the age of 11).
Course Set Up
- All rakes, ball-retrievers, ball washers and the drinking fountain have been covered up or removed.
- Flagsticks should not be removed or touched by golfers.
- All stakes, tee posts and course furniture should be treated as immovable obstructions.
- Hole inserts have been placed in the hole cups to prevent the ball falling below the surface.
Before the Round
- To play all rounds MUST be booked in advance, either online or by calling the professional’s shop.
- Tee times will be released daily at 5pm on 14-day rolling period for Members Only.
- The professional’s shop will be open as a reception desk and to monitor the 1st There will be a click and collect service in place, however there will be no retail browsing and Access will be on a one-in, one-out basis.
- The trolley store will be open, again on a one-in, one-out basis.
- The ladies’ toilets will be open and gents will have temporary toilet facilities available due to the refurbishment of main toilets in the locker room. Toilets will be deep cleaned daily, and staff will also monitor these facilities throughout the day. We do ask that all users also take some responsibility when using the facilities. Ample supplies of disinfectant wipes, soap and paper towels will be available in these areas.
- All other areas of the clubhouse, including the locker rooms will remain closed.
- All practice facilities will be open.
During the Round
- Golfers are reminded to remain socially distanced on the course, especially when walking to the ball, searching for a ball, and playing shots.
- It is imperative that each group holds their position on the course, by playing at an appropriate speed.
- If golfers wish to play less than 18 holes, we recommend that holes 1-8 are played. Golfers should then walk-in using a safe route, ideally the path along the boundary edge of 16,17 and 18.
- Green staff have absolute priority on the course.
- The Halfway House will be open daily from 10am until 4pm or as play dictates. We are encouraging card only payments for all items, however cash will be accepted where this is not possible.
After the Round
- Golfers must remember that social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round and whilst the ‘Rule of Six’ is permissible outside, we are not encouraging gatherings around the clubhouse area. Individual groups should not join up with others to form gatherings of more than six people.
- Parents and Guardians are asked to ensure that all junior members comply with the arrival and departure instructions as detailed above.
Track & Trace
When playing golf your details will be captured by our tee reservation system, this applies to both members, guests, and visitors to the Club. If you are just attending the club to use the practice facilities, then you must register using the NHS Covid-19 App and scan the QR Code from the posters that are displayed around the clubhouse. If you are unable to do this, then please register your details with a member of the service staff. This is a legal requirement.
Local Rules for Competitions – During COVID-19
Flagsticks/Holes with Inserts –
The ball is considered holed if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green when it comes to rest.
Stakes, Tee Posts and Course Furniture – Immovable Obstructions
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1 Abnormal Course Conditions.
Bunkers – Preferred Lies
When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the ball and playing it from this relief area:
Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point but not nearer the hole than the reference point. (The ball must remain in the bunker).
GOLFERS PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SMOOTH THE SAND USING YOUR FEET/CLUB AFTER PLAY.