Reminder – Current Restriction Levels in Regional Victoria
As you are no doubt aware, Victoria remains under tight restrictions due to COVID-19 and this continues to affect the way that your clubs and facilities can operate. Last week Victoria Police visited a number a country clubs and facilities and this communication is being sent as a reminder of the club obligations during this challenging time.
Clubs and Facilities must abide by the following restrictions in terms of playing golf;
• There must be a bookings process for all attendance at the club or facility and there should be no ‘roll-up play’. Reasons for this are two-fold;
o It is a requirement of the State Government directive that the operator of a facility must keep the following details of people who attend the facility; name, phone number, and time of visit
o To minimise congregations around entry and exit points, pro shops and tee blocks.
• Clubs & facilities have an obligation to check identification of members, guests and visitors, and refuse service to someone whose primary residence is within the restricted area of metropolitan
Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
• Shotgun starts allowed only if current restrictions can be satisfied
• Carts must only have one occupant unless they reside in the same household
• Golf can be played in groups of four
• Club competitions can be run, including internal team events & club championships, i.e. 4-ball
matches. If a club chooses to run these events, then it must follow the guidelines for gatherings
by prohibiting spectators.
• Consideration should be given to submission of scorecards via non-contact measures as
outlined below:
o MMS, App, E-Mail, Phone call
Clubs and facilities must also be aware of the restrictions around clubhouse operations. Many clubs are experiencing an increased level of trade currently and need to take that into account when planning for clubhouse activities and ensuring that person and density limits are adhered to.
Full details can be found in the “Golf Australia – Return to Play Victoria” document, located HERE
If you have any further questions on the current restrictions and what is permissible, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Mark Bamford, Golf Development Senior Manager Victoria on 0428 241 213
Kind regards,
Chris Crabbe
Regional Development Officer South Western & Western Victoria Golf Australia