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Golf Update – Wednesday 01 April, 2020

The Club has been advised today that the NSW Government has reconsidered its decision to close golf courses in NSW.  This is the first positive news we have had in several weeks.  

The following is an an extract of the media release from GolfNSW (dated 01Apr2020):

After reconsideration, the Office of Sport – NSW Government has advised that golf is considered an activity that can continue to be played in line with Public Health Orders relating to public gathering limits, social distancing, and the elderly.

The statement from the Office of Sport – NSW Government is as follows:

The Office of Sport would like to clarify the advice that went out on Monday 30 March 2020.

As you know, there are now restrictions around public gatherings and rules around leaving your home. These new measures are in place to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. But it is important to note that people are allowed to leave their homes for the purpose of exercise. For more information on the new restrictions, please visit  https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders.

The NSW Government has issued guidelines allowing people to go outside and exercise. Any form of exercise is to be undertaken in compliance with the Public Health Orders, meaning that people must not participate in groups greater than two persons at any point in time. Therefore, individual sports such as golf and tennis can continue provided the Public Health Orders are complied with.

As a result of this decision, the Golf Course will be re-opened from 02 April 2020 on the following basis:

Members must now play in groups of two (2).  Members should access the online booking platform and consolidate groups into 2 players only.

There is to be no sharing of carts or clubs even if you are partners.  Please note, we did not make this rule, we are simply trying to get our Members back on to the course and to comply with regulations which have been imposed on us all.

Pro shop, Half Way House and Golf Course operations may change at any time and without notice.  Social distancing rules apply when entering the Club breezeway, Pro Shop and Half Way House (please do not use seating in this area).

We are changing to a one tee start and tee times have been extended to accommodate this.  Members are to arrive to tee off on time and then leave the Club property immediately at the conclusion of your game.  If Members are observed to be gathering on tees and joining into groups of more than two (2), offending Members will be immediately suspended from further use of the course.  All course social distancing practices previously communicated to you must be followed.  Please be aware that there is no room for breaking these policies and non-compliance may result in suspension from further use of the course.

Course Hours:

The following opening hours will apply:

Monday OPEN 7 am to 5 pm

Tuesday – CLOSED

Wednesday OPEN 7 am to 5 pm

Thursday – OPEN 7 am to 5 pm

Friday – OPEN 12pm to 4pm

Saturday OPEN 7 am to 5 pm 

Sunday – OPEN 8 am to 4 pm

The Tuesday Ladies Comp has been moved to Monday, tee times available from 8.15 am to 9.30 am.

The Monday Medley Stableford will now be two separate competitions.

Further updates will be provided when necessary.

Chris Graham

Sports Manager

Ocean Shores Country Club Ltd