As you are now aware the Government has ordered the closure of licensed premises including cafes and hotels, as of 12pm on Monday 23rd March. As a result the food and beverage area is now closed until further notice. As a result of this closure, we have decided to abandon the House Levy for the 2020/21 Membership year, and roll over any unused credit from the current membership period. For those of you that have already paid your subscriptions in full, we will issue you with a refund on request. The pro shop and locker rooms remain available to you providing members adhere to recommended hygiene practices and the 1.5m social distancing.
Until we are instructed otherwise, our golf course remains open and available for competitions and your enjoyment. To ensure we can provide you with the safest environment and to keep exercising and enjoying the open air we will be installing measures to achieve this goal. They may seem harsh to some of you but as a Club we have taken the stance of putting your safety above all else and we sincerely ask you all to respect these measures and be patient. Be also aware that there may be further measures we have to install to further enhance the ones we make now.
Until further notice, the Blackwood Golf Club will be Members Only. Visitors will not be allowed on the course under any circumstance.
All side bets are prohibited forthwith. All transactions at Blackwood will be by card only. No cash money shall be used under any circumstance.
You will be given your own score card. Use your own card to mark your score. Pick a marker for yourself and in the markers space, write his or her score. At the end of the round check your score and your marker’s score, verbally agree they are correct, sign it and then place the card in the box provided near the pro shop. DO NOT hand your card to anyone else. The practice of some members to collect several cards to shuffle for playing groups is prohibited.
Your cards will be scanned for you. Please ensure you fill in the boxes and also to save us some time please place an X in the space for the markers signature – this allows your card to be scanned quicker. Due to the volume of cards there may be some minor delays for all of the comp to be uploaded on the same day; be patient. Scores will be uploaded for handicapping in the normal way.
The rakes have been removed until further notice. Rakes have been identified as an unnecessary risk. Bunkers remain in play and they will be raked by the greens staff first thing in the morning. We have introduced a local rule that allows a player to mark, lift and PLACE (in the bunker) at the nearest point, no nearer the hole without penalty.
There will be no nearest the pins on par 3’s. Ball run downs will be increased to compensate. The hole in one jackpot will remain in place.
Sand Buckets and Ball Washers
Sands buckets and ball washers have been removed temporarily. If you create a divot anywhere in the general area please tap the edges inwards with your sand wedge. Divots will be filled by volunteers.
All flagsticks have been removed. Flagsticks have also been identified as an unnecessary risk. A hole placement map will be placed on each tee and also in the pro shop. We recommend you use your phone camera to take a picture and use this as a reference. The holes are moved on a rotation of 6. Maps will be updated as the holes are rotated on the green. Members are encouraged to use the meter markers on the sprinkler heads for distance guidance. Members with range finders should “ping” nearby objects such as bunker banks, trees, players on the green to judge distance.
Unless circumstances in the next few days change, the women’s and men’s championships will be held. All semifinals will be played in 2’s. Caddies and spectators are prohibited.
Blackwood Easter Events
The Easter Vardon has been cancelled for 2020, as has the “Con’s Calamari” Good Friday event.
All group clinics (MyGolf, Give Golf a Go) are postponed until further notice.
To enforce social distancing, motorised carts shall be restricted to one person in the cart only.
Practice facilities remain open for members. Off the street visitors wanting to use driving ranges are prohibited. One on one professional coaching by Troy and Matt is not affected.
WE ARE DONG OUR BEST TO KEEP OUR COURSE OPEN AND TO MAKE IT AS SAFE AS WE CAN FOR YOU.
- KEEP YOURSELVES INFORMED AND COMPLY WITH THE 1.5 METRE SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL ON AND OFF THE COURSE,
- DO NOT SHAKE HANDS, DO NOT KISS OR HUG FELLOW PLAYERS,
- WASH YOUR HANDS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
- IF YOU FEEL UNWELL STAY AT HOME AND SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE, SELF ISOLATE. IF YOU HAVE A COVIT-19 POSITIVE TEST PLEASE INFORM US STRAIGHT AWAY.
- IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS, YOU MUST SELF ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS BEFORE ACCESSING THE CLUB.
Stay safe everyone.
Con Katsaros, President
Keith Parry-Jones, Captain
Daniel Loveridge, Manager
Monday 23 March 2020