Dear Members 

The Board has discussed the Club’s Coronavirus planning and has approved the following Staged Action Plan which is to be read in conjunction with our policy document issued on 18 March 2020.

It should be noted that the Board has made the following decisions in recognition of our responsibilities of providing a safe environment for the health and wellbeing of Members and Staff, as well as implementing directions of the Government and relevant Authorities. Input and advice has also been taken into account from Golf Australia, Golf WA and other authorities and decisions are in line with actions taken or being taken by other Metropolitan Golf Clubs. 

Stage 1  

We are currently in this stage and confirming previous communications:

  • It is a requirement for all Members, Guests and Staff who are returning to Australia from ANY overseas country, that they must stay away from the Club, including the golf course, for a period of 14 days upon their return to Australia. 
  • Whilst at the Club, Members, Guests and Staff must now avoid all close personal contact, in particular shaking hands before and after golf. 
  • Members, Guests and Staff who are feeling unwell with fever; flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; and shortness of breath, must refrain from coming to the Club and contact your GP immediately for advice. 

In addition to these requirements, the Board has today approved the following additional Stage 1 actions which apply to and impact Members, effective immediately. These actions are largely based around the requirement to ensure social distancing, improved hygiene practices and prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 100 people:

Golf & Golf course related activities:

  • The “small pins” on the practice putting green have been removed;
  • The flag sticks on course are not to be removed when putting – a local rule is in play to require the flagstick not to be removed. If there is a need to touch the flagstick, a golf glove must be worn;
  • Bunker rakes must continue to be used, however with the use of a golf glove and / or towel;
  • Before golf – all competition scorecards will be pre-printed and available for collection from the counter in the Golf & Professional Shop;
  • After golf – all competition scorecards will continue to be processed by Members at the Scorecard Scanning Station in the Match Office.  However the hand sanitiser provided must be used by Members prior to touching the touchscreen and scanning equipment.
  • Post golf presentations will continue however this situation will be monitored in accordance with the requirements of this staged planning approach;

Clubhouse related activities:

  • Clubhouse tables and chairs will be disinfected daily;
  • Doors will be wedged open where possible;
  • Discontinue the use of cash payments at the bar and Pro Shop. Card payment or Member’s bar account to be used for the payment for drinks purchased;
  • Reduced seating will be available around the Club with appropriate spacing between tables. Only one person allowed per 4sqm.  This means only 24 people allowed in the upstairs bar and another 16 people in the Doug Stokes room;
  • No tables of greater than 4 seats are permitted;

Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
  • Don’t wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April). 

Stage 2 – Effective Monday 23 March

As the general community is most acutely aware, the current situation with regard to COVID-19 is growing more and more significant. The safety of members is of paramount importance, and the Club is taking a number of operational steps to ensure we protect member interests wherever possible.  

The Club continues to operate, however steps have been taken to minimise the risk of any infection spreading should it be identified at the Club.

One such step is to recognise social gatherings where particular groups may be at risk.  By its very nature the playing of cards is an activity the Club has decided will be temporarily suspended, therefore there will be no Bridge at the Club until further notice.  The duration is unknown at this time, but please be assured the aim of the Club remains to try to provide members with maximum enjoyment and amenity, so we hope to be able to advise of a reconvening date once more information is known.

Stage 3 

Should the Club be made aware of a Member or Staff Member who tests positive to the Coronavirus and has been at the Club whilst positive, the Clubhouse and the Pro-Shop will be closed immediately for a period of 14 Days and facilities cleaned and disinfected. The golf course will remain open for golf. Competitions will be held where possible, but otherwise Social play only. 

Stage 4 

At the direction of Government or external authorities, the Clubhouse and Golf Course will be closed immediately. This measure will only be undertaken on advice of authorities. 

Further Member requests:

  • Should any Member be able to assist in the supply of Hand Sanitiser and other cleaning products, please contact Prue Carter. We are currently awaiting delivery of some supplies and any assistance that can be provided by Members would be greatly appreciated.
  • Members are reminded that the more you socialise at the Club, the more at risk of infection you become. Although etiquette and Club expectations historically require Members to attend presentations after golf, during this time of uncertainty, the Board recognises your choice to not attend golf presentations.

The Board is conscious of the ramifications of the decisions above which will result in temporary changes to Club operations and the provision of Member services. The impact will be most evident on Members, Staff and the finances of the Club. These matters are being worked through closely with all concerned and action plans have been developed to ensure Club assets, including the Golf Course are maintained to the best of our ability.

Please contact General Manager Tony Howell should you have any further questions. 

Chris Cronin