Updated Play Safe Stay Safe Policy

July 15th2020

Burslem Golf Club ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’. Guidance for members updated July 15th 2020

Use online booking system in place through ClubV1 to book casual tee times to avoid to many members arriving at same time.

Competitions tee times to be booked on ClubV1 or HowDidIDo app.

A FRAMEWORK FOR PLAYING GOLF

The procedure includes all aspects of the golfing experience, from arrival in the Club car park shortly before the round to departure straight away on completion of the round.

The over-riding consideration throughout must be to ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’.

1. Course Set-up
2. Before the Round
3. During the Round
4. After the Round
5. Rules of Golf Related Matters


Course Set-up. Important to avoid touching anything others may have handled

• All rakes have been removed, players may bring their own rake, which should only be handled by them.
• Ball washers not to be used
• Don’t use Course seating
• Flagsticks retained, but not to be touched or removed by hand.
. Air blower are not to be used to clean shoes or trolley

Practice Areas

Practice areas can be used but, would recommend only directly before your round and keeping safely away from others.
Don’t pickup any other balls than your own.


Before starting your Round on the Tee

Minimum of 10-minute intervals between tee times
Only the group waiting to tee off allowed on tee
Players to keep a social distance 1+ metres apart at all times
Only players waiting to tee off allowed on practice putting Green
One designated person marks one card for all players in group in social play. This person should be the only person to handle card at all times
Match play no card required
No hand shake please, use verbal acknowledgement before and after round
Don’t touch any other players equipment
Remember maximum time to play and look for lost balls has changed (ready golf) so there should no need to wave groups through.



Arrival and Waiting to Play

Clubhouse policy in place and to be followed at all times, before and after round.
We’re possible use every other parking space to keep distance from next car.
Waiting to tee off, wait by cellar shutter door area safe distance from each other, when group on tee moves off, move on to tee.
All other groups remain in or near to your car at safe distances from each other until waiting area is clear.
Only 2 people allowed in locker rooms at anyone time and NOT in same locker corridor.

• Only two members at anyone time allowed in toilets. Wash hands regularly.

• Social distancing observed on arrival at the Club and during the duration of each round.
Carry and use hand sanitisers regularly on and around the Course.



On the Course-rules

• Always keep appropriate social distance when walking to the ball, searching for a ball and playing shots
• Don’t touch anyone else’s equipment or golf ball, including stray balls found on the Course
• With no rakes allowed on the course, please make your very best efforts to smooth the sand using club and/or feet.
Usual politeness I.e. handshakes are not allowed, a general acknowledgment and thank you at a safe distance.

Putting Green

• Keep appropriate Social distance apart on the putting greens and not to touch the flagstick. Flag may be centred by partner using their putter.


After the Round

Bar and catering facilities within clubhouses are now open. Social distancing remains important at all times. Club has sanitised indoor environment in line with government guidelines, members and visitors to adhere to government guidelines. Maximum number in bar - 32 at anyone time.
Failure to follow guidelines could mean sanctions being imposed on the Club.










Competitions and Rules of Golf

Clubs competitions social distancing and safety rules are strictly observed.
Gatherings of people must be avoided at all times.
It is the responsibility of the members to ensure that all relevant guidelines are followed.
Failure to do so may leave the club liable for enforcement action.


Foursomes and Greensomes formats

• Each partner should use their own golf ball, which is only handled by that player. For example, the player teeing off from hole 1 is the only player that touches the ball from teeing off through to completion of the hole. The partner teeing off from hole 2 does likewise with their ball. Under the Rules of Golf, a partner is permitted to drop the side’s ball in taking relief. It is also permissible to drop another ball when taking relief.
• When marking and replacing the ball on the putting green this should be conducted by the partner the ball belongs to. Under this situation (or any other where the ball must be replaced) the original ball must be used and must not be substituted by another ball.

Handicapping Provisions

To enable some of the changes to the way the game is played, CONGU (Handicap Authority) has issued some temporary adjustments to the playing of scores for handicap purposes, which may differ from the temporary changes to the rules of golf. Some of these are outlined below.

Forms of Play and Scoring

• In competitive stroke play, a method of scoring needs to be used that does not require any handling or exchanging of scorecards
• The Committee has allowed methods of scoring in stroke play that do not strictly comply with Rule 3.3b, or do not comply with the normal methods used under Rule 3.3b. For example
• Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it)
• It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification
• As provided in the Rules of Golf, scorecards can be electronic, which could include emailing or texting scores to the Committee. Score can now be entered on HowDidIDo app.

Flagstick

• Golfers are required to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times and not to touch it.
• Players are allowed to centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, by using a club). The centring of the flagstick is allowed while another player putts.

Hole and Holed

• The hole liner is to be set in a way that means that all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green, so the ball is considered holed if any part of it is below the hole.


This Policy does not cover all circumstances or eventualities, please use Common Sense.

For yours and other members safety please cooperate with the policy. PLAY SAFE STAY STAY

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