Golf Australia Clubs & Facilities Update

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,
Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on the Queensland Government’s stage 3 easing of COVID-19 restrictions which commence at midday, Friday 3rd July 2020.
Updated COVID Safe Industry Plans

Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans.

1.      The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs

2.      The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Team Sports

Access the plans
Clubhouse Operations

Changes to seating and alcohol service requirements

Under stage 3 clubs and facilities can;

  • have patrons order, pay, eat and drink at the bar.
  • sell alcohol for consumption on the golf course, provided your license allows it normally. You must still ensure patrons practice physical distancing whenever possible.
  • consume food & beverage without the need to be seated

Clubs & facilities must;

  • ensure patrons practice physical distancing ie, stay 1.5m away from others unless they are in the same group.
  •  manage the risk and numbers of congregated patrons in accordance with their Industry COVID Safe Plan or COVID Safe Checklist.

Changes to patron numbers for facilities

Under stage 3, the number of patrons you can have in the clubhouse is now determined by the amount of floor space you have available.

  • For venues with a floor space of greater than 200 square metres, you are permitted 1 person per 4 square metres
  • For venues with a floor less than 200 square metres, you are permitted 1 person per 2 square metres, to a maximum of 50 patrons.

For example:

1.      If your venue has 300 sqm of floor space (incl. indoor and outdoor), you can have up to 75 patrons (1 person per 4 square metre rule applies)

2.      If your venue has 150 sqm of floor space you can have up to 50 people (1 person per 2 square metres but capped at the 50 person limit)

3.      If your venue has 60 sqm of floor space, you can have up to 30 people (1 person per 2 sqm allowed).

Physical distancing , formerly known as social distancing, rules still apply.

  • Where possible, people should remain 1.5 metres away from others ,except if they are in the same group.
  • It is also important that you manage your business so that patrons are spread across the venue, allowing for physical distancing to be observed.

Collecting Contact Information

All facilities must collect and keep contact information for ALL members, guests, public and staff attending their venue. The following information for each person must be recorded and retained for a period of 56 days:

1.      name

2.      email address

3.      mobile phone number

4.      date and time period of patronage

These records must be complete and accurate, as they are critical for health authorities to contact trace efficiently if a person who is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 attended your venue

By collecting the time period of patronage (i.e. in and out time) the number of your patrons required to be contacted by Queensland Health is substantially reduced. It is understood that at some types of venue it may not be possible to record time out for every patron.

This will be an area of concentration for OLGR inspectors over coming weeks.

Facilities do not need to collect contact details for patrons buying takeaway.

Golf Operations

Under the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Team Sports, clubs & facilities need to be aware that flagsticks, rakes, NTP markers and scorecards, fall into the definition of shared equipment. Shared equipment needs to be sanitised effectively after each use.

As a result, Golf Australia recommends that golf clubs & facilities continue to apply the local rules within the Play Management guidelines that avoid the need to handle shared equipment.

More info
In stage 3 clubs & facilities may;

  • play in groups of four
  • hold shotgun & multi-tee starts
  • have two people per cart

Clubs & facilities must ensure that;

  • if available, bookings should be made online, via phone or via text message. There should be no ‘roll-up play’.
  • scorecards, if in use, should be distributed and collected using PPE
  • motorised carts, rental clubs, push buggy and sand bucket handles and air compressor handles are sanitised before and after every use
Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Club & Facility Support Manager – QLD, 0498 498 242, davidw@golf.org.au.

Kind regards,
Robert Armour
Interim CEO – Golf Australia