Covid-19 Safety measures
Playing Golf at Level 3 (updated 13/10/21)
- You can only book to play individually or with those in your household bubble.
- Play is possible for groups playing together from a maximum of two household bubbles. Players must maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside their bubble. This means a four ball can be made up of four players from up to two different bubbles
- All players must book a tee time in advance online or by calling the golf shop.
- Please keep your distance from other people playing - minimum of 2m at ALL times.
- If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.
- Players should arrive within 10 minutes of tee time, play golf, then leave.
- No cards will be issued under Level 3.
- You are required to keep a minimum of 2m away from anyone not inside your household bubble.
- Santiise and clean your hands prior to arrival.
- The pitching and putting practice areas are available to players booked on the tee sheet only, but should be used for no more than ten minutes each before play. If someone is using the area already, then please stay clear until they have left.
- Access to toilet facilities is limited. Some on course toilets may have limited access if it is safe to do so, but please plan for them to be closed.
- The Golf shop will have a staff member in it. They can sell coffees, food and equipment supplies by contactless payment provided orders have been phoned or emailed beforehand. The window beside the Golf Shop office will be set as a collection area.
- Contactless payment. We would ask that members have their account in credit so that there is no contact during payment. Contact us for info on how to do this.
- The driving range will operate in accordance with NZ Golf guidelines, but will be closed until further notice.
NZ Golf Guidelines
Golf is a permitted activity at Alert Level 3, Step 1.
While golf is a permitted activity at Alert Level 2 and 3, we advise clubs and facilities to take a cautious approach. The number one priority should be the health, safety and wellbeing of your staff, members, golf participants and the wider community. Golf clubs, facilities and golfers must take appropriate steps to make sure they minimise the risk of infection from the COVID-19 virus.
Golf at Level 3 - Step 1
Golf is a permitted activity at Alert Level 3, Step 1. The number one priority should be the health, safety and wellbeing of your staff, members, golf participants and the wider community.
Alert Level 3, Step 1 for Golf - Specific Operational Guideance
At Alert Level 3 Step 1, limited playing of golf can be undertaken. under the following guidelines: (updated 8/10/21)
- A system to record and retain the contact details of all staff, players and visitors must be in place to enable contact tracing should it be required. The NZ COVID Tracer QR code must be displayed.
- A COVID-19 safety plan must be in place, including risk controls for any staff that may be on site.
- All staff, players, visitors must adhere to general government advice, particularly all recommended hygiene measures. Click here for further hygiene and sanitisation information.
- Golf courses should control access to the facility where possible and advanced tee booking procedures should be in place (online, phone, text etc). This is to ensure there is no opportunity for players to congregate.
- Golfers should arrive ready to play and leave the facility immediately after play.
- Play is possible for groups playing together from a maximum of two household bubbles. Players must maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside their bubble. In the golf setting, this means a four ball can be made up of four players from up to two different bubbles.
- All clubhouse, pro shop, and changing room facilities must be closed to players and visitors (only available to be accessed and used by essential staff on-site).
- Outside toilets can be open so long as strict hygiene and sanitisation measures are followed and the facilities are only used by one person at a time.
- If retail, merchandise or takeaway food and beverages are to be provided, purchase and delivery must be completely contactless and observe 2 metre distancing. Players cannot enter premises.
- Scorecards should not be physically issued prior to play nor returned after play. The digital scorecard app should be used.
- An appropriate interval between tee times should be observed to ensure distancing between groups is maintained. A 6 minute interval between solo players is recommended. An interval of 10 minutes between groups that have two or more players is recommended. Golf courses might like to consider specific times of each day for groups of different sizes.
- Players must maintain a minimum distance of at least two metres between themselves and other players on the course who are not in their bubble. Golf New Zealand 2 / 2 www.golf.co.nz
- Shotgun or multiple tee starts should be avoided in order to stop the congregation of players.
- Driving ranges and other practice or warm up facilities must be set up to ensure a minimum 2 metre distancing between players. If driving ranges are used, appropriate ball and surface sterilising must take place.
- Equipment cannot be shared. If golf carts are to be used, they can only be used by people inside the same bubble. Golf carts and trundlers must be completely cleaned and sterilised after each use.
- All pins should be removed from practice putting greens. Pins / flagsticks can be on the course however they should be left in the hole and should not be touched or removed by any player where possible. All bunker rakes should be removed from the course. All drinking fountains, ball washers and shared sunscreen stations should be closed.
- Coaching can be undertaken so long as any session is held outside, and each group does not have more than 10 people (from up to 10 different bubbles). Strict 2 metre distancing must be observed at all times.
- Any staff who are on site should be provided with any appropriate personal protection equipment to ensure they can remain healthy and safe. No physical interaction between any essential staff and players can occur.
Please note: the government may update the rules for sport and recreation at the various Alert Levels at any stage.
Further Information For official government information, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/
For specific sport sector information, visit https://sportnz.org.nz/
Please be in touch with Golf New Zealand for any general queries.