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Covid 19 Latest Guidelines


The aim of this guide is to set out the key activities which the club will undertake to allow golf to resume within the official guidance. The document is split into 8 main areas. Golf course set up, Tee Booking, Arriving at the Club, Playing Golf, Emergency Procedures, Leaving the Club, Practice Area & Coaching, and the course condition. It has been compiled taking all available industry guidance from England Golf, The R&A, GCMA, BIGGA, The PGA and the BGIA to form a bespoke guide for Bourn Golf and Country Club. We have also taken advice from clubs on the continent, where golf has already resumed and listened to their advice and learnings. Members are asked to adhere to the guidance at all times, be respectful of fellow members and employees and prioritise safety at all times. Restrictions will be eased as soon as official guidance and safety restrictions allow as we work our way back to business as usual. We will continually monitor and review these policies and will take action to adjust and improve each policy as and when appropriate. We will fully review all aspects fortnightly to ensure guidance is relevant and is relaxed as soon as possible. As is always the case, members who travel to the club and play golf during this period, do so at their own risk.

golf course set up

Measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of spreading of the virus through surfaces on the golf course and clubhouse surrounds and through bodily fluids.
The following restrictions will be in place on the golf course and reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

• The clubhouse is closed to members apart from the Reception for check in.
• There are no toilet facilities for members at this initial stage of opening.
• Ball washers and shoe cleaners are not in use
• Rakes have been removed from all bunkers
• The flagstick must remain in the hole at all times.
• Full golf holes will be used but the cup liners are upside-down to ensure retrieval of ball without contact with flag or cup liner. Ball lifters have been ordered and will be fitted upon delivery.
• Bins and ball chutes and seating should not be used.
• Ensure social distancing at all times.
tee booking guidance

By booking a tee time, members agree the following points for all party members:

  1. I (we) confirm I (we) have not been out of the country in the last 14 days.
  2. I (we) confirm I (we) are not in self-isolation and or Shielding.
  3. I (we) confirm I (we) are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms at the time of booking and if I (we) are displaying symptoms on the day of play I (we) will not come to the club.
  4. I (we) confirm I (we) are not restricted by government guidance relating to age or underlying health.
  5. I (we) confirm I (we) are travelling to the golf club alone or with a member of the same household.
  6. I (we) confirm I (we) will clean my (our) clubs, bag, trolley and shoes,  before leaving home to travel to the club.
  7. I (we) confirm I (we) will stay 2 metres away from any employee or fellow golfer at all times and adhere to the guidance and restrictions in place to ensure the safety of employees and fellow members.
  8. I (we) understand that I (we) are travelling to the club and playing golf at my own risk.

If you do not agree to the above, you will not be able to book a tee time to play The following booking system will be in place and reviewed on a fortnightly basis:
Members will be required to book a tee time to play golf. This is will be an alien process for many members, however it is essential in order for golf to be played safely during the Covid-19. Key information regarding booking a tee time is set out below:

  • A tee time must be booked online to play, this is to help manage footfall and so that we have a record of who has played and when to aid with contact tracing if required (Telephone bookings will only be taken from those members who have no access to technology)
  • Bookings are made via the telephone on 01954 718 057.
  • Bookings are available to book from 13th May 2020.
  • First tee time 07:00, last tee time 18:00. You may not re-book until you have played your first booking.
  • 2, 3 and 4 balls are now permitted.
  • Only 1 player is required to book a tee time, however all names are required
  • Any group booking a tee time and not showing up for their round without prior notice will be banned from playing for 7 days.
  • If at all possible, please book during the week to increase availability for those who are working to be able to play at the weekend
  • Bookings are made in reception or on the telephone. Email bookings will be answered where possible, but this is not a preferred method.
arriving at the club

Safety measures start before you get out of your car. Parking for any purpose other than playing golf or working at the club is strictly prohibited until further notice.

  • Members must only arrive at the club no earlier than 15 minutes before their booked tee time.
  • Cars must be parked front end first to help maintain spacing when loading and unloading clubs.
  • Make sure when exiting the car that there is no one in the car either side of your space. If there is, wait until the area is clear before exiting your car.
  • Change your shoes in the car park and prepare your clubs ready for golf.
  • Mandatory check-in for golfers at Reception no earlier than 10 minutes before booked tee time. Only one member for each booking should check in.
  • Please move to the tee 5 minutes before your tee off time.
  • Park your trolley or bag a minimum of 2m away from any other set of clubs.
  • You need to check in for your tee time at reception, adhering to the guidelines set out (maximum of 1 at a time in Reception).
  • Leave the Reception and walk straight to your start tee.
playing golf

Please be advised that we are currently playing social golf. With this in mind please consider:

  • New members and players with higher handicaps will move at a slower pace
  • This is an opportunity to welcome new members to the sport and support occasional players.
  • The marshals will work with players to try and ensure smooth running of the course.
  • Marshalls will be informed how to help speed play where required.
  • Generally, 4 balls move more slowly than 2 balls and we need to be sympathetic to this.
  • Excessive time should not be spent searching for balls or fishing for balls.
  • Through play is still not permitted.
  • Social distancing must remain in place with a minimum of 2m distance maintained between golfers at all times.
  • Please be considerate to all players, staff and volunteers.
  • If you see or experience a problem on the course, please inform a member of staff and not the committee in the first instance.
  • Members will take priority.

The following restrictions will be in place on the golf course and reviewed on a fortnightly basis:

  • Golf must be booked on the telephone or via online bookings through the club website when available (See separate bookings guidance).
  • If at all possible, please book during the week to improve availability for those who are working to be able to play at the weekend.
  • Up to and including 4 balls, set off at 8-minute intervals.
  • The practice area and putting green are open.
  • Buggies only can be used, single ride only unless with a member of your own household.
  • The putting green is open, social distancing to be maintained at all times.
  • Golf outside of pre-booked slots is not allowed.
  • Social distancing must remain in place with a minimum of 2m distance maintained between golfers at all times.
  • Initially, members will be strictly limited to a maximum of ONE Tee booking at any time. Once you have played your round you can then book your next Tee Time.
  • Members must only leave their car to allow just enough time to prepare their clubs, change their shoes and walk straight to reception for their check in, then straight to their designated Tee.
  • Other than those playing in the same group, members must not congregate together anywhere on the premises.
  • Roll up groups are suspended until further notice.
  • The flagstick must not be touched under any circumstances, the cups have been turned upside down to facilitate ball retrieval.
  • Members must make every attempt to rake the bunker, either using their own carry rake, or the back of a golf club head or shoe.
  • Take note of the social distancing must be observed at all times but especially returning to the clubhouse after your round.
  • The bell on the 8th and 13th hole is to be sounded by striking with a golf club
  • (putter or iron) Under no circumstances are members to touch the bell.
  • Tee markers or other on course accessories must not be touched.
  • Hand shaking or other forms of body contact are not allowed at any point before, during or after the round.
  • Members should leave the club premises immediately after their game.
  • Members should not touch any golf ball, other than their own during the round, this includes balls you may find in the rough.
  • At this time there will be no toilet facilities on the golf course for safety of all.
  • When safe to do so we will open some toilet facilities for members.
  • Ensure using Ready Golf Principles to speed up play
emergency procedures
  • In a health emergency, please dial 999 immediately and then call the clubhouse on 01954 718057. Please note, the phone will be manned between 7:30am and 6pm and is only to be used for urgent health emergencies
  • NB: A Marshall will be on duty at peak times to ensure that social distancing is being adhered to. Members may be asked to leave the course without warning if they are seen to be intentionally ignoring the Covid-19 guidelines, including social distancing.
  • Any member witnessing a serious breach of policy can e-mail in confidence to: info@bourngolf.com
leaving the club

Safety measures remain in place after your round and as you prepare to exit. The following will apply:

The following restrictions will be in place and reviewed on a fortnightly basis:

  • Members must leave the club premises immediately after their round.
  • Ensure social distancing is maintained as you pass the 1st and 2nd Tees at the end of your round.
  • No post game congregation is allowed, including after round drinks which have been purchased off site.
  • Do not approach your car until the area is clear.
  • Change your shoes, put your clubs in the car and drive away immediately avoiding car park chatting.
practice facilities
  • The facilities are open.
  • The range is also open for members and guests.
  • Coaching is available, please enquire with reception for more details.
  • This will be reviewed in accordance with government regulations.
course condition
  • We have been abiding by the R&A Essential Golf Course Maintenance Programme since mid-March and until these measures are required by governing body guidelines and in the interest of the safety of staff.
  • In returning to the course to more ‘normal’ condition, our greenkeepers will ensure that heights of cut that have been raised during the course period are reduced slowly so as not to put undue stress on the plant. If heights are reduced too quickly it will encourage disease and weed / pest encroachment. 
  • Therefore, in Phase 2, greens will be slightly slower but returning to normal due to higher cutting heights and the rough will be lengthier particularly in out of play areas.
  • Bunkers will now be maintained during Phase 2 and we ask golfers to smooth sand with foot or club and play preferred lies in the bunker.
  • Our plan is to proceed towards a customary maintenance programme once governing body restrictions allow and ensuring the safety of our staff.
  • Your patience at this time is greatly appreciated.
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