FAQ - Stage 3 Restrictions

What services remain available at Bundoora Park Golf Course?

Available:

  •  Golf on course with 2-ball groups only
  • Takeaway food and beverage only (no self service)
  •  1-on-1 coaching available 
  • Golf cart exemption (CURRENTLY NO CARTS)

Golf carts should only be used by a person who has a disability, is over the age of 65, or who can demonstrate that they require one due to having special needs. GA recommends that a medical certificate should be supplied to demonstrate these needs

A one person per cart limit.

Clubs/facilities are required to thoroughly clean the carts before and after each use

 

Not Available:

  • Otherwise, no equipment hire until further notice (i.e. carts, club hire and/or pull buggies)
  • Practice range AND putting green closed until further notice

How do i comply with the terms and policies and conditions of the COVID-19 safety plan at Bundoora Park Golf Course?

We are confident that our best-practice precautions on course have kept our community as safe as possible since restrictions first commenced in the month of March, 2020. All distancing and hygiene policies enforced to date remain in force, with the following update to conditions from Thursday, 9th July until further notice. 

  •  Golf will only be permitted in groups of two 
  •  ​If you are found to be in breach of this rule by our course marshal, you will be removed from the golf course immediately 
  •  Your details will be requested and located on the booking sheet, and our team will be instructed to refuse bookings for the remainder of the lockdown period, No exceptions.
  •  Do not arrive at the facility earlier than 10mins prior to your designated tee time 
  • With all practice facilities closed, there is no longer any reason to arrive at our facility early 
  • Rules regarding loitering and socialising remain in force - you have three reasons to be here: 

       - Arriving 

       - Playing Golf 

       - Leaving 

  • ​A warning register will be kept onsite forall golfers who continue to arrive too early or loiter post-round 

If you receive three warnings, your access to the course will be suspended for the remainder of the lockdown period 

  •  No hire equipment or borrowing of equipment 
  • Carts, club hire and pull buggies are no longer permitted 
  • You must not share equipment (i.e. clubs, tees, or balls) with playing partners 
  • All practice facilities are closed except for coaching 
  • You must not use the practice green or practice range during the nominated lockdown period ​
  • Failure to maintain 100M social distancing on course
  • Do not hit up on groups 
  • Do not group up. WAIT.

 

Our expectation is that you assist us as best as possible in keeping the community safe.

If you are found by Management or our course marshal to be behaving in conflict with one of these overarching principles, and behaving in a way that is unsafe but outside the scope of the express rules above, you will be warned. If we are made ware of any further breaches of this nature, your access to the course will be suspended for the remainder of the lockdown period.

What are we doing to minimise health risks at the course and facilities?

The course and facility will remain vigilant in implementing infection control procedures, including 100% COVID-19 Infection Control Training for our staff, daily cleaning in accordance with DHHS recommendations, the promotion of healthy hygiene habits and making hand sanitiser available for staff and patrons to use.

What are Golf Australia's overarching principles?

The following are the principles in which these guidelines have been developed on, and how clubs and facilities should act in this crisis.

  • That the return to sport in these times is a privilege and not a right
  • Participants need to minimise their time at the venue
  • Participants need to minimise contact with other people at the venue, fellow participants, and staff alike
  • Organisations have a responsibility to ensure that congregation of people are not permitted at your facility in alignment with the outdoor mass gathering ban of not more than 10 people in any one place
  • We all have a responsibility to do everything possible to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and to ensure that we act appropriately during this crisis.

Our plan to manage social distancing, congregation and customer demand

  • You will not be permitted to play golf without a reserved tee time

  • Do not arrive at the clubhouse more than 10 minutes prior to your tee time. If you arrive at the facility earlier, please wait at your car

  • Stand on the “X” and follow the directions of our team members at all times

  • The practice green is closed

  • Maintain 1.5m social distancing at all times with your playing partner

  • Players are to leave the facility immediately after completing their round

  • Coffee can be purchased takeaway but are not to be consumed in the form of post-round debriefs

  • No photos or presentations are permitted

Note: Management has carried out local risk assessments to inform the structuring of tee intervals, with a view to maximising course access and also complying with congregation limits in and around the clubhouse area. With strict processes enforced between the car park, clubhouse, practice green, and tee, we are endeavouring to create as much access as possible. Whilst access to the course won't feel as relaxed and easy-going as usual, we hope you understand that the safety of our customers is our highest priority.

 

BEST PRACTICE PRECAUTIONS ON THE COURSE 
 

Flags & Holes

  • Either the removal of flag-sticks on course or,

  • Flag-sticks to remain in hole at all times

Bunkers

  • Removal of all rakes

  • Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club and are allowed to take preferred lies

Equipment

  • Golf carts will be limited to one person per cart and touchpoints sanitised by team members post-use

  • Refer to Management for local rules relating to use of sand buckets and course care initiatives

  • Removal of other unnecessary touchpoints, including but not limited to: ball washers, shoe cleaners and pins on the practice green

COVID-19 Victorian State Specific Directives

Operations Update *LATEST UPDATE* 19/10/2020

Effective immediately, based on information released by the Victorian Government, Golf Australia can advise the following for all clubs in Metropolitan Melbourne:

  • Golf can recommence being played in groups of two.

  • Club competitions can not be conducted. Social scores can, however, be submitted for handicapping purposes.

  • Practice facilities can only operate if there is at least 100 metres between each group. In practical terms, this will mean that practice facilities will remain close

  • Golf coaching can only be conducted “on-course” whilst in the process of playing the game and under the existing rules in place around group sizes while playing. Range balls are not permitted for use.

    • NB: The PGA and Golf Australia are currently seeking further clarification on the matter and this will be communicated in due course.

  • Rental clubs, golf carts and pull buggies can not be provided for hire

    • NB: Golf Australia making urgent representations on this point to government, in regarding to those people with a medical certificate and the use of carts.

  • Food and beverage facilities can not operate

    • NB: Golf Australia is making urgent representations on this point to government.

    • This includes the sale of food and beverage from pro shops

  • Clubhouses can open only for usage of toilet facilities

  • Members can only play at a course within 25 kilometres of their home

    • Clubs may consider temporary reciprocal arrangements between clubs to allow members impacted by this limit access to play at another club while this limit remains in place.

    • People may not travel into or out of Metropolitan Melbourne to play golf, even if you reside within 25km of a facility.

  • Clubs/facilities must comply with the record keeping requirements

    • That is, name and phone number of all persons who attend the premises for more than 15 minutes. A template to assist is located here

  • Masks must still be worn when playing golf. Face mask requirements are located here

  • All clubs/facilities will require a COVIDSAFE Plan to be in place.

Please note - The following changes to our previous update on 10th July 2020: 

  • Golf cart exemption

    Golf Australia have advocated for a motorised cart exemption for people over the age of 65, or people with special needs.

  • A doctor's certificate will be required to be added to our permitted users register

Face masks must be worn at all times 

You are required to wear a face mask every time you leave your house. Please wear your mask in our pro shop. Maintain your social distancing at all times. 

Golf Australia update (22/07/20):

  • All golfers must wear a face covering or face mask when playing golf in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, unless they are affected by a relevant medical condition such as breathing difficulties (e.g. Asthma), a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition.

  • Players will be asked to leave the facility immediately if they are not wearing a face covering, unless they are affected by a relevant medical conditions.

  • It is recommended that clubs/facilities seek a medical certificate or other proof of exemption for players who state they have a valid reason not to wear a face covering.

  • For the avoidance of doubt, DHHS have published the following: When an individual is doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing (e.g. jogging or running, but not walking), you must have a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising.

 

Please note while golf is back in groups of two, we still need your help to keep eachother safe. In line with the most recent Government update, all players must pre-book their round via phone and confirm that they are able to adhere to covid-19 regulations as set out above.

Click Here for more information on Golf Australia's guidelines to Stage 3 Restrictions. 

Update 21/07/2020

Stage 3 Restrictions are now in force at Bundoora Park Golf Course

COVID-19 Safety Plan

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