The management committee have met this morning and made a tough decision regarding the availability of our golf course, in lieu of any comments from Golf Australia, we had hoped to keep our course open socially for members only.
Today, we have received notification from Golf Australia that it is their recommendation that all golf courses close until further notice.
We would like to thank our members for their kind words of support and patience during these last few weeks, it is likely we all thought this day would come. Further correspondence will be sent out in coming days regarding membership and quarterly payments.
Please find below the correspondence received from Golf Australia.
It is Golf Australia’s recommendation that, based on the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening, March 29 that limits outdoor gatherings to two persons or fewer, all golf clubs and facilities should close until further notice.
The Prime Minister stated that all Australians should stay at home except for:
- Shopping for essentials
- Medical purposes
- Work and education if you cannot work or learn remotely
A number of state/territory Premiers and Chief Ministers have already supported this view and reinforced to their state/territory residents that this advice should be followed. This messaging has been clear on what constitutes exercise and while golf is used for exercise for many, it is clear that golf does not fall within this definition based on public government statements in the last 24 hours. It is expected that states/territories will all take this position over the coming days.
Golf Australia acknowledges that some state/territory governments will provide additional information and we will keep you up to date as and when additional state/territory based announcements are made so you are clear on the legalities of golf courses and their operations moving forward.
While this is a difficult time for the golf industry and wider society, Golf Australia is committed to working with clubs and facilities across the state to ensure that we return a vibrant, strong industry.
Golf Australia has also, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Turf Management Association, Golf NSW and Golf WA begun to lobby both Federal and State government to ensure that – in the event of a further increase in restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – course staff will be able to continue to access your facilities. We will keep you all up to date as to the status of these discussions, although it should be noted that as of now there are no further restrictions on current greenkeeping operations.