COVID-19 UPDATE #6 – FURTHER ADVICE TO NSW-BASED CLUBS
31 March 2020
Golf NSW has recently released the following email providing additional advice to NSW-based clubs concerning their recommendation that golf courses close and golfing activity should cease with immediate effect.
COVID-19 UPDATE #5 – ADVISORY FROM GOLF AUSTRALIA & GOLF NSW THAT GOLF COURSES CLOSE
30 March 2020
Golf Australia and Golf NSW have this afternoon recommended that golf clubs should close with effect midnight tonight and remain closed until advised otherwise by the relevant Government.
I have attempted to determine the position of the ACT Government on this, but as at the time of writing I have yet to receive a response. Given that the Chief Minister Andrew Barr has stated on numerous occasions that the ACT will invariably adopt similar arrangements to those in NSW, I do not see much likelihood that the ACT might adopt a non-aligning position. I am sorry that I cannot provide more definitive advice as far as the ACT situation is concerned. Should I hear from the ACT Government I will of course, let you all know.
The DGA cannot and does not direct the closure of any club, this is purely the dissemination of the advice issued by Golf Australia and Golf NSW to support the decision-making of clubs.
For your information, the advice from both Golf Australia and Golf NSW is provided at the following links:
Whilst disappointing news to us all, I wish to thank clubs and management for the way in which they have embraced the various guidance that has been available to date, and which has enabled us to continue to participate in our game for as long we have. I sincerely hope that clubs are able to emerge from the other side whenever that may be, and I wish you and your staff all the very best for the weeks and months ahead.
As and when other updates are provided, I will email them directly and also have them placed on the DGA website.
Garry Heald, AM
President ACT-M DGA
COVID-19 UPDATE #4
28 March 2020
The following is a link to the email released by Golf NSW providing advice to those clubs conducting Sand Green events
COVID-19 UPDATE # 3
(25 March 2020)
The following is an email released by the DGA President to Clubs, GMs and CEOs this afternoon:
Good afternoon Club Presidents, GMs and CEOs
Since the announcements last night by the Prime Minister where additional restrictions have been declared, I have been in contact with Golf NSW to determine if there are to be any additional impacts on our ability to continue to participate in club golfing events.
I am pleased to advise that advice received from both Golf Australia and Golf NSW (after their consultation with State and Federal Sports Ministers) is that golf can continue to be played while we all strictly adhere to the social distancing measures as announced by the Federal Govt, and in conjunction with the relevant state/territory licensing laws. ACT Sport and Recreation confirmed to me this afternoon that the guidance issued by GA, Golf NSW and the R&A to support the continuation of club level golf is in alignment with the current intentions set out by the Federal/State/Territory Governments.
Golf Pro Shops may also continue to operate so long as there is strict compliance with social-spatial distancing regulations.
I am aware that most, if not all clubs, have put in place additional measures as recommended by the R&A, Golf Australia and Golf NSW in order to minimise the risk of transmission. I encourage clubs to continue to apply these and any other measures that may be released from time to time.
By its very nature, golf enables us to practice the spatial distancing requirements generally without too much inconvenience, and the other measures recently applied at clubs will support our quest to continue to enjoy our game – so long as we all adhere to the requirements!
I will continually monitor the various regulatory and other forums in the event there are changes to this recent guidance. Until then, I hope we continue to abide by the rules and enjoy the opportunity golf gives us all to get out into the fresh air, enjoy each other’s company and the healthy benefits golf provides.
Please note, that this is the situation and position today. As we know we are in an incredibly dynamic and fluid environment with changes happening at great speed. This guidance may well change in the future and we will continue to be led by the directions at Federal/State and Territory levels.
Garry Heald, AM
ACT-Monaro District Golf Association
COVID-19 UPDATE #2
(24 March 2020)
Significant changes, including restrictions came into force nationally on Monday 23 March 2020.
It remains the very strong recommendation of the ACT-M DGA that clubs actively monitor the advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and the relevant State/Territory Health Department as appropriate, over the coming days and weeks.
Attached is a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) issued by the ACT Government today. While this is a general set of FAQ covering sport in general within the ACT, golf clubs in particular should take notice of Point 1 – Can community sport and physical activity continue at this time?
A range of advice has recently been issued by the Royal and Ancient, Golf Australia and Golf NSW. This advice to designed to assist clubs in their efforts to ensure we can continue to participate in golf events. Clubs are encouraged to consider these advisories and take action as appropriate to their club situation.
- ACT Govt – FAQs re Sport and Recreation in the ACT
- Royal & Ancient Advisory
- Golf Australia Advice as at 24 March 2020
- Golf NSW Advice as at 23 March 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE #1
The Executive Committee has decided to suspend the 2020 DGA Men’s Pennant series.
The DGA announcement is located here (ANNOUNCEMENT)
The District Captain –Jim Jackson — is currently reviewing various options relating to this suspension.
At present, the remainder of the season should be considered as postponed and not cancelled. Jim hopes to have more information posted on to the site in the near future