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  • Coronavirus - Update

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  • 07 May 2020

Continuation of Lockdown

All members and players to note.

We are sure that you will all be aware that the First Minister announced today that lockdown measures will continue for another 3 weeks minimum with the next review due to take place on the 28 May.

We will all be disappointed that we are unable to reopen and start playing golf as yet but clearly the greater need remains the health and welfare of the country.

Please be assured that your committees are continuing to monitor and make preparations for any relaxation of the lockdown and decisions that golf can resume. This has included the return to work in the last few weeks of the green staff to carry out essential maintenance of the courses, work on implementing the new VMS software and consideration of the conditions that we will need to be in place for that go ahead when it comes. These might include for example the on-course measures we announced just prior to lockdown, increasing time between games and limiting the number of players in each group, but we await further guidelines from the UK & Scottish government, R&A and SGU to understand exactly what these are. We are making what preparations we can in the meantime on reasonable assumptions so we can minimise the time it will take from the announcement to get the course and environs ready for us all to get back to playing.

We will circulate further guidance on these ‘safe’ golf measures and timings for the resumption of golf in due course.

In the meantime, we will all just need to be patient, remain safe and follow the guidance while our courses remain closed. It is disappointing and frustrating for the vast majority of us when we hear that people are playing on our course, members or not, but we can only stress the need for all members to stick together, not to golf and risk the reputation of the golf club as well as the more important matter of all our health, until we hear better news.

Executive Committee
7 May 2020

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  • 20 April 2020

As we continue to monitor the Covid -19 pandemic and the social distancing measures, the Executive committee have reviewed our course maintenance status.

It has been decided that, in the interests of keeping the courses in a manageable condition as we go through this crisis, we allow the green staff to return to work.

This will take place Monday, 20th April,2020. The Green staff will be required to comply with the following SGU recommended guidelines on work practices :-
- Focus on hygiene and social distancing
- Ensure staff members work separately
- Allocate individual machinery to one worker only
- If multiple staff on site, then stagger working hours and break times
- Limit or prohibit use of communal areas
- Regularly disinfect any surface that is contacted e.g. door handles, fuel pumps, communal machinery
- Ensure there is a robust lone working policy

Members are advised that this action is being taken solely for the purpose of ensuring our courses are kept in a reasonable condition and to also minimise the preparation time required to make ready the courses for play as and when Social distancing measures are relaxed.

We would ask members to please note that the courses are still CLOSED for play and practice at this time and members are kindly asked to respect this position. Whilst our courses are designated as open space for walking, playing Golf is not permitted under current restrictions.

We will of course continue to keep you informed as the situation progresses and we thank you for your continued support and patience.

Executive Committee

  • 24 March 2020

 

  • Golf Course and Clubhouse Facilities Closure
  • In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.

  • The new measures announced state that you may only leave home:
    - to go to work (if you are a key worker)
    - to infrequently shop for groceries, medicine and other essentials
    - to exercise outside once a day on your own or with family
    - to provide care or help a vulnerable person for any medical need

  • Consequently,it is with much regret that the Executive Committee have taken the decision to inform members that, effective immediately, our golf courses and all clubhouse premises will be closed to all members and visitors until further notice.

  • We will be working with all staff ongoing in order to deal with and clarify the consequences of this decision.

  • We will of course continue to keep members fully informed as this situation evolves.
    Meanwhile,we thank you for your continued support and understanding at this time.

    Executive Committee.
    Greenock Golf Club

  • 17 March 2020

The Executive Committee met this morning to consider the implications for the Golf Club and its members resulting from yesterdays revised guidance from Government.

As a result, the Executive Committee has determined that, in the best interests of the membership and staff, the clubhouse facilities will be closed effectively immediately. This means that all lounge areas, bar and restaurant facilities will not be available for general use for the foreseeable future.

However, in recognition of the impact this virus will have on our social activities, the Executive Committee is anxious to ensure that the Golf courses remain available to members. To that end, we will keep the locker room and toilet facilities open (excluding shower room). This arrangement will of course be subject to review as the situation evolves.

It is our strong desire that playing golf at Greenock GC should continue if at all possible, including competitions. And to that end, more information will be forthcoming in the next few days regarding competition entry and administration process. Indeed, playing golf may be the only social activity we can safely take part in over the next few months so this will be our main focus while it is still appropriate.

The Executive Committee fully appreciate the inconvenience these decisions may cause, but we would ask you to recognise that they have been taken with the prime objective of acting in the best interests of the membership and staff.

We will of course be monitoring the situation as it develops, and it is very likely that we will need to make further difficult decisions affecting the use and management of the Golf Club in the weeks and months to come.Any such changes will of course be communicated to the membership as and when necessary. We would ask for the members support and understanding during this challenging time for everyone.

Thank you,

 

Executive Committee