GUIDELINES FOR RETURN TO GOLF AND BOWLING ON 26TH APRIL 2021

Wednesday, 21st April, 2021

GUIDELINES FOR RETURN TO GOLF AND BOWLING ON 26TH APRIL 2021

The purpose of this document is to offer practical advice and guidance for our Members and staff to prepare for the reopening of the Golf course and Bowling green from Monday, 26th April 2021.

It is essential that golf and bowling reopens in a responsible and safe way and that Government advice and policy is adhered to at all times.

These measures, will be under constant review and updated in accordance with guidelines from Government, HSE, WHO and in conjunction with Golf Ireland/ BLI and will evolve in accordance with the gradual lifting of restrictions.

Members are asked for their patience with all staff as they are working under Government guidelines and restrictions.

Details for booking on Timesheets will be issued on Tuesdays (for the following Saturdays and Sundays) and on Thursdays (for the following Mondays through to Fridays).

The Management Committee will monitor the use of timesheets and update Members of any changes that may be required to ensure the Club complies with all guidelines set out by the Government and Golf Ireland.

BOOKING TIMES FOR GOLFERS:
• Members shall use the BRS system to book a time.
• Though the Pro Shop will not reopen either Eamonn or Kevin will be in the Pro Shop to monitor the starting times and also to take telephone bookings where required for the timesheets (01 833 1877).
• Members may enter a line on the timesheets, but if ‘Guest’ or ‘X’ is entered they will be removed.
• The Management Committee may reserve a limited number of places on the timesheets for Members of the Club who are Frontline workers (if required).

BAG ROOM:
Members whose golf clubs, shoes, etc. are in the Bag Room, and intend to play golf are required to visit the Club (Concourse entrance) not more than 25 minutes before they are due to play in order to retrieve their equipment. After playing golf they may return their golf equipment to the Bag Room and ensure they abide by the Guidelines for Social Distancing.

GOLF COURSE BOOKING AND ARRIVALS:
• Currently bookings are for Members only. When restrictions are eased visitors and guests will be encouraged.
• Members must show consideration to other Members. No shows will be carefully monitored and Member booking restrictions may be put in place.
• Booking a tee time in advance is compulsory, either via the Club website or BRS App.
• Tee time booking intervals must be strictly adhered to.
• No sharing of equipment is permitted i.e. including buggies. Exception -  two Members from the same household may share a buggy.
• Ample car parking is provided, please observe social distancing.
• Arrive at the Club no more than 15 minutes prior to a booked tee time and no more than 25 minutes if a Member has to retrieve his/her equipment from the Bag room.
• Observe social distancing on the practice chipping and putting greens.
• Access to the practice chipping and putting greens will be to the group that is immediately waiting to play and limited to the group number.
• Locker Rooms are closed and Members are permitted to change in the car park.
• Toilets will be open in the Clubhouse (via the Concourse entrance) and on the course, to facilitate golfers on timesheets.
• Please replace your divots.
• Guests are not permitted to walk the course with playing Members.
• Members who need to sit down while changing shoes should carry a small stool or chair in their cars.

BOWLING GREEN BOOKING AND ARRIVALS:
• Play is for Members only.
• Booking a tee time in advance is compulsory via the Club website.
• Touching of the jack by one Member only.
• Members must show consideration to other Members.
• All six rinks will be open playing in Singles. Exception – Two Members from same household may play opposite two Members from another household.
• No sharing of equipment is permitted.
• Members, must travel to the Club alone or with members of the same household.
• Ample car parking is provided, please observe social distancing.
• Arrival at the Bowling green no more than 15 minutes prior to arranged time.
• Members of the Bowling Club cannot enter the Bowling Pavilion except to collect and return their bowls.
• Observe social distancing on the green.
• Locker Rooms are closed and Members are permitted to change in the car park.
• Toilets will be open in the Clubhouse (entrance by Concourse) to facilitate Bowlers’ timesheets.

ACCESS TO THE GOLF COURSE:
• During the initial stage, access to the golf course will be to our staff and only Club Members who are playing.
• To access the golf course, a player must be:
o Be a current Member.
o Not have a cold or be displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
o Not be required to be in self-isolation.
o Have a tee time reserved.

ACCESS TO THE BOWLING GREEN:
• Access to the bowling green will be to our staff and Club Members only.
• To access the bowling green, a player must be:
o Be a current Member.
o Not have a cold or be displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
o Not required to be in self-isolation.
o Have a tee time reserved.

ACCESS TO THE CLUBHOUSE:
• Access to the Clubhouse (other than toilets) will be limited to our staff and contractors carrying out essential maintenance only. Any other access will be with the express prior permission of the General Manager only.
• Toilets will be opened and closed at designated times to coincide with timesheets and facilitate golf and bowling.
• A member of staff will be in attendance to facilitate regular cleaning and sanitising of doors /toilets while access to Clubhouse is permitted.
• Hand sanitisers will be provided at entry and exit points.
• Locker Rooms, Restaurant, function room, lounge and Bar are closed.

PLAYING ON THE GOLF COURSE:
• Play will be for Members only initially; no guests are permitted.
• Tee time booking can only be done online.
• The tee time intervals will be 8 minutes (in 2-balls) between tee times to allow for easier social distancing. 
• Players to arrive in golf attire and change shoes at the car.
• Wash your hands and your golf equipment before you leave home.
• Bring your own hand sanitiser to the course and use regularly during the round.
• Bins, divot bins, ball washers, seating, rakes etc. have been removed or covered.
• Players to smooth bunker sand with their feet or with a club.
• Flagsticks to remain in the hole and should not be touched.
• Scorecards will not be available during the initial reopening of the golf course.
• Players to walk between shots keeping at least 2-metre distance.
• Do not proceed to the next tee until the tee box is free and social distancing can take place.
• Unless otherwise instructed, each hole must be played in sequence. Jumping between holes is strictly forbidden.
• Do not double back to play again if your ball is lost. Do not pick up “found” golf balls.
• Do not share or touch, equipment, food or drink with another player. Ensure that you have sufficient numbers of golf balls, markers, tees to avoid having to exchange equipment with others.
• Do not dump or hide your rubbish on the course, please bring it home and dispose of it correctly.
• All golfers must leave the course 15 minutes before sunset.
• No high fives or handshakes.
• When competitions resume Members will be advised of any additional Local Rules.

PLAYING ON THE BOWLING GREEN:
• Play and booking system will be managed by a sub-committee of the Bowling Committee and bowlers will be reminded of the guidance on social distancing and safe play.
• Play will be for Members only initially. No guests are permitted.
• Players to arrive in bowling attire and change shoes at the car.
• When guests/visitors are permitted, guests/visitors must provide phone numbers and email addresses to enable contact tracing.
• No sharing of bowls or equipment will be permitted.
• Wash your hands and your equipment before you leave home.
• Bring your own hand sanitiser to the course and use regularly during play.
• Members who need to sit down while changing shoes should carry a small stool or chair in their cars.

USE OF THE GARDEN PRACTICE AREA:
• Members may use the Garden Practice Area provided:
o It is Members only.
o Use is limited to four and play is away from Bowling green.
o No sharing of golf clubs or golf balls.
o Entrance to the Garden Practice Area is beside the Machine Shed entrance only and Members must observe the 2-metre distancing rule.

TAKEAWAY SERVICE:
Our Caterers, Ann and Laurent, will reopen on Monday, 26th April, with a Takeaway Service and operating form the Smoking Shelter, from 11.00am until 7.00pm. They will be serving tea, coffees, snacks, breakfast bap, beef burger, fresh chicken fillet burger and BBQ pulled pork wrap.

They will be taking orders, each day from Monday for takeaway on Saturday nights and as always, for this Saturday will be taking orders between 1pm and 4pm from tomorrow (Thursday, 22nd April) at 833 1892.

Please remember this is a Takeaway service and there are no facilities for outdoor dining in accordance with Government Restrictions.

The very popular Afternoon Tea Caddy can be ordered each day from Monday (26th April) with a 24- hour notice.

If you would like to add a bottle of wine to your Saturday night order, this can be done with your food order on Thursdays and can be deducted from your Bar Credit. We currently have in stock Domaine Peiriere Réserve, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fumées Blanches, Sauvignon Blanc for €13.50 per bottle.

If you would like to order wine, please call the Office to place an order for collection during the week, while stocks last. Members can use any Bar Credit that they have on their account to purchase wine.


RESUMING FULL SERVICE:
Over time the full services provided by our Club, caterers and professional staff will resume. However, it should be noted that there may be certain restrictions in place for some time, such as a degree of social distancing and the management of the capacity of our restricted facilities, both on and off the golf course and bowling green that will necessitate a phased return to full operation.