Rowes Bay GC regarding COVID-19


Hello Members & Guests,

In light of the world’s current situation we would like to take this time to assure all members that we take your health very seriously. We have implemented rigorous cleaning & sanitisation routines.

RBGC are still operating as per usual based on advice from Australian Government, Qld Health organisations and our peak body, Golf Australia.

If you or a family member has recently returned from overseas, or if you have come into contact with someone who has recently returned to Australia or if you feel unwell or are uncertain about your health, you should not come to the club.

We appreciate that our membership profile has many members in the vulnerable age bracket and those members should take additional precautions.

We understand these are difficult times, but if we all work together, we will get through this situation.

Please see below a message from Golf Australia:

Golf Australia and the GMA have released the following advice regarding golf clubs and Covid-19:

Member, Guest and Staff travel advice

If your members or guests have recently returned from overseas, they are now required by law to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, as of midnight on Sunday, March 15. During this period, they should not visit your facility for any reason.

If – in the 14 days prior to Sunday, March 15 – your members or guests have recently returned from or transited through China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mongolia or South Korea, we recommend that they do not visit your facility for any reason – including use of the golf course only – until the 14 day period has elapsed.

We further recommend that if – in the 14 days prior to Sunday March 15 – members or guests recently returned from or who have transited through Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand or from a cruise holiday and who are experiencing flu-like symptoms do not visit your facility, including use of the golf course only, for 14 days.

For simple, easy to understand advice for your members and guests including important health tips, you can also refer to the World Health Organisation’s advice for the public website.

Member, Guest and Staff health advice

Golf clubs and facilities are often heavily trafficked, and there is a chance that a member, guest or member of your staff will be exposed to, or test positive to, COVID-19.

It is vitally important that if a member, guest or staff member tests positive to COVID-19, they must inform the club/facility as soon as possible. If this has occurred, anyone testing positive will be contacted by the State/Territory Department of Health in relation to contact tracing. You should then take advice on ongoing facility operations from your State/Territory Department of Health.

Playing Golf:

It should be noted that the vast majority of golfers can and should continue to visit your clubs or facility as per normal. Of course, golfers should exhibit a heightened awareness of personal hygiene as has been encouraged by state and federal health departments.

Examples of easy to implement changes to regular operations:

Some examples of changes for clubs and facilities that will help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include:

  • Place signage around clubhouse along with hand sanitisers
  • Remove use of member cards in place of providing member number at point of sale purchases
  • Remove shared items such as complimentary cheese and crackers
  • Where possible, leaving doors ajar removing the need to push doors open or turn door knobs
  • No hand shaking
  • No dollar bets
  • Use drink trays for rounds of drinks
  • Remove items such as shoe cleaners, sun creams, hair brushes and combs, hair gel and hair dryers from locker rooms
  • Sanitise motorised carts, push buggy and sand bucket handles, air compressor handles, before and after use
  • Encourage golfers to wear their putting glove when removing the flag stick and when raking bunkers
  • Remove cash transactions and encourage ‘Pay-Wave’ transactions where no contact is required
  • Remove small pins from practice putting greens

To be clear, Golf Australia is not advocating for regular club competitions to cease and we are encouraging that these continue.

If any members have any concerns relating to the above please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Gary Toplis
General Manager,
Rowes Bay Golf Club Inc.

Ph: 4774 1188 (ext 3)

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