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Coronavirus (Covid 19)  Update - 1 June 2020

The decision to play in two's was taken following a late statement from Wales Golf based on guidelines set down by the Welsh Government. This was in order to maintain the smooth flow of play and also to avoid congestion on the course which would occur if we allowed different numbers of players in a group. Sunday has seen a steady flow of members playing and all appears to have run well.

The present booking system is a temporary measure and has been put in place to ensure that all members get a chance to book a tee time. Unfortunately, we have experienced some members attempting to book multiple tee times which had we had an on-line booking system this would have been extremely difficult to monitor and control.

Once normal conditions resume, we shall return to our usual system of booking. We pride ourselves on being a "freedom club" which allows members to turn up and play mid week only needing to check the diary or with Jason to confirm available times. Our members generally only book on line to play in the Saturday or Sunday competitions only.

From 1 June all bookings must have an official tee time which must be booked via Jason and both players names must be given.

Having looked at the diary most of the times for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been allocated but we did not expect there to be tee times still available on all three days showing less demand for times than anticipated. Consequently, from today Monday 1st June we are removing the three day buffer zone and you may now ring Jason to book a time and you may play as often as you wish.

We have abnormal playing conditions at present with the ground being very bare and with cracks in some places. To help you and to save the course we shall bring in lift and place not nearer the hole on fairways, in semi rough and bunkers. Please leave bunkers as tidy as possible and use your club to clean up after you have played your shot.

Social golf is the order of the day. When we reach a stage of being able to run qualifying competitions any necessary local rules will be put in place with their own strict guidelines approved by Wales Golf.

I thank you all for your patience and hopefully understanding over the past few weeks. Please remember we should all still be socially distancing so don't be tempted to stay on after your game for a chat with friends. Follow the guidelines, you are doing brilliantly so keep up the good practice, stay safe and enjoy the golf.


Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update - 30th May 2020

You may remember that in the Captain's Update 14th May I explained that booking of tee times available to members was extended to additional times each week with no restriction as the demand to play had not been as great as expected and that we would re-introduce a 3 day buffer zone of play once playing in two balls was permitted.

The buffer zone is being re-introduced from 1 June. We now know play can be in pairs and not confined to those from the same household. We estimate a huge demand for tee times from members as social golf in pairs is far more attractive to members than playing on their own. Wales Golf has also issued a late statement yesterday which includes the possibility of playing in 3 or 4's at the discretion of the golf club as long as it involves only one other household beside your own.

Having looked at the situation very carefully it was obvious that booking a mixture of group sizes was only going to lead to problems with 2 players becoming very frustrated and impatient if they were behind a group of 3 or 4 players with no priority for any group. This has already happened with a lone golfer being reported as playing too close to the pair playing in front. Having to wait for a slower group playing in front is likely to lead to a buildup of players waiting on tees to go off making social distancing very difficult and possibly unsafe. Remember only players from TWO different households can play together and the Wales Golf website makes this quite clear (www.walesgolf.org}

We have decided that for a trial period of two weeks from 1 June or until we are given the all clear to play with who we like and how often, we shall be booking tee times in 2 balls where everyone should play at the same pace and can enjoy their game with a friend or family member from another household. This system will be reviewed and possibly amended.

Members will need to think carefully and be selective in the times they book if they wish to play more than once a week. E.g. Play on Monday will mean waiting until Thursday to play again. This will be an ongoing system, play Thursday and your next game would be Sunday. Play Sunday next game is Wednesday etc.

Booking is on a first come first served basis and no block bookings will be taken. You must declare the name of each player on booking and neither will be able to play again for 3 days. Booking future multiple games will not be permitted. However, it may be possible to play an additional game by checking with either Jason or Nicola if there are times available at the end of the day that have not been allocated by 5 pm. We must cater for members that can only play after work. All members must be given an equal chance to play and you will not be able to re-book until after you have played the current round.

It is with disappointment that a number of distancing issues have been reported resulting in one suspension. Any violation of the rules on social distancing must be reported by email to the Secretary at wenvoecastlegolfclub@btinternet.com and the Management Committee will deal with the incident. Playing in two's means just that. A political phrase that comes to mind is:

"RULES DON'T APPLY TO ME THEY ONLY APPLY TO OTHERS"

I am pleased to say most members follow these rules but they do apply to all of us and we must abide by them if we are to exist harmoniously and stay safe. We are playing social golf for enjoyment so let's just do things properly. If golfers are seen to be following the rules now it is far more likely that it will be returned to normal more quickly.

Bookings can be made either with Nicola (07703332149) and Jason (07808856316) from 2.30pm until 5pm today 30th May and from 10am to 5pm each day onwards. Tee times will be available from 8am until late each day. Please telephone for a booking as text or emails will not be accepted. Visitors are still not permitted at this time. Children of the same household may accompany a parent (one child only). We remind you that you are responsible for the safety of your child.

This should have clarified the situation for all members. I sincerely hope that we can move forward into this new phase with ease. Best wishes to you all and a great deal of enjoyment.

Lesley Sherrard
Club Captain

 

 

Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update - 14th May 2020 

From today you have been able to book a tee time to play on your own or with another member of your household that is also a member. Booking times can be made with Jason or Nicola from today as notified in my previous update yesterday.

The Secretary has received a number of emails/phone calls regarding the course opening and set guidelines. As far as we are concerned NOTHING HAS CHANGED since the last communication to you on 13th May the guidelines still remain with the following additions:

• The restriction of members only being allowed to play in singles and another member of the same household has had a significant impact on the number of tee time bookings made today. Therefore, the club has taken the decision to allow members to book additional tee times within the first week of play. The 3 day buffer will not come into effect until 2 balls are permitted.

• Members will be permitted to bring along one adult non-member of their family household to walk the course with them. The family member must not wander to other parts of the course or clubhouse areas and must stay with the member at all times. They will follow the same strict guidelines as the member and not pick up balls from the course or touch the flagpoles etc.

• All practice areas facilities are out of bounds and not to be used.

• It is imperative that single players MUST NOT pair up at any point on the course. If this practice is carried out it will jeopardise the guidelines and restrictions enforced by Wales Golf and the Welsh Government and may result in the course being closed.

• Score Cards will not be available

If your clubs and trolley are still at the golf club you will need to ring Nicola at the latest by Saturday 16th May to arrange a time for collection. Until we are in a position to open the Clubhouse, locker rooms and personal facilities they will remain closed. My apologies for the inconvenience!!!

We are sincerely hoping that everyone abides by the guidelines as this will allow all players to have a peaceful, enjoyable game and to stay safe. Playing as an individual is not something most of us are used to or desire. We have to think of it as a way to have a very pleasant way to exercise and get fresh air. Remember, this is a return to golf and please do not expect too much.

With any luck Wales Government will rethink their guidelines and we will soon be able to play in twos and later 3 / 4 balls. As soon as this is allowed, we are ready to change our booking and playing arrangements, as a result of updates by Welsh Government and Wales Golf, as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, play on your own, follow the guidelines and enjoy just hitting a golf ball.

 

Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update - 13th May 2020

The course will re-open Monday 18th May.

The following guidelines and restrictions must be adhered to at all times. If members choose not to follow the restrictions there is a possibility the course will be closed again by the Government.  The information below is based on information from Wales Golf and the Welsh Government click on the name of the organisation (in gold) for links to their information.

Members who are not local will travel at their own discretion to play golf. The Club cannot take the responsibility while the government guidelines are vague.

We would also remind members who are classed as vulnerable to consider their health before travelling to the course.

The following must be adhered to until further notice:
When you arrive and leave
Please do not arrive sooner than 15 minutes before your tee time and park in alternate spaces, using the overflow if this is not possible.
Report to the starter on the first tee (there will be distancing signs on the ground, please do not move forward until the person in front of you has gone).
One ball per time will be permitted – two balls if you are from the same family home and members
Locker/ Trolley Rooms and Toilets will not be accessible.
When you leave the course please proceed to your car and return home.
Sanitiser station will be available on the first tee
On the Course
Please keep your distance at all times from the player in front and behind you.
Avoid slow play at all times
If your ball is lost please do not look for it and do not pick up lost golf balls on the course
A ball pick up system will be available on each flag pole to retrieve your ball.
Bunkers – use the back of your club to smooth the sand (rakes will not be available)
All rubbish is to be taken home with you and not left in bins on or around the course.
Ball washes and all other furniture on the course will be removed for use.
Under no circumstances must members pair up on the course
It is suggested all players carry their mobile phone at this time.
Tee Time Booking
Bookings will only be taken by telephone, please do not text or email

Book with Nicola – 07703332149 this applies to: The Grocers, All Ladies, The Shoot, Thursday Stableford, Wenvoe Village Group, New2Golf, General Membership. Nine holes only (from the 10th between 8.30am – 9.30am)

Book with Jason – 07808856316 this applies to: Winter League, Match Room, Men Seniors, Wayfarers, Conies/Hallett, Disciples, Poets, PlayMoreGolf

Tee times will be available from the first tee 8am until till 6pm
Jason and I will be taking bookings from 9am to 6pm
You may only have one tee booking every 3 days due to the potential volume of members requesting a tee time

Getting In Touch

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Email:
  secretary@wenvoecastlegolfclub.co.uk
Tel: Secretary 07703332149 or Professional 07808856316
Address: Wenvoe Castle Golf Club, Wenvoe, Nr Cardiff, Wales CF5 6BE

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