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27/05/2020 – Hello all, 

Some great news this week in terms of getting back towards ‘normality’ at the club.
Good News #1
Groups of fours, from the first tee only, will return to the booking sheets from Wednesday 3 June. 

Please continue to follow the distancing rules and abide by any instructions from the pro shop staff around congregations (max. 20).

Please note that groups of four from the two tees and permanent bookings will return when the congregation rule increases from 20 to 30+.

Good News #2
The new rules will allow the clubhouse and bar to open from Monday 1 June.  There will be important restrictions in place which must be followed. 

 Our General Manager Paul Curtis will send out all the details later in the week.

12/05/2020

To All Members, 

Believe it or not, this is the ninth email to all members regarding Covid-19.  The first email was on 14 March, nearly two months ago.

1.  Playing Golf
The restrictions we have in place have not changed since the last update.  Please remember the key point is to never have more than 10 people congregating in the area around the pro shop / 1st tee.   
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled tee off, follow all instructions from the pro shop staff, and depart the club after your round is complete.

Until the SA Government increases the congregation size from 10 to 20, we will stay in groups of 3.  The new outdoor dining limited to 10 people is not of practical benefit to the club. 
We are continuing to watch take-away food developments, but at this time it does not seem practical for us.  Our General Manager Paul Curtis is in regular contact with Clubs SA, Golf Australia, and all other Adelaide golf clubs on these issues and we will implement changes when they are fully compliant and beneficial.

Please note that our liquor license considers the car park part of the licensed premises, the same as the bar.  Hence drinking around a car after golf is strictly forbidden as it contravenes the current Government restrictions and places the club at risk of serious fines and penalties.

Reminders:  i)  Even though the bunkers do not have rakes, please help look after them by using the normal entry points and not the bunker faces / walls.  ii) Please deposit your spare sand in the grey receptacles provided – do not tip into the garden where our volunteers have carefully spread bark for a tidy appearance.  

2.  Financial Impacts on the Club
Many members have asked “How is the club getting on financially through this?”.  

Our income has been considerably impacted, with Bar, Catering and Green Fees income all reduced to zero during the restrictions. 
We have tightened our spending on new projects and have made some short term reductions in staffing, but the maintenance of the golf course is still fully funded.  We have qualified for the Government’s Job Keeper support program and this will be very beneficial to the club’s finances and to our long term casual staff whose jobs are on hold.  It will be another month or so before we are able to accurately predict the full impact on our financial year.

So, the short answer to the question is “It is not an easy time for us, but we are going to get through it OK.”

3.  Other
Questions on the return of permanent bookings on Wednesdays and Saturdays have also been asked.  The Covid-19 restrictions have given us the opportunity to see how the bookings would operate with no permanent bookings. 
The Board at its meeting last week has asked the Match Committee to conduct a review of the positive and negative aspects of this arrangement and provide a report to the Board for discussion at the end of May.

The club is busy taking bookings now for future functions – birthdays, weddings etc.  If you have something coming up please contact the office to lock in a date and get your 10% member’s function discount. Refer a booking lead for someone else to the club and receive a $100 House Levy top up if the function goes ahead.

Thank you again to the Members, for abiding by all the new rules and processes that have been put in place.  The courteous and cheerful manner in which you have gone about your golfing continues to be noticed and appreciated.

A good news story in closing:  Some of our staff plus some members are volunteering their time and some materials to give our bar area a refresh and paint – something to look forward to when the bar is open again.  More on this to come.

Kind Regards,

Ken Godson
President

28/04/2020

This email provides an update on the latest developments at West Lakes Golf Club.    

  1. Golf Australia – new ruling for S.A. Clubs

Golf Australia (GA) formally advised SA clubs last night that they can continue to be open for golfing provided the restrictions we have put in place are seen to be followed and working.  GA has decided this after receiving advice from the SA Government and SA Police that golf courses in SA would be treated the same as beaches and parks and a limit of 10 people together would be applied (as well as social distancing between individuals).

This is very welcome news for you and our club, but we need your cooperation to be able to continue to be open.  The part we must manage carefully is the gathering of a maximum of 10 people prior to hitting off.  Having groups of 2 and following instructions from the pro shop staff will help, but each player must do their part to ensure we comply at all times and pass any inspection that is occurring regularly around Adelaide.

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE TO PLAY MORE THAN 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TEE OFF.  If your trip accidentally gets you there a bit early, do not go to the pro shop or around the first tee until 15 minutes before tee off at the earliest.  If it looks like there are 10 people in the area already, stay in your car until some people leave.  After golf, place your cards in the box by the pro shop and vacate the club. 

  1. Three Players per group means less spots available to book into

To help with this situation, in the interests of all of your fellow members getting a game, we ask you to abide by the following:

  • If you don’t work and can play during the week, please leave the Saturday and Sunday spots open to give the ‘weekend only’ members a chance to book in
  • Do not arrive at golf more than 15 minutes prior to scheduled tee off
  • If you can only play on the weekend, please book into either Saturday or Sunday golf, not both.

This will give more members a chance to make a booking soon after the timesheets open.  If there are still vacant spots remaining 48 hours before the tee off time, any member can then book into a spot.

  1. Other information 

We are awaiting the delivery of the new sand buckets.  When these are available, the filling of divots will again become a required action.  In the meantime, if you have your own sand bucket, you can help by filling in other divots you see.

For members who are not used to using the online booking system, the days and times that the booking sheets ‘open’ online are published on our website and are summarised below:

  • Monday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Monday)
  • Tuesday – open 8 days prior at 4:00pm (previous Monday)
  • Wednesday – open 8 days prior at 12:00pm (Tuesday of previous week)
  • Thursday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Thursday)
  • Friday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Friday)
  • Saturday – open 8 days prior at 12:00pm (Friday of previous week)
  • Sunday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Sunday)

Many thanks for your continued cooperation with these and the other measures that have been put in place which are allowing us to continue to get our healthy exercise and golf ‘fix’.

Ken Godson
President, 

21/04/2020

Greetings All members
I would like to congratulate you all again for assisting the club manage through the COVID-19 challenges, and adhering to our guidance to keep golf being played here at West Lakes.

Effective from next Wednesday 29th April, all timesheets will be amended to reflect groups of 3 players (members only, no visitors) for tee bookings. The current advice (unchanged since 30th March) from the SA Police Commissioners office is that golf courses are treated no differently to public parks and beaches.

Whilst we are slightly increasing booking numbers from 2 to 3 players for tee time intervals, the following needs to continue until further notice:

  • Never have more than 10 people congregating in areas in around the Pro Shop, 1st tee, Clubhouse, Practice Facilities and Car Park.
  • Arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled tee off.
  • Follow all instructions from the Pro Shop staff, and leave the club after your round.
  • All members must still adhere to social distancing requirements.    

Thanks in advance for your continued co-operation and support.

Regards
Paul Curtis
General Manager

Click to view WLGC Covid-19 Restrictions Notice as at 1st April 2020

To All Members, 
There are two key thoughts in my mind in writing this update.
Firstly, how lucky we are that we are able to still enjoy our golf, providing not only physical exercise but an important diversion from the uncertain world we currently live in.    
Secondly, how proud I am of everyone at the West Lakes Golf Club and how they have contributed to and cooperated with the restrictions necessary to enable golf to continue.

1.  Golfing restrictions
The restrictions we have in place have not changed since the last update.  Please remember the key point is to never have more than 10 people congregating in the area around the pro shop / 1st tee.    That means groups of two starting from 1st tee only, do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled tee off, follow all instructions from the pro shop staff, and depart the club after your round is complete.
The demand for Tee Times is high with the current 2 player restrictions and it is important to give all Members an equal opportunity to get a game.  The online system for all days is working well, but please delete your booking ASAP if you are unable to play, to release the spot to others wishing to play.   We are constantly monitoring tee offs and have recently reduced tee time intervals to 6 minutes on some days, given that 2-ball play has been much quicker than the standard 4-ball. 
Now that new sand buckets are available for each player to take home and re-use, the filling of divots has returned as a normal requirement.

2.  Thank you to many groups of people
Thank you to you, the Members, for abiding by all the new rules and processes that have been put in place.  The courteous and cheerful manner in which you have adapted to the new ‘state of play’ has been magnificent.
Thank you to Chris Holiday and his staff in the pro shop.  They have willingly taken on other extra duties like managing the movement of players before tee off and scorecard entry.  On some days Chris has had to increase his staffing to achieve this and has done so at no cost to the club.
Thank you to Paul Curtis and our golf club staff for not only keeping things running smoothly with less staff than normal, but also taking on many new challenges.  You will be pleased to know that we are confident of qualifying for the Government’s Job Keeper financial stimulus program, which is especially important for the staff that have been stood down temporarily.
And thank you to our Board and Sub-committee members, some of which have had to put in many extra hours to ensure the club is not only able to continue to operate, but also come out of the other end of this situation in a strong position.

Please look after yourself and your loved ones and if possible lend a hand to those that have suffered badly as a result of this pandemic.

Kind Regards,
Ken Godson
President, 

Click to view Member Update from Club President 1st of April 2020

Email from the 1st of April 2020

To All Members, This email provides an update on the latest developments at West Lakes Golf Club.    

  1. Golf Australia – new ruling for S.A. Clubs

Golf Australia (GA) formally advised SA clubs last night that they can continue to be open for golfing provided the restrictions we have put in place are seen to be followed and working.  GA has decided this after receiving advice from the SA Government and SA Police that golf courses in SA would be treated the same as beaches and parks and a limit of 10 people together would be applied (as well as social distancing between individuals).

This is very welcome news for you and our club, but we need your cooperation to be able to continue to be open.  The part we must manage carefully is the gathering of a maximum of 10 people prior to hitting off.  Having groups of 2 and following instructions from the pro shop staff will help, but each player must do their part to ensure we comply at all times and pass any inspection that is occurring regularly around Adelaide.

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE TO PLAY MORE THAN 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TEE OFF.  If your trip accidentally gets you there a bit early, do not go to the pro shop or around the first tee until 15 minutes before tee off at the earliest.  If it looks like there are 10 people in the area already, stay in your car until some people leave.  After golf, place your cards in the box by the pro shop and vacate the club. 

  1. Two Players per group means less spots available to book into

To help with this situation, in the interests of all of your fellow members getting a game, we ask you to abide by the following:

  • If you don’t work and can play during the week, please leave the Saturday and Sunday spots open to give the ‘weekend only’ members a chance to book in
  • If you can only play on the weekend, please book into either Saturday or Sunday golf, not both.

This will give more members a chance to make a booking soon after the timesheets open.  If there are still vacant spots remaining 48 hours before the tee off time, any member can then book into a spot.

  1. Other information 

We are awaiting the delivery of the new sand buckets.  When these are available, the filling of divots will again become a required action.  In the meantime, if you have your own sand bucket, you can help by filling in other divots you see.

For members who are not used to using the online booking system, the days and times that the booking sheets ‘open’ online are published on our website and are summarized below:

  • Monday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Monday)
  • Tuesday – open 15 days prior at 4:00pm (Monday of previous fortnight)
  • Wednesday – open 8 days prior at 12:00pm (Tuesday of previous week)
  • Thursday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Thursday)
  • Friday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Friday)
  • Saturday – open 8 days prior at 12:00pm (Friday of previous week)
  • Sunday – open 7 days prior at 6:00am (previous Sunday)

Many thanks for your continued cooperation with these and the other measures that have been put in place which are allowing us to continue to get our healthy exercise and golf ‘fix’.

Ken Godson, President 

Email from the President 31/03/2020

To All Members,

This email provides an update on the additional restrictions and safety measures being put in place this week as a result of the Prime Minister’s media statement on 29 March.    

The two additional areas impacting golfers are: 1) a maximum of two players per golfing group; and 2) advice for at risk people to self-isolate at home.

 1.  Two Players Per Group

 Monday, Tuesday*, Thursday, and Friday – The timesheets have already been changed to groups of two.

Please check your booking as your time may have changed and remove your name if you wish to no longer play. 

Additions and changes can be done online.  * Tuesday Women – see additional note below.

 Wednesday 1 Apr – Timesheet has been locked.  All names will be deleted and the timesheet will open for bookings in groups of two at 11.00 AM Tuesday 31 March (tomorrow).

 Wednesday 8 Apr – Timesheet will open for bookings in groups of two at 12.00 PM Thursday 2 April.

 Saturday 4 Apr – Timesheet has been locked.  All names will be deleted and the timesheet will open for bookings in groups of two at 3.00 PM Tuesday 31 March (tomorrow).   

The Eclectic comp will be postponed.

Sunday 5 Apr – Timesheet has been locked.  All names will be deleted and the timesheet will open for bookings in groups of two at 12.00 PM Thursday 2 April.   

 ‘Permanent Bookings’  will not be loaded into the Wed and Sat timesheets until further notice.

 * Tuesday Women’s Competitions – Due to restrictions around the handling of scorecards etc, the Women’s Committee will not be running the competition. 

Instead the Pro Shop will conduct 18 hole and 9 hole stableford competitions and award prizes as per the process for Men’s and Mixed competitions. 

2.  Advice for Senior Members

 The Federal Government has issued the following statement:

 “Coronavirus has more serious impacts on older Australians, those over 70 years of age and Australians with existing health conditions or comorbidities.  

National Cabinet’s strong advice is for self-isolation at home to the maximum extent practicable for Australians:

           –  over 70 years of age; 
           –  over 60 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities;
           –  indigenous Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities.”

 This is “strong advice”, not a rule or direction, but members in any of these categories should reassess playing golf.

 A full list of all the restrictions now in place is in the attached notice which will be posted around the club and online. 

 In closing, thank you to all who have attended the club in the last week and demonstrated how easy it is to cooperate and abide by the restrictions that have had to be put in place.  

Please continue to follow the direction and instructions being given by our pro shop staff – they are doing a terrific job in keeping everyone separated and compliant with the restrictions prior to hit off.

Ken Godson President, 
West Lakes Golf Club

From Paul Curtis @ 30/3/2020

The following measures are in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at our club:

  • Time sheets are now 2 Ball only effective from Monday 30th March
  • Safe distancing of at least 1.50m
  • Members only, no visitors allowed
  • Pro shop restrictions for the number of people allowed at a time
  • 1st tee starts only from Monday 30th March
  • No NTP’s in play
  • Bunker rakes removed, additional local rules amended for bunkers
  • Flag stick to remain in at all times, remove ball with your gloved hand
  • Mark your own scorecards, verbally confirm scores with your playing partner
  • Balls washers and drinking fountains covered over
  • Clubhouse bar and kitchen closed until further notice, office, toilets and locker rooms still open

The club is doing all we can to keep golf operating and being played by our members, therefore please ensure you do the right thing and adhere to our guidance. 

Regards
Paul Curtis
General Manager