Another week has passed in this crazy new world we now live in. There are a number of important issues this week and we need to emphasize some of these. The idea is not to offend anyone, especially if you are innocent of any wrong-doing, but please give the matters the attention they deserve. The first 3 items below are of particular importance, as we have had some poor discipline in these instances and this cannot continue.
Sharing of golf carts
This rule has NOT changed . It only allows for players from the same household and BUBBLE to share carts. The regulations regarding cart sharing read as follows:
“1 player/bag per cart unless from the same bubble/household (subject to approval upon booking). The risk of transmission through sharing of golf carts is through airborne and touch. Golfers sharing a cart are less than 1,5 m apart for an extended period, which is deemed to be a high risk for airborne transmission. The sharing of golf carts negates the physical distancing that is inherent to the sport. The touch transmission risk is also high since golfers would tend to swop the function of driving the carts, accidentally touch or choose to share each other’s equipment or accidental personal contact etc. The international best practice in most countries in similar stages of Pandemic control remains as per the GolfRSA guidelines.”
There have been instances recently where members were seen sharing carts on the course but only when out of sight of the clubhouse. Members found contravening these rules are putting the club at risk and may well be asked to leave the course if caught contravening them. Thanks for your co-operation in this regard.
Checking in at the Pro Shop
Procedures here are very important, as the safety of staff is paramount. There are lines on the floor and these are there to ensure social distancing. Please don’t lean on the counter and chat to the staff. In addition, kindly ensure that you have your mask on and fitted properly for the entire duration of your time in the Pro Shop. The ladies are feeling very vulnerable, as they feel some members do not take these rules seriously and are putting their safety at risk.
Repairing of divots and sand bags
The course has taken a severe pounding since we re-opened, with hundreds of divots not being repaired. As rounds played are largely members, the onus lies on each of us to repair divots and take anyone to task who we see not doing so.
Due to social distancing and having to keep staff separated in different shifts to minimise risk, we do not have the manpower to fill everyone’s sandbag. This is mandatory and the responsibility of every player to have a filled sandbag before teeing off. As mentioned in previous newsletters, we had to remove the small spades used for filling sandbags, but you are strongly encouraged to bring one along to fill your own. Players without a full sandbag will not be permitted to play and players that are reported not filling divots will be sanctioned. The course belongs to us all and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure it remains pristine.
GolfRSA once again surprised us on a Friday afternoon with numerous new guidelines being launched. These included the possibility to go to two tees, which we are doing from this weekend, but Mondays remain a one-tee start in order for Raymond to do his essential maintenance. Competitions may be held, but absolutely no social gatherings and prize-givings. We are having a competition this Saturday with the following guidelines:
· This Saturday there is a Competition – 4Ball Alliance Stableford, 2 scores to count (AM and PM)
· Only R30 comp fee – (no ballpool, no two-club, no nearest to the pins, just the comp fee).
· There will be a scorecard box for you to drop your completed scorecards into outside the Pro Shop. Nic Lochner will process all cards on Monday and inform the winners – the names will appear in next week’s newsletter. The prizes will be cash and loaded onto the winner’s club accounts.
· Hussar Grill will do small burgers on Wednesday and will be set up on the 6th hole. This is weather dependent. (Please support them at their restaurant, as they are a fantastic sponsor!)
There will also be a Tuesday competition for the ladies and a Wednesday Competition for the men next week. We will see how it goes from there. Enjoy!
A reminder that you can still buy your alcohol from the club, thereby avoiding busy, potentially dangerous liquor stores and also supporting the club. The newest updated pricelist is available for you here. Keren asks that you contact her on this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all larger orders. Smaller ones are still available at Halfway house for immediate delivery.
A reminder that caddies are available as spotters. It is advisable to pre-book so that we know how many caddies will be required and the guys don’t sit at the club all day without work. Please mail email@example.com to book a caddie.
If you would like to make a donation towards the caddies or casual staff who are all still suffering financially, that option is still available, as follows:
The bank details are as follows:
Westlake Golf Club
Acc #: 1130996441
Branch #: 123209
Please use “Lockdown Cad”, “Lockdown Cas” or “Lockdown Staff” as your payment reference for the 3 options.
Have a good week and take care during this storm.
David & the Westlake Team