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Harleyford Golf Club

Coronavirus Update

Dear Member,

Despite the change in the weather, the golf course continues to be as busy as ever. In the nineteen days that we were open in May we saw 2679 games of golf played compared with 2282 for the whole of May 2019 (excluding the five days lost for Euro-pro).

As most of you will have seen Craig has installed the final version of the ball retriever across the course which means that the course is now set up as a competition course. So, as we continue with three balls for members and their guests only I am pleased to announce a few more changes on our road to normality:
 

Supplementary Cards

  • From Monday, 8th June 2020, you will now be able to put in supplementary cards.
     
  • Supplementary cards are for members who have a current handicap and want to score a round which will count towards their handicap.
     
  • All supplementary cards must be put straight on through the app. You MUST declare your intent to do a supplementary card through the app before you start your round even if you enter your score retrospectively (this is made clear through the instructions).
     
  • Please click here for the instructions of how to put a supplementary card in.
     
  • Should you not wish to use your phone whilst playing, you can keep a physical scorecard and then input your score after the round.
     
  • All supplementary rounds must be played with another member who MUST visually check your score before inputting.
     
  • The physical card is not required to be submitted. 

 

Handicap Cards

  • From Monday, 8th June 2020, you will now be able to put in handicap cards.
     
  • Handicap cards are for members who do not currently have a handicap but would like to obtain one.
     
  • To obtain a competition handicap, you are required to put scores for three 18 hole rounds. 
     
  • To register that you would like to get a handicap, you must email jack@harleyfordgolf.co.uk with the intention that you will be putting your cards in.
     
  • Then use the online score entering system ‘PACE’ to put in your three cards. Please click here for the instructions regarding using the PACE system.
     
  • Should you not wish to use your phone whilst playing, you can keep a physical scorecard and then input your score after the round.
     
  • All handicap rounds must be played with another member who MUST visually check your score before inputting.
     
  • The physical card is not required to be submitted.

 

Safety Allowances

  • Bunkers - For supplementary and handicap cards the bunkers will remain in play. The committee has agreed to include this additional local rule:

    3G. Relief is permitted up to 6 inches should your ball land in an unmaintained part of a bunker.

    There will continue to be no rakes in the bunkers and social golf may choose their own rules with bunkers.
     
  • Cards - As mentioned above, you may mark your own card for both supplementary and handicap scores however your playing partner must visually check your score before you submit it. Any disputes must be declared to a member of the committee.
     
  • Pins - Please do NOT touch the pins. Use the ball retrievers with your putter to retrieve your ball.

 

Pro-Shop

  • From Monday, 15th June 2020, the Pro-shop will open for members to enter and browse from its current location in the Marlow Room.
     
  • There will be a maximum of two members in the Pro-Shop at any one time and strict social distancing must be maintained.
     

Hogweed

  • We have had an explosion of Giant Hogweed at Harleyford. It is not only unsightly on the golf course but it is also quite dangerous to your skin. The weed is dangerous to both humans and animals.
     
  • This weed cannot be strimmed and only cut with a topper or flail, then the area should be roped off for 24 hours. The machine used to cut them then needs to be washed off wearing full waterproofs and face shield.



 

  • Work is best carried out on cloudy days, before the sun is up or when the sun is going down. If you do get Hogweed sap on your skin you must wash it off straight away with soap and water.
     
  • Please be aware of disturbing the Hogweed when in the deep rough. If you have any concerns or worries about the Hogweed please let me know.

 

Competitions

  • I am just finalising the details with the committees regarding the return of competitions. 
     
  • As it stands our first competition will be on Monday, 22nd June. It will be the start of the week of competitions raising money for the NHS. After this a competition schedule will be published by the individual sections. I anticipate the first qualifiers from 1st July 2020.
     
  • Please note that competitions will not immediately return as we had them before the lock-down and there will be changes to both the set-up and running of them.
     
  • I will publish more information regarding competitions and knock-outs towards the end of next week.

 

Apologies about the bulky email however I hope you will all find this informative and exciting as we continue our journey to normality.
 

Please click here for the updated rules and guidelines. 
 

All points above are to help us protect our staff, members and the UK general public. They will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with advice from England Golf and the Government.

We would request that any members who show early symptoms of the virus, or who have close family or friends with whom they have been in contact recently, who have been diagnosed with the virus to follow Government guidelines and not to visit the Club for at least 14 days.
 

Up to date information for the general public regarding Coronavirus can be found on the Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
 

Up to date information regarding the virus itself and how to prevent it can be found on the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

As well as the points listed below, I would remind members of the importance of regularly washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and disposing of any tissues when used.

Lastly, should any members have any questions or concerns regarding Harleyford or any of the points raised within this update, please contact me.

Continue to stay safe,

Jack Slade
General Manager

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