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Golf Australia ‘encouraged’ to see golf being played with minimal risk

Golf Australia ‘encouraged’ to see golf being played with minimal risk
April 22, 2020

Golf Australia has advised that it is “encouraged to see golf played in comparative safety in five states and one territory in recent weeks as we all adopt social distancing necessities.”

Following a period of uncertainty with many golf courses across Australia closing during the week beginning 30th March, and many then reopening, Victoria and the Northern Territory have been the only areas of Australia where all golfing activity has ceased.

Noting how golfers have observed social distancing requirements, in a statement on its website Golf Australia advised “under strict and specific safety protocols – enforced by state and territory guidelines as well as individual club rules - Golf Australia is now satisfied that golf can be played at minimal risk. Having worked collaboratively with our clubs and other stakeholders, we are now comfortable to alter our position and encourage courses to open and for people to play.

“As well as social distancing, these safety protocols include keeping gloves on and not touching hands with playing partners, not sharing carts, leaving flags in, reducing hole depth, greater times between groups, not exchanging cards, not using bunker rakes and maintaining personal hygiene.

“The ability to play currently does not apply to those in Victoria and the Northern Territory where golf remains prohibited by those State and Territory governments. As ever, Golf Australia will continue constructive dialogue and advocacy for golfers with these governments.”

The statement also explains “Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community.

“Combined with our enduring responsibility for our clubs, their staff and all Australian golfers, we remain comfortable that our position recommending that clubs close has been appropriate to this point.”

Image: Sandringham Golf Course. Victoria and the Northern Territory are the only areas of Australia where all golfing activity has ceased.

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