Riverside Golf Club

COVID-19 protocol

 

24 March 2020 Update on Covid19 for RGC

Dear Member

Thank you to the many members who demonstrated their support for the required changes to practices in the last few days. There were some members that did not support them and I would encourage them to change and provide support otherwise we will be more likely to face closure of our golf course for a considerable period. I would ask all to think about all the things they touch between leaving home and arriving at the golf course to understand why we must wash our hands or sanitise as soon as we arrive at the course. However if you do not feel comfortable coming to the golf course then please stay at home.

The Federal Government announced on Sunday evening that all licensed clubs had to close and that restaurants could only supply take away. In response we have closed the bar and function rooms. Our caterer Michael Howard plans to trial takeaway on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. If we show support by buying takeaway either during or after your game it will continue. Without the required support this will cease.

We have been looking further at the way we play golf and have decided to implement these further changes to decrease risk;

  1. At the start of your round agree who your marker is but retain your card ie do not swap cards. Fill out your own card as player and your markers score under marker. At the end of the round agree your score with your marker and vice versa and then sign on the player line. Place the completed card in the green bin on the table outside the pro shop. One gloved person will then take all completed cards for the competition and enter them into the system as there is no access to the scoring computers. We are organising to trial an electronic scoring method on your smart phone that will further simplify this process.
  2. All are to putt with the flag in. We are looking to trial some hole inserts that will fill most of the hole so that when the ball drops in the top of the ball will still be visible to make it easier to retrieve the ball with the flag in. If the ball bounces out from the insert and not the flag then it counts as complete.
  3. Bunker rakes will be removed so please use your club and your feet to repair the bunker as best possible.
  4. If you store your clubs at RGC then keep your sand bucket with your clubs. For guests and members that bring their clubs there will be two piles. One pile will be sanitised buckets and the other pile will be returns. Please do not cross contaminate the buckets ie get them in the right pile.
  5. There will be no nearest the pins for the foreseeable future.
  6. There will be no weekly raffle – did I hear a cheer from some?
  7. The 200 club discs will not be available until we work out a better way of recording and paying.
  8. We have placed marks on the ground in and around the pro shop to guide people as to what 1.5m is. The pro shop has been set out to provide a one way loop to the counter.
  9. There will be no shotgun starts to avoid crowds.
  10. Once you have finished your round put away your gear, complete your card and then wash or sanitise your hands. Then you can buy food and/or coffee and have a quick chat. There will be no seating areas. If you see a number gathering then please move away or if finished go home.
  11. Footgolf will continue at this stage. We will be using a bath to sanitise the balls after use.
  12. Carts are limited to one person only to maintain social distancing.

The above are in addition to the changes we introduced last week which were;

  1. All people on arriving at the club are to go to the locker room and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. If you are going to cough or sneeze then cough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately into a rubbish bin.
  3. All shaking of hands is to cease and be replaced with a verbal acknowledgement only.
  4. If you have any flu like symptoms do not come to the golf club but follow government requirements.
  5. After your round put away your gear and then thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
  6. The drinking fountains on hole 6 and 14 will not be available for use but the taps will be available for filling drink bottles. When filling your drink bottle turn on the tap using your gloved hand, place your drink bottle into the spray of water and not on the tap nozzle. When the bottle is full turn off the tap. As part of our maintenance we will disinfect the taps and nozzles.
  7. The pro shop will print out all cards so that there is no need to use the touch screen.
  8. Minimise cash transactions as we would prefer them all to be card contactless.
  9. After each use the hire motorised carts and push buggies will be wiped clean.
  10. Course staff and volunteers are to wipe down any equipment to be used both before and after using a sterilising chemical.

 Government requirements are;

  • If – in the 14 days prior to Sunday, March 15 – members or guests have recently returned from or transited through China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mongolia or South Korea, then they are not to come to the golf club for any reason – including use of the golf course only – until the 14 day period has elapsed.
  • In the 14 days prior to Sunday March 15 – members or guests recently returned from or who have transited through Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand or from a cruise holiday and who are experiencing flu-like symptoms do not visit our facility, including use of the golf course only, for 14 days.

Please all rigorously support these changes to protect one another and demonstrate that we can play golf responsibly. If you have any suggestions or questions please contact one of the undersigned.

Regards,

Michael Jackson – President

Mark Poulson – Captain

Frank Tedeschi – Manager

previous updates:

20 March 2020

Dear Member,

The current Corona Virus pandemic is obviously of concern to all. We have reviewed the latest advice from the Tasmanian Government, Golf Australia and the actions of various other organisations. The key prevention messages seem to be social distancing and self hygiene.

The club will remain open and continue to offer our usual competitions. An outdoor game of golf appears to be a low risk activity if sensible precautions are taken. The precautions we are implementing are as follows;

  1. All people on arriving at the club are to go to the locker room and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. If you are going to cough or sneeze then cough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately into a rubbish bin.
  3. All shaking of hands is to cease and be replaced with a verbal acknowledgement only.
  4. If you have any flu like symptoms do not come to the golf club but follow government guidelines.
  5. Ensure you are wearing a glove before touching a bunker rake or flag stick.
  6. After your round put away your gear and then thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

Further measures we are taking both in the clubhouse and on the course are;

  1. The pro shop will print out all cards so that there is no need to use the touch screen. Upstairs there will be wipes next to the touch screens for entering scores. Please wipe the screen before and after use. We are removing the need for the player to countersign the score card and the card is to be processed by your marker so that only one person handles that card.
  2. The drinking fountains on hole 6 and 14 will not be available for use but the taps will be available for filling drink bottles. When filling your drink bottle turn on the tap using your gloved hand, place your drink bottle into the spray of water and not on the tap nozzle. When the bottle is full turn off the tap. As part of our maintenance we will disinfect the taps and nozzles.
  3. Signs will be erected in the clubhouse, locker rooms, toilets, sheds, offices and function rooms reminding us of these precautions as well as how to guides.
  4. Minimise cash transactions as we would prefer them all to be card contactless.
  5. All food that has not been prepared by the club e.g. cheese and cracker platters and any shared food are to be discontinued until further notice. Tongs are to be used for removing items from the pie oven or fridge. If you touch you buy.
  6. Bar staff will be regularly disinfecting the bar surfaces as well as tables and chairs.
  7. We will remove common use items such as shoe cleaners, sun creams, hair brushes and combs, and hair dryers from locker rooms
  8. After each use the hire motorised carts and push buggies will be wiped clean.
  9. Sand bucket handles will be wiped regularly.
  10. Member golf link cards are to be handled only by the member. Members can verbally say their number for point of sale transactions if required.
  11. Where possible we will leave doors ajar so they can be opened by pushing with your hip or open enough to walk through.
  12. Course staff and volunteers are to wipe down any equipment to be used both before and after using a sterilising chemical.

We expect all of our members and guests to comply with the Australian Government requirements as follows;

  • If – in the 14 days prior to Sunday, March 15 – members or guests have recently returned from or transited through China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mongolia or South Korea, then they are not to come to the golf club for any reason – including use of the golf course only – until the 14 day period has elapsed.
  • In the 14 days prior to Sunday March 15 – members or guests recently returned from or who have transited through Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand or from a cruise holiday and who are experiencing flu-like symptoms do not visit our facility, including use of the golf course only, for 14 days.

As this virus continues to infect more of the population the actions of the RGC my need to alter again. We have many members and guests in the exposed age group demographic and so would ask that if any member or guest does test positive to COVID-19 then they immediately inform the Manager so that we can take the necessary actions to minimise the risk of contamination.

Attached are information sheets from the Tasmanian Government on;

  1. Hand Washing Procedure
  2. Protecting Yourself
  3. Self Assessment Tool; and
  4. Tasmanian Hotlines

We are continuing to monitor the situation so please help us by following the above revised guidelines to minimise risk to our members and guests and allowing us all to continue to exercise and enjoy our game of golf. If you have any questions please ask any of the undersigned.

Regards,

Michael Jackson – President

Mark Poulson – Captain

Frank Tedeschi – Manager

Click the below links to download the Tasmanian Government fact sheets.

Hand Washing Procedure

Protecting Yourself

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Self Assessment Tool

Tasmanian Hotlines

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