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Wales Golf COVID-19

Page last updated 14th July 2021

An update to Wales Golf and Golf Industry Guidelines

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 14th July 2021, Wales will be moving fully into Alert Level 1 COVID-19 restrictions and will also take its first steps into Alert Level Zero from Saturday 17th July. We, therefore, are now in a position to ease the Wales Golf guidance for clubs in Wales.

Please note, clubs MUST conduct a thorough risk assessment when implementing any changes (see below), and should consult with their health & safety advisor and insurance provider when making any changes.

The following changes will be made from Saturday 17th July:

  • Scoring in Stroke Play (Rule 3.3b) – the provisions of Rule 3.3b apply where the player’s score is kept on his or her scorecard by a marker. Certification of the scorecard by the marker and by the player should occur, as per the guidelines of Rule 3.3b(2).
  • Flagsticks – There will no longer be a requirement to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times.
  • Hole, and Definition of Holed – Coronavirus related changes to the definition of a hole and when the ball is holed are now removed.
  • Rakes – Preferred lies in bunkers will no longer be permissible, and bunkers should no longer be made ground under repair, so it is recommended that rakes are returned to the course.
  • On-Course Furnishings – Course furnishings such as ball washers, benches, bins etc. can be in use on the course.
  • Social Distancing – The regulations will no longer give particular prominence to 2 metre physical distancing outdoors.

Shared use of buggies
The current advice from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales is that the regulations will no longer give particular prominence to 2-metre physical distancing (outdoors only) at Alert Level Zero.

If club’s wish to allow shared buggy use, a risk assessment process will need to take place. Mitigating circumstances could include a Perspex screen, and/or driver and passenger remaining in the same place throughout the round of golf. All buggies should be thoroughly sanitised before and after each use.  

Additions to your current Risk Assessment
Touching items such as flagsticks and rakes can increase the risk of transmitting the virus unless the decontamination processes are adhered to rigorously.  Therefore, clubs should provide regular hand sanitiser stations on the golf course, and golfers should be reminded to bring their own hand sanitiser.

Clubs should also provide guidance to golfers, including that before touching on course items, any gloves should be removed and hands should be sanitised. After touching an on-course item, hands should be sanitised again.  In addition, the items should be cleaned regularly.


If the public health situation allows, Wales will move fully into an Alert Level Zero from 7 August. Further details including the update Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Level Zero can be found here.

Full Welsh Government update can be read here.

Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (14 July 2021)

Wales Golf COVID-19 press announcements: 

14th July 2021 –

4th June 2021 – Changes to the number of people who can meet outdoors

15th May 2021 – Indoor hospitality, changing rooms and organised activity

23rd April 2021 – 3 and 4 balls to return earlier than expected 

9th April 2021 – 3 and 4 balls to resume from the 26th April 2021

26th March 2021 – Changes or U18 Organised Outdoor activities & travel 

12th March 2021 – Golf Courses in Wales to re-open 

19th February 2021 – Update following the Welsh Government Briefing 

29th January 2021 – Update 29th January 

5th January 2020 – Update 

21st December 2020 – Open letter regarding the closure of golf courses in Wales

18th December 2020 – A note for our CEO – Richard Dixon

18th December 2020 – Higher-level restrictions to come into force to control coronavirus

4th December 2020 – Update to travel 

2nd December 2020 – Update to hospitality 

10th November 2020 – Update to U18 playing sport 

6th November 2020 – Golf courses to re-open in Wales 

23rd October 2020 – Firebreak Lockdown

16th October 2020 Children travelling for sport

12th October 2020 Local lockdown restrictions

8th October 2020- Hospitality clarification

8th September 2020 – Update to Golf in Wales – Caerphilly County Borough Council area

14th August 2020 – Changes to extended households

7th August 2020 Opening of changing rooms and indoor coaching/practice facilities

4th August 2020 – Clarification on the Hospitality Industry

31st July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on indoor facilities and changing rooms

10th July 2020 – Wales Golf Update on 3 and 4 ball golf

6th July 2020 – Be Active Wales Fund

3rd July 2020 Wales Golf Update on travel and hospitality

29th June 2020 – Updated R&A and CONGU Guidance

19th June 2020 – Update on Retail, Club Fitting and Driving Ranges

29th May 2020 – Wales Golf urge players to observe Welsh Government guidelines

20th May 2020 – Wales Golf Championships Update 

10th May 2020 – Wales Golf Updated Statement

27th April 2020 – Wales Golf Statement 

15th April 2020 – Further Wales Golf Championships Postponed or Cancelled

25th March 2020 – National Championship Postponements

24th March 2020Welsh golf clubs to shut due to COVID-19 crisis

19th March 2020Different approach for social golf and team championships qualifying

17th March 2020Wales Golf events postponed due to COVID-19

13th March 2020Wales Golf monitoring COVID-19 developments

Golf in the UK under COVID-19 restrictions Click here
Sport Wales Funding Click here
Business Wales Click here
Business Wales – Financial Support and grants Click here
Business Wales – Economic Resilience Fund Eligibility Checker Click here
UK Government Guidance – Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Click here
UK Government: COVID-19 Support for Businesses Click here
Welsh Sports Association – Support for sport in Wales Click here 
Public Health Wales Advice Click here
NHS Advice Click here
World Health Organisation Click here

 

Wales Golf would like to assure you that safeguarding remains a priority and staff are working remotely and flexibly to support clubs during this difficult time. We continue to provide a safeguarding service to all clubs, their members, staff and volunteers.

Concerns can be reported by email to Sian Simmons, Wales Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer sian.simmons@walesgolf.org or Linda Stokoe, Safeguarding Co-ordinator linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org We continue to provide safeguarding advice and support for all involved in the sport of golf. This also includes DBS checks and virtual Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops.

There will be no change in our safeguarding and information sharing practices. We will continue to refer all safeguarding concerns to the relevant statutory agencies, as well as relevant sports bodies and SafeGolf Group partners.

If you have any concerns or need advice and support please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe.
Regards

Sian Simmons
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Sian.simmons@walesgolf.org

Linda Stokoe
Safeguarding Co-ordinator
linda.stokoe@walesgolf.org

Sport Specific Guidance on Virtual Coaching
Many coaches are looking to stay in-touch and host virtual lessons with their pupils during this challenging time.
The NSPCC has created a useful safeguarding guidance on virtual coaching to keep in-touch with golfers at home.

The sport specific guidance on virtual coaching covers:
• Safeguarding procedures
• Online group coaching sessions
• One on one online coaching sessions
• Training programmes and schedules
Click here for sport specific guidance on virtual coaching

NSPCC Coronavirus Hub
The NSPCC has collated all the information relevant at this time in one place. This includes key information for parents and carers during this time.
Click here to access the NSPCC Coronavirus Hub

Help for children who may be anxious and worried about the Coronavirus

Click here for Childline – to access information, advice and support
Click here for Young Minds – what to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus
Click here for Emerging Minds – supporting children and young people with worries and anxiety.

Click here for Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing for young people

 

Please be aware of online safety as the risk of online abuse is heightened during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please visit the Childline and NSPCC websites to access information and advice on how to stay safe online and also ThinkuKnow which breaks the information down into ages of the young people

Your personal mental health is very important during this time. Take a look at the advice on the websites below on how to support your mental health and wellbeing.

Click here for Coronavirus and your mental health help
Click here for advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Ann Craft Trust in collaboration with Clubmatters have produced a leaflet about Safeguarding adults during COVID 19 for clubs click here to veiw it.

 

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