The recent announcement by the Premier to extend the current lockdown and detail a roadmap for re-opening metropolitan Melbourne, which does not include golf before late October, is incredibly disappointing. Members can be assured The National has recently contacted Golf Australia (GA) to make representations on your behalf and we are aware GA is trying to influence outcomes with Government. We trust the authorities will reconsider their position on golf and allow it to be a permitted activity, although as you can appreciate this decision is outside of our control.

Notwithstanding the impact the ongoing closure of the Club has on members, the impact on our staff is significant. The majority of our staff are currently either completely stood down or are working reduced hours and the recent announcement ensures the uncertainty for them remains. The Club will continue to support our staff and do what we can to ensure they are treated with fairness and dignity.

The maintenance of our courses thankfully proceeds and with the emergence of better weather our courses will begin to bloom and will be in great shape when we are permitted to return – a small positive in all of this which we can look forward to.

Our senior management team are now reviewing our annual budgets and preparing revised forecasts which will be assessed by the Finance Committee, Board and General Committee. We are very conscious of the need to remain financially resilient during these challenging times and we are very confident there continues to be very exciting times ahead at The National when things finally return to “normal”.

Whilst access to the Club has been closed, a variety of different initiatives continue to be undertaken to remain engaged with members. New content is being regularly updated on our website, on Instagram and on Facebook and is proving very popular with members. Also be sure to tune into next week’s men’s and women’s majors being the US Open at Winged Foot and the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills.

The Club has hosted two webinars in recent weeks – one with our Golf Courses Manager Leigh Yanner and another with former Tour Professional (and world number 6) Nick O’Hern. These interviews have been overwhelmingly well-received and there are at least two more webinars in the upcoming weeks:

Topic: Talking Golf with Geoff Ogilvy
When: Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://crestone.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wRlOtvOaTueoeaWmjconzQ

Topic: Talking Golf with Mike Clayton
When: Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://crestone.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mDqp9nWoSaeZ3X0r-qxtvw

Given the extended closure of the Club, further webinars with other guest panellists are being planned and will be announced once more details are known.

As a Club we really are only able to move forward on things we can control and the recent announcement at least now provides more certainty and timeframes for the Club to work toward. We sincerely look forward to seeing you back at the Club once the current prohibition ends.

In the meantime – stay safe and stay well.

JOHN D’APICE                                               MIKE HOLLOWAY
CAPTAIN                                                         CHAIRMAN