I am excited to confirm that golf is officially back!
This morning Premier Daniel Andrews lifted various restrictions which will see golf resume albeit with some conditions. All courses will reopen for play from tomorrow for members that live or hold a work permit within a 25km radius of the course. Members are expected to use common sense and appropriate judgement in adhering to this requirement.

Unfortunately, as I write this communication the Club has not received official advice with regard to the specifics on the requirements of play, including the details of whether it is to be a 2-ball or a 4-ball. We need to take a conservative approach and reluctantly we will conduct a ballot for all players already booked on the timesheets to adjust from 4-ball to 2-ball. Please lookout for a communication from Golf Operations confirming your success or otherwise in the ballot.

While it is understood it may be possible for up to 4 players from 2 households to play together, this would significantly impact on the flow of play for the majority of the field playing in twos. Given the lack of detail, until further notice we will also need to revert to the following restrictions:

• Golf lessons will not be available.
• No competitions however scores can be submitted for handicapping purposes via MiScore.
• The practice facilities will be closed until we receive clarity regarding group settings for golf.
• No hire equipment will be permitted including carts, and club pull trolleys. This means carts are not available for hire in any case, even for over 65’s and those with medical certificates.
• Social distancing, face masks (not face shields), and general hygiene are required at all times.
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We are still seeking further clarification from Golf Australia and will make further announcements and provide additional detail as soon as we are in a position to.

Given the restrictions which are currently in place, it is likely there will be very heavy demand for tee times at Long Island. Initially there will be a 2 round weekly restriction for all members playing at Long Island including only being able to play at Long Island on a weekend on one occasion. Members who can play at Cape Schanck are requested to do so to assist ease the expected high level of demand at Long Island.

Please also remember the importance of course care. I cannot stress enough how important it is to attend to any damage made to the playing surfaces throughout your round – repair pitch marks and divots even if they are not yours.

While the reopening of golf has not been as unrestricted as we had hoped, the positives still outweigh the negatives, and we are a step closer to enjoying the game we all love. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate our way through these challenging times.

For those lucky enough to play this week, savour the moment and tip your cap to welcome yourself back.
Stay well.

John d’Apice