Golf: MGA update restrictions for phase 2 states

by | Sep 12, 2021 | Golf Clubs

THE Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) has updated its mandatory Standard Operating Procedures (MSOPs) for golf clubs as part of the National Recovery Program Phase 2.

The MGA statement issued by the national association on Friday said clubs in these states should “strictly adhere to safety precautions” for the health of golfers, staff and guests.

“All golf clubs will take and enforce measures to strictly adhere to the National’s guidelines

Security Council (NSC) and Ministry of Health (MoH), ”says the communique. “The golf club’s non-compliance and / or non-compliance with the MSOPs will be penalized by the relevant law enforcement agencies of NSC and MOH, including heavy fines or the closure of the golf club, or both.”

The MSOPs include the requirement that only fully vaccinated golfers are allowed to play and golfers under the age of 17 are allowed to play, but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian and cannot take part on other flights.

The revised guidelines also include that golf clubs may operate a maximum of 60% of their total flight capacity per session – with two sessions per day (morning / afternoon).

The buggy guidelines remain the same and are buggy for one player. To the extent that family members in the same household share a buggy, the MGA said it was at the discretion of the golf club’s administration.

The shared use of caddies by passengers is also not permitted and applies to one caddy and one buggy.

Caddies are not permitted to drive the buggy or sit next to the golfer, and must wear masks and gloves at all times during each round.

Changing rooms may be opened, but without showers, and driving ranges may not be operated with more than 60% of the total capacity of the bay. People who are not registered to practice or play are not allowed to stay on the driving range.

The MGA said the use of MySejahtera to record golf club entry and staff members was encouraged and insisted on using online payments or bank transfers for registration purposes.

Golfers are advised to register 20 minutes before their tee time and registration staff should be equipped with face masks and gloves, the MGA said.