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A state government decision to allow social golf but refuse competition is expected to hit Warrnambool Golf Club in the hip pocket. Golfers can return to courses across the Victoria area starting Friday after a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. MORE SPORTS: Hampden Club lands Ruckman straight from the AFL Warrnambool Golf Club manager Ashlee Scott said no competition, likely to be canceled by the end of September, would hurt. “Competitive golf is a major revenue driver for our club, and social golf means that members want to use the course and we don’t get green fee income (from visitors),” she said. “That puts us in a difficult position because even though we are very happy to have golfers back on the course for social golf, we still don’t get any income for the club and have to pay people to mow the lawn and keep the clubhouse in To keep operating “We will be working at a loss, but it is in the best interests of members to come back and play golf.” The mental health benefits of golf outweigh the other disadvantages. ”MORE SPORT: Citys Parkrun is returning from the three week long Pause back Warrnambool will be opening its clubhouse to members, but is careful with the tight capacity limits. The hospitality rules allow only 10 people to eat or drink in a venue at a time. Twenty are allowed outdoors. Scott said the club wanted “ours Giving members a chance to come in and have a beer. “She said the capacity limit was a challenge.” We’re ai n of those venues that can definitely host more than 10 people at a time and we’re disappointed that it’s different from what we had before, ”said Scott. “Last year (during restrictions) it was per room so we had the extra room to split up, while this year it’s 10 people total.” Port Fairy Golf Club manager Stephen Demartin said the oceanfront golf course would be take away only. He said the club was glad members could get back on track. “We had a very strict COVID security plan to protect our members to the best of our ability, which is great,” said Demartin. “It’s not back to normal, of course there is no competition, it’s more of a social game.” It’s more of a social activity. It’s about getting our members back here, hitting a golf ball, and doing some sports. “It will be a group of four. It’ll be a one-tee start every 10 minutes. “We have restrictions – large groups of more than 10 are not allowed – and with 17 hectares of land I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.” Demartin said any golf is better than no golf at all. “If they get a good result, they are rewarded for it, but I think it is more important to me that our members actually swing a club, whether they are competing or not. “Tim Keane, president of Terang Golf Club, said no competition is an odd choice if it is similar to the social game:” It’s a little silly because when you’re there, you might as well be there and be you Having competition so it’s a bit frustrating but we just have to put up with it, “he said.” You can have small competitions among yourselves I suppose without making it official. “It’s good for people to be able to play, get out, do some sports, see some people and have some social interaction.” East Framlingham President Ross McLeod said he hoped this would be the first step in resuming competition. “We’re happy that people are back on track, albeit with limited amounts,” he said. “It will be nice to see how things open up again and the place was well looked after by our employees and greenskeepers even during the break.” Will start shortly under the COVID regulations. Provide breaking news. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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September 9, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.

ON COURSE: Young golfers, including Olivia Porter from Warrnambool, can play socially again from Friday.  Image: Chris Doheny

ON COURSE: Young golfers, including Olivia Porter from Warrnambool, can play socially again from Friday. Image: Chris Doheny

A state government decision to allow social golf but refuse competition is expected to hit Warrnambool Golf Club in the hip pocket.

Golfers can return to courses across the Victoria area starting Friday after a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Ashlee Scott, manager of Warrnambool Golf Club, said no competition likely to be canceled by the end of September would hurt.

“Competitive golf is a major revenue driver for our club, and social golf means that members want to use the course and we don’t get green fee income (from visitors),” she said.

DIFFICULT SITUATION: Warrnambool Golf Club manager Ashlee Scott is happy to have social golf again but says the club will take a financial blow with no competition.  Image: Chris Doheny

DIFFICULT SITUATION: Warrnambool Golf Club manager Ashlee Scott is happy to have social golf again but says the club will take a financial blow with no competition. Image: Chris Doheny

“That puts us in a difficult position because even though we are very happy to have golfers back on the course for social golf, we still don’t get any income for the club and have to pay people to mow the lawn and keep the clubhouse in To keep operation.

“We will be at a loss but it is in the members’ best interests to come back and play golf.

“The mental health benefits of golf outweigh the other disadvantages.”

Warrnambool will open its clubhouse to members, but is wary of the tight capacity limits.

Twenty are allowed outdoors.

Scott said the club wanted to “give our members a chance to come in and have a beer.”

She said the capacity limit was a challenge.

“We’re one of those venues that can definitely host more than 10 people at a time, and we’re disappointed that it’s different from what we had before,” said Scott.

“Last year (during restrictions) it was per room so we had the extra room to split up, while this year it’s 10 people total.”

Port Fairy Golf Club manager Stephen Demartin said the oceanfront golf course would be take away only.

He said the club was glad members could get back on track.

“We had a very strict COVID security plan to protect our members to the best of our ability, which is great,” said Demartin.

“It’s not normal again, of course there is no competition, it is more of a social game.

“It’s more of a social activity. It’s about getting our members back here, hitting a golf ball, and doing some sports.

“It will be a group of four. There will be a discount every 10 minutes.

“We have restrictions – large groups of more than 10 are not allowed – and with 17 acres of land I think that won’t be a problem.”

Demartin said any golf is better than no golf at all.

“When you play competitive golf, you’re only competing against your own score, so it’s not like you’re competing against the player next to you,” he said.

“If they get a good result, they’ll be rewarded in terms of that, but I think it’s more important to me to actually see our members out there swing a bat, whether they’re competing or not.”

Tim Keane, president of Terang Golf Club, said no competition is an odd choice if it is similar to social play.

“It’s a bit silly because if you want to be there you might as well be there and have a competition so it’s a bit frustrating but we just have to put up with it,” he said.

“You can have small competitions among yourselves, I suppose, without making it official.

“It’s good for people to play, get out, do some sports, see some people and have some social interaction.”

East Framlingham President Ross McLeod said he hoped this would be the first step in resuming competition.

“We’re happy that people are back on track, albeit with a limited amount,” he said.

“It will be great to see that things are opening up again and that the space has been looked after by our employees and greenskeepers even after the break.

“We’re excited to get things going again and hopefully our Twilight (competition) can begin shortly under COVID regulations.”

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