How Sydney’s Top Golf Courses came up with a clever plan so members can have a round – even if they live too far away to play – without breaking the lockdown laws
- Some top clubs have an agreement to allow members of other clubs to play
- It helps golfers play a round if they live more than 3 miles from their own club
- Pennant Hills Golf Club said 30 percent of its members were unable to play
- It hosted more than 100 golfers from other clubs while the lockdown continued
Sydney golf courses have developed a unique plan that allows golfers to play 18 holes despite the city’s no-go rules 3 miles away.
Thousands of golfers cannot play on their home course as the Sydney metropolitan area lockdown restricts people to sports, shopping or recreational activities within 3 miles of their home.
But 15 of Sydney’s largest clubs have arranged to take on avid golfers from other clubs that live in local government area to play a round during the lockdown.
Pennant Hills, Pymble, Concord, Terrey Hills, The Lakes, Monash, and Avondale are some of the clubs participating in the mutual agreement.
Thousands of Sydney golfers are unable to play 3 miles from home on their home course due to lockdown rules
Pennant Hills Golf Club (above) has 30 percent of its own members who are currently unable to play due to distance rules
The club hosted 160 golfers per week who were members of other clubs but lived within 3 miles of the course
Pennant Hills Golf Club general manager Barnaby Sumner told the Daily Telegraph the club currently hosts 160 golfers a week who were members of the clubs while 30 percent of its own members were unable to play.
The Pymble Golf Club also hosted more than 100 players within its LGA who belong to clubs more than 3 miles from their place of residence.
The collaboration between the clubs follows news that one of Sydney’s most exclusive golf clubs, Royal Sydney, has advised members who live more than 3 miles to play when taking a water taxi to their course.
“You can come to the club when the entire Royal Sydney estate is within 3 miles of your home and you don’t travel outside of the 3-mile radius during your trip,” the club wrote to members.
“A Mosman member does not break the rule if they come to the club in a water taxi but would break the rule if they take a car.”
The club’s general manager, Michael Solomons, later withdrew the news, telling NCA NewsWire that any misunderstandings were “regrettable.”
Mr. Solomons insisted that the club did not encourage its members to break the Covid rules or suggest ways to avoid them.
One of Sydney’s most exclusive golf clubs, Royal Sydney, has withdrawn its advice that members living more than 3 miles away can play if they take a water taxi to the golf course
Unlike Victoria, where many golf courses had to close due to lockdown restrictions, courses in NSW had remained open throughout the pandemic, with NSW Health considering the “practice” of the game.
NSW golf clubs must also have a Covid-19 safety plan.
Golfers are also limited to groups of two, along with other Covid-safe measures, including removing rakes from bunkers and flags from holes.
Masks must be worn when entering and leaving the club as well as during “strenuous training”.