I’m a greenkeeper in Ireland or Northern Ireland – what can I do?

16 October 2020 COVID-19
© David Edmondson Early morning course maintenance at Dublin GC

 

The Irish Ladies Golf Union and Golfing Union of Ireland have provided information for greenkeepers working in counties assessed at Level 3 in the Irish Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan.

All counties in Ireland are at Level 3 until Tuesday 27 October, but by adhering to these regulations, greenkeepers can play a massive role in ensuring golf remains a safe sport for everyone working and playing in it.

You can read the entire guidance here, but below is some of the information relating specifically to greenkeepers:

  • Members, their guests, visitors and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the golf course and clubhouse
  • Physically distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course
  • Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific Government guidance will be provided
  • All cafes and restaurants, including bars, should only offer takeaway or delivery or outdoor dining and service (not that different restrictions apply in Dublin)
  • There should be no social gatherings of any size at the facility
  • Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick
  • Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. 

A number of counties have been placed in Level 4, which carries more extensive restrictions. In addition to the requirements above, greenkeepers should also be aware of:

  • There are no social gatherings or other organised gatherings, such as meetings of any size, at the facility.
  • Clubhouse access should be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach. Pro shop access may need to be curtailed. It can be used for check-in purposes, click and collect services and other services.

The Irish Government has provided additional protocols about returning to work

Author

Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive

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