Specifically in this instance, the latest notice from Queensland Health is that Golf Clubs may operate under the exception to the list of Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction. Noting:

  • Limited to 2 people for outdoor sporting-based activities, with social distancing observed.

  • Licensed golf clubs can sell take-home liquor to their members.

  • The consumption of the liquor on the premises e.g. in the club, around the club house, or on the course, is not allowed.

  • Pro shops can be used but people must not congregate in this area

The complete Queensland Health Direction on Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4) Department is here.

It is Golf Australia’s recommendation that, based on the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening, March 29 that limits outdoor gatherings to two persons or fewer, all golf clubs and facilities should close until further notice. A link to the full recommendation can be found at www.golf.org.au/covid-19

Clubs should consider their position very carefully and whether they are confident that players will comply with the restrictions as non-compliance could result in substantial fines.

UPDATE: Tuesday 31, March 2020 on Golf Australia's website.

Economic Survival and Support for Businesses during COVID-19

In what is an extremely stressful time for everyone, the Australian Government and state government around Australia have release stimulus packages for businesses and not-for-profits during the outbreak of COVID-19 over the next six months.

The following is a summary of each package available, with links to contacts and further information.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT:
JobKeeper Payments

Supporting businesses to retain jobs

JobKeeper Payment – Information for Employers

JobKeeper Payment – Information for Employees

Boosting Cashflow for Employers - provides up to $100,00 back to small and meduim sized businesses.

Instant Asset Write Off Boost - the instant asset write-off has been increased from $30,000 to $150,00

Backing Business Investment - A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees - If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage 

Queensland Government:

Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans -

Applications are now open for the Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme. This scheme is for Queensland businesses and non-profit organisations financially affected by COVID-19 to retain employees and maintain their operations. Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to assist with carry-on expenses such as employee wages, rent and rates and other related expenditure.

Payroll Tax Support - If your business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These include:

refunds of payroll tax for 2 months

a payroll tax holiday for 3 months

deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year.

Power Bill Relief - Your business may be eligible for a $500 rebate off energy bills if you consume less than 100,000kWh. This will be automatically applied on your business electricity bills.

Headland Golf Club announces postponement.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Championship Committee have made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Men’s Sunshine Coast Open Amateur Championship.

We are pleased to confirm, at this stage, the Championship will now be played on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. Online Nominations will reopen later in the year.

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Golf Australia regretfully advises that it is unable to continue supplying Australian club member data to the Handy Cap app

See more detail at Handy Cap app Statement

The SCSBDGA has been carefully monitoring all information available regarding the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and remains focused on the health and safety of the Sunshine Coast, South Burnett and Glasshouse Mountains golfing community.
While the game of golf itself is a low-risk activity, there are many accompanying factors that increase the possibility of spreading the infection. Of course, the COVID-19 situation is still rapidly developing and further measures, postponement or cancellations may be necessary in the future. The following golf-specific precautions are to be followed (as a minimum):

EVERYONE

• If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. DO NOT GO TO GOLF.
• Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
• Do not congregate in close contact groups.
• Maintain 2m distance between yourself and anyone.
• Avoid touching/leaning on surfaces unnecessarily.
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

GOLF CLUB, PRO SHOP & COURSE STAFF

• Do not schedule shotgun starts.
• Stagger/spread the flow of players and patrons.
• Pre-print all scorecards to avoid players using a registration kiosk.
• Remove all flags/flagsticks from practice putting/chipping greens.
• Ensure all benchtops, shelving, office equipment, cash registers, kiosks, card readers, etc are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
• Clean all contact points on motorised carts, pull carts, and course machinery daily or more frequently as required.
• Clean all flags/flagsticks/ferrules daily or more frequently as required.

PLAYERS

Clubhouse and Proshop

• Avoid queues whenever possible. Do not congregate in close contact groups while queuing to register/pay.
• Maintain 2m distance between yourself and anyone.
• Avoid touching/leaning on any surface.
• Make sure people follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.

On the First Tee

• Do not congregate in close groups while waiting to tee off.
• Maintain 2m distance between yourself and anyone.
• Do not shake hands at any time.
• Avoid touching/leaning on any surface.
• Do not “toss up the balls” to determine partners. Use another method.
• Make sure people follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.

General Golf

• Maintain 2m distance between yourself and anyone.
• Do not ride in a motorised cart with another person.
• Avoid touching/leaning on any surface e.g. bench seats, tee signs, etc.
• Do not touch the flag/flagstick. Leave the flagstick in for all putts.
• Do not touch other people’s golf equipment.
• Do not let other people touch your golf equipment.
• Make sure people follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay informed and follow official advice

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.
Follow advice given by your national and local public health authority on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.