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.

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