Dec 16th, 2020
It's all ending in Tiers
Clubs are seeking to prevent those from Tier 3 playing
Words: GolfPunk Photography: Courtney Cook
Under the new system, golf is allowed in all tiers with varying restrictions on the size of gatherings and the use of the clubhouse changing as you move up through the levels.
Looking at the England Golf Our 'Play Safe, Stay Safe' protocols for playing the game which is to be adopted by all affiliated golf clubs there does not appear anything to prevent a game of golf until you reach the 'Travel' heading.
The England Golf guidance which is informed by that published by the UK Government states that golfers should
- Minimise travel
- Avoid sharing transport with those outside of your household or support bubble
- Avoid travel into or out of Tier 3 areas
Avoid travelling outside your area, including for overnight stays, other than where necessary, such as:
- for work
- for education
- to access voluntary, charitable or youth services
- because of caring responsibilities
- for moving home
- to visit your support bubble
- for a medical appointment or treatment
- where necessary, you can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
We respectfully and with great regret ask that Members and visitors who live within Tier 3 do not visit the Club from 1 minute past midnight on 16th December.
Such decisions are going to set members on a collision course with their club's Board as they refuse to accept the club has the power to dictate based on what is guidance for individuals.
One club in Lincolnshire took a more measured and sensible approach back in October when neighbouring areas went into Tier 3.
The Board have therefore taken the view that it is up to members and visitors from Tier 3 areas to decide whether they wish to visit the Club (providing that they have none of the Covid 19 symptoms).
The sensible option is to ask all members and visitors travelling from Tier 3 to use the course and none of the other club facilities. It is a rational compromise and one that is easily applied.
Hopefully, those clubs who are seeking to prevent members from plying will accept it is a knee- jerk reaction and will affect the necessary U-turn. If not we can see it getting very messy out there!