Region’s golf clubs put in plan for players to return to greens

Golf is slowly making its way back to greens around the district as a result of Monday’s change in restrictions.

Premier Daniel Andrews gave golf the green light earlier this week and players at the Clunes Golf Club wasted no time at getting back to business, already playing on Wednesday, while the Avoca and Maryborough golf clubs will reboot their competitions this weekend and Talbot looks to return some time next week.

Each club has its own precautions to keep golfers safe, with most following Golf Australia’s advice not to use flags, limiting the number of players in a group, conducting their competitions via distance, limiting the number of users in a golf cart, asking players to fill out their own cards and enforcing strict hygiene.

The Avoca Golf Club’s men’s competition will return from 11 am tomorrow, with the men’s midweek competition starting next Wednesday and a ladies start date yet to be announced.

The club is now only open to members and has asked that one designated person in a playing group uses the scraper throughout the game, which must then be sanitised after play.

The Maryborough Golf Club has staggered its tee off times, with groups of no more than two asked to book their time slot to play and is allowing social players to go and have a hit.

Club president Gary Chaplin said while it’s exciting to have golf back, it’s important to follow the rules.

“We will be back from Saturday, there are a lot of rules for members and social players to follow,” he said.

“Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are members only, because that’s when they’ll be playing competition. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be members as well as any green fee players, but the course will only be open between 8 am — 6 pm.

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