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News Letter Covid-19 Level 4

Club President Report Course Closure Update

Well we have made it through three weeks of the four week Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown period, so well done everyone - I hope John Garner’s Home Pro-tips are helping you through!

With just under a week remaining now, it is not yet certain that the country, or perhaps some regions, will come out of Level 4 at midnight on 22 April. But even if so, a reduction to Level 3 is unlikely to allow golf to resume – we will rely on guidance from NZ Golf for that. And at Level 2, which I guess it is possible for Taranaki to go to straight from Level 4, we should be allowed to play again but there will almost certainly be some restrictions in place.

For example, our course is open to members only, a playing register will need to be set up to enable contact tracing if necessary, we may have to play only in pairs with social distancing and 10-minute tee times, and our clubhouse might need to remain closed. Unfortunately, it seems it will not be plain sailing for some months yet.

On the positive side, however, we received overdue and very welcome news last Thursday afternoon when NZ Golf was advised by the Minister of Sport that the exemption sought for essential golf course turf maintenance had been granted. And late on Monday this week we learnt the details of the exemption: such course maintenance will be allowed under Level 4 provided appropriate lockdown protocols are followed. We are obviously very pleased with this outcome as it allows our course staff to carry out essential maintenance of greens, green surrounds, fairways, rough and tee areas.50th Anniversary CelebrationsYou will be aware from previous newsletters that our course reached its 50th anniversary at the Wills Road location on Easter Saturday 11 April, but that unfortunately we had to postpone our special golf day to mark that occasion - a bit later in the year we hope ...