Don’t touch the flags! Golfers find a fairway to beat coronavirus handicap
How best to work out with these difficult 1.5 m social distancing ground rules in play? It’s more complicated than the offside guideline.
A ping pong table is 2.74 metres long so that would appear fine however no doubles allowed. The NRL is on ice while that other contact sport, trying to buy toilet rolls at Woolies, seems to take pleasure in a small but devoted following.
Sydney golf players, however, have actually risen to the obstacle. While the sport’s governing body Golf Australia appears to have some misgivings, the NSW government encourages golf can continue in line with ‘public health orders associating with public event limitations, social distancing, and the senior’.
The historical Mona Vale course (sea views and breezes guaranteed) has actually done everything to adhere to the guidelines. Only pairs, not foursomes, to tee off together– well separated from those behind. Just one to a golf cart, no rakes in the bunkers and no need to touch the flag. All the golf carts are sanitised on go back to the clubhouse.
The club has never ever been more reserved up, as lots of see it as an opportunity to leave your house, get fresh air and exercise. Lots of think about playing golf a lifeline, which benefits mental health.
There are regular statements from the professional store about social distancing as players prepare to tee off, with five minutes separation between sets.
You can still get a hole in one (the ball just doesn’t drop rather as far down the hole), however the 19 th for celebration or commiseration with a G&T is, for the time being, shut.
” I am playing one day in competition, and maybe two afternoons I go out here and play 10 holes, but you have got to book ahead or otherwise you don’t get on [to the course],” stated long-time Mona Vale member Rosie Millington. “We do not wish to break the guidelines because we want to keep it open.”
Golf partner Marg Novaro said it was more difficult to get a slot as the numbers playing spread throughout the day. “Nobody touches the flags,” she stated. “Usually you have actually got to raise the flag to get your ball out. They have actually lifted all the cups so you can recover your ball without everyone managing the flag.”
The club’s basic manager Andy Hugill stated the wait list to play a round had actually increased significantly. “We would usually average about 185 on a Saturday and at the moment the need is about 245,” he said. “There are just so lots of people wanting to play golf.”
Club president Ross Fleming stated they had actually executed rules suggested by Golf NSW to suit local circumstances. “The NSW government has actually said golf is a game that can be played, while bowling clubs have actually had to close because you have got to really touch things. A lot of people are stating thank goodness we can leave your house and still play golf.”
Ms Millington got a victory prior to Christmas. She got to use your home crown and the club paid for complimentary drinks all round. Nowadays punters need to make do with less.
” You wouldn’t think it – a lady got a victory a few days ago and the clubhouse was shut so it was all a bit flat for her,” Ms Millington stated. “Everybody couldn’t have a beverage for her. Possibly they will do it after all this has actually passed, I hope so. After 15 years she got her first hole in one.”