2020 Return to Pitch and Putt

Phase 3 Protocols

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Phase 3 for the Return to Pitch and Putt June 29th

Pitch and Putt Ireland are pleased to publish protocols for a safe return to playing our Sport, our aim is to ensure that it is played in a safe environment during this pandemic. It is important that clubs take on board all aspects of these protocols.

The health of our members and all others who play our sport is very much to the forefront of our thinking, and therefore it is vitally important that all players are familiar with public health measure as set out by the Government. It is pretty much agreed by all medical personnel that this virus doesn't like the outdoors and therefore there is a much lesser chance of contracting it, while out playing, provided social distancing and proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette are strictly observed.

This is the only official document on protocols for a return to playing, all other documents circulating have not been submitted to Sport Ireland.

Clubs must ensure that: -

  • Members with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from courses

  • Social distancing rules are observed by members & guests both on the course and in car park

  • Clubs should appoint a COVID-19 Officer to ensure consistent compliance with the Protocol (see link on website for Training)

  • Play in Phase 3 is for members, members guests and green fees

  • Clubs must have a logging system for everyone who visits the Club, they should have the name of the person, contact number and time they visited the Club (this is essential for contact tracing)

  • Maximum of four players per tee (at ten-minute intervals)

  • Clubhouses may open, but strict adherence to Social Distance must be observed

  • Do not handle the other players clubs or golf balls and do not shake hands

  • Members are reminded not to touch flags or flagsticks. Cups can be altered for easy retrieval of the ball. Attachments to flagsticks are commercially available to allow players to retrieve the ball without handling flagstick. To facilitate this the rule that the flagstick must be removed and placed off the green is being suspended temporarily

  • Alternatively play can proceed without flagsticks

  • Rakes must be removed from the course

  • Club Competitions may be played, but there must be strict measures in place to avoid close contact when entering and paying fees and collecting scorecards

  • Limited Open Competitions can take place after the 20th July with the above conditions

  • If scorecards are being used, the player will mark his playing partners card and sign it at the end of the round, with the score agreed by both players

  • If this is the chosen option, due care and attention will be needed at the collection point, surfaces must be cleaned on a regular basis and handwashing/sanitiser facilities should be provided. The committee should request that the player fills in his details on the card with the date and the name of the competition

  • The committee should put in place a method for the safe return of the scorecard, they may accept a photo of the card by text or email etc. If cards are returned the committee person who oversees the competition should not handle the cards for at least 24 hours

  • Clubs should erect signage in relation to Social distancing and should ensure that they have adequate handwashing facilities

  • Hand sanitisers should also be made available

  • If toilet facilities are used, they should be cleaned on a regular basis

  • Juvenile members may play together

  • Remove movable seats, if seats are fixed in the ground put up signs to let members know that they are not to be used

Players must observe the following rules: -

  • If you are ill or have any symptoms of COVID 19 stay home

  • Ensure your group is no greater than that allowed by the club

  • Do not exchange equipment with any others

  • Wash your hands and equipment before you leave home

  • Travel to the course on your own or with members of your own household only

  • Always observe Social Distancing

  • Change your shoes in the car park

  • Payers are asked to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club

  • Do not use water fountains, ball cleaners

  • After your round return to your car, change your shoes and put your equipment in the car and leave

  • If you must use the toilet facilities, ensure you adhere to health and safety guidelines

In addition: -

  • Bring your own sanitiser to the course & use regularly during the round

  • Bring your own food/hydration to the course

It is most important that clubs take whatever steps are necessary to ensure implementation of these protocols. We know that these restrictions are not going to last forever, and we also know that other opinions will abound, but we think these protocols will allow for the safe playing of Pitch and Putt.

Please stay safe and adhere to all Government and HSE guidelines.

NEC Pitch and Putt Ireland.