Society Golf and Covid-19

Following the Spanish lockdown on the 13th March 2020 the golf courses were allowed to re-open from the 11th May 2020 under a set of protocol guidelines and since then most local golf societies have been merrily playing golf and gradually disregarding the general safety guidelines because the virus has generally been well under control in this region of Spain.

Sorry to say but just like the Indians surrounding the Soldiers Wagon Train the virus is getting ever closer and I have experienced and had feedback of members of local golf societies either catching the virus or isolating because they have been in social contact with someone off the golf course who has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Perhaps is probably the right time to remind local golfers of the Covid-19 Safety protocol guidelines issues by the Spanish Golf Federation in conjunction with the Golf Course Association and the Spanish Government so consider the following the minimum that we should all do on society golf days:

  • Always wear a mask where social distancing can’t be maintained and in a shared buggy.
  • Use hand sanitiser.
  • No physical greeting (hugs, kisses and hand-shakes).
  • No touching flags.
  • No rakes in bunkers.
  • Nominate one buggy driver (no switching during the round)
  • No passing of scorecards between players
  • Sanitise hands on arrival back at bar for presentations.
  • Six persons only per table for presentations.
  • No moving between tables.
  • No moving table and chairs

Most importantly don’t even consider going golfing if you have any Covid-19 virus symptoms.

If we all do the above as a minimum we will have some chance at restricting and controlling the spread of the virus though the golfing population.