Castletown Golf Links
Golfers across the island are eagerly awaiting the resumption of social golf but bureaucracy and perceived congestion problems could hamper your plans to arrange that much awaited friendly four-ball. No, I am not talking about snotty nosed players, but the volume of vehicles arriving at the same time at golf club car parks.
Your correspondent has been informed that, when it is eventually approved, Phase Two of the Isle Of Man Golf resumption plan recommends a maximum of three players per tee time with participants requested to arrive not more than ten minutes ahead of their designated start time. Players possibly congregating in car parks is apparently assessed to be too big a risk to allow four-balls to resume at this time.
Given that most of us prefer to play in four balls there is likely to be much debate and deliberation about who will have to dip-out. The good news is that before we rush out to join our preferred playing partners, we will be trusted to maintain social distancing if we use the golf practice nets and/or the putting green.
Currently, (Tuesday 19th) the IOMG Facebook page has the following message: ‘Following the Chief Minister’s announcement on the changes to the rules on social gatherings Isle of Man Golf have made representation to the appropriate government department recommending changes to the existing restrictions on the golf courses on the Isle of Man.
Until such time as these guidelines are approved and any changes are reflected in the government documentation then one balls and only playing with a member of the same household remains in place.’
In response to this the Links have issued the following announcement to its members: ‘As I am sure you now know, we are all able to socialise in groups of up to ten people with no restriction on the number of households.
Although naturally this new guidance should also cover golf courses, unfortunately after seeking clarity with the authorities, we have been told that the current policies in place for golf remain and we are required to comply with these restrictions until advised otherwise. The Council of Ministers will convene on Thursday 21st and we are hopeful that golf will form part of their agenda, following which we anticipate progression to Phase Two.
Please let it be known that we share in your frustrations and are working on your behalf for a positive outcome. For now however we would appeal for your patience and cooperation until such a time that the current measures maybe eased.’MALCOLM LAMBERT