Castletown Golf Links
Contrary to rumour and expectation The Department of Education, Sport and Culture has just confirmed that, subject to acceptable risk assessments, golf clubs across the island can resume four-ball golf with immediate effect. This is welcome news and was the only logical outcome following the Chief Minister’s recent announcement that up to ten people could congregate, subject to social distancing, in people’s gardens.
Whether lobbying by clubs and posts on social media influenced the final outcome Is open to debate, but we all know that both the Golf Union and Government had our best interests at heart. It is now down to us players to prove that we can continue to act in a responsible manner. The last thing we need is for any selfish and irresponsible parties to jeopardise the situation by ignoring social distancing and any health and safety recommendations.
As possible congestion and congregation of people in car parks was cited as a possible reason to restrict games to 3-balls, this area will be under particular scrutiny and we have to factor in that we will have little control over non-players such as visitors to the Bay Green Restaurant. Therefore, unless you are intending to use the restaurant, please try not to arrive more than 20 minutes ahead of your booked tee-time and, if possible, try and park away from other cars where people are present.
As of 6 pm this evening, members with the appropriate playing rights will be able to book a tee-time for Saturday. whether or not many will be brave enough to battle in the predicted high winds remains to be seen! The weather is expected to be better on Sunday and, now we are back to 4-balls, there should be plenty of slots available. Enjoy getting back to social golf, I for one am looking forward to it enormously.