Coronavirus Update 30/6/2020. 

The First Minister announced on 18th June that Scotland enters phase 2 of the Lockdown easing on June 19th but not all restrictions will be lifted in one step. 

Full details of the latest instructions for play from SGL can be found on their website www.scottishgolf.org 

Key points from SGL are:

Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it), so back to how it was a couple of weeks ago for the Gents' comps.

It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place. 

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Players may centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, even when wearing  glove or using a towel (for example by using a club). The centring of the flagstick is allowed when another player putts (this may be desirable in windy conditions as the flagstick must remain in the hole at all times) when the flagstick may be leaning towards a player making a stroke.

If the ball retrieval system is likely to impede the holing of a ball, then it may be moved around the flagstick prior to the putt but only using a club head, not a ahnd (gloved or otherwise) nor a towel.

Gatehouse Gents' competition cards to be put in the box in the clubhouse as usual. This does not mean that the clubhouse has reopened for general use.

The important decision for Gatehouse GC is that "people who are not shielding can now meet with more households outside. Limit increased from meeting 1 other household to meeting 2 households: ….. need for physical distancing remains.".

This means that we can play in 3balls. 4balls, if more than one player is from a single household in the group. The remaining restrictions below are still applicable and compliance is not optional. Please note that the clubhouse remains off-limits except as below and that all online bookings must contain the names of all players.

The playing conditions, that must be adhered to regarding social distancing, access to the course, flagsticks etc., are contained in the document in this link: Gatehouse return to play. It is a condition of reopening that we maintain a record of all people on the course at all times to assist test and trace if necessary. 

Non-competition tee times can be booked through the link here : Tee time booking. 

All players must conform to these rules and anybody flouting the rules will be asked to leave the course. Ignorance of these rules is no excuse. They apply to you, me and every other user of the course.

The course is looking splendid and is a credit to the workers who have put in so much time and effort into ensuring that our club has a chance to survive this crisis. 

The fact that lockdown restriction easing is being implemented is a tribute to the effectiveness of the safety measures in place and how they have been applied in our area thus far. Dumfries and Galloway has one of the lowest Covid-19 infection and death rates on the UK mainland and it would be foolish to do anything to jeopardise that, having come so far. 

Gatehouse GC members would like to express their gratitude to all those people working to keep us safe at this time, especially those in the frontline of the NHS. We would also like to thank everybody working behind the scenes to support those in the spotlight, Gatehouse Community Council, those working in the local shops to keep us supplied with food the delivery drivers keeping shops and businesses supplied with essential goods and also the postal staff and council workers who are keeping us in touch and maintaining our community in as normal a fashion as possible. 

                                                                    To all of you and any I may have missed, a heartfelt Thank You! 

                                                 Your actions are greatly appreciated by both the club and the Gatehouse community at large.

                                                                                       Pete Haslam 2020 Captain

Any questions about the Club's response to the Coronavirus outbreak, please contact Pete Haslam on 07738865158 or through info@gatehousegolfclub.com 

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The nine holes of the course present a good test of golfing skill all year round. Winter greens are not used as the course drains very well.