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                                                                                                            Club Update 19/1/2021

Welcome to the new year. Let's hope that it is better than the last one and that we can all get through this pandemic safely.


Following the announcement on 19th January from the Scottish Government regarding Covid restrictions and the general lockdown that will now remain in place across mainland Scotland, for the next few weeks, at least, the club remains open as a place of exercise as below:


Players may continue to use the course as single players or in 2balls (up to two households per group), subject to the playing conditions in this document Click here. Online bookings in January and February for more than 2 players have been cancelled and players are asked to rebook with no more than 2 players to a booking. Apologies for the inconvenience.


On the basis of direct advice from SGL on the matter, Gatehouse GC will continue to accept visitors to the course. All players are reminded that they are subject to the travel restrictions in the place where they reside and that they are expected to show common sense when deciding if they should come to Gatehouse to play. 


If in doubt, please do not travel at this time.


Gatehouse GC will not accept liability for any breaches to the Covid guidance and/or relevant legislation that take place prior to arrival at the club premises. Any questions, please contact the Gatehouse GC Covid Officer - Pete Haslam 07738865158.


Internal Club competitions will continue as per the Calendar on the Members Info tab unless further restrictions are applied in future.


Winter rules are now in play so preferred lies are available on the fairway - place within a club length no nearer the hole. A ball plugged in the rough may be rolled back one circumference without penalty.


Players are reminded that medals and winter competitions will still require a tee time to be booked. as per the SGL conditions of play. Medals and Lindsay Morris tee times will be advertised on the fixture tab and Winter Pairs competitions tee times must be booked online as for non-competition rounds.


The clubhouse is only  open for use of the toilets, access to the defibrillator and to place a card in the scorebox by the door. If accessing the clubhouse, please use hand sanitiser on entry. We are not allowed to operate our extensive locker room facilities and items of clothing and shoes may not be left in the clubhouse during play..


The marker flag adjacent to the first green has been removed to avoid cross-contamination. Please wave as you leave the green for the second tee to indicate to players behind that the green is free.


Social distancing and hygiene precautions are to be maintained at all times on all parts of the course and in the clubhouse if accessed. 


In competition play, players should enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it). It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place. Gatehouse Gents' competition cards to be put in the box at the clubhouse as normal after signature.


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.


There are now inserts in the hole which prevent the ball from going to the base of the cup. Players should retrieve their ball without removing the flag. A ball that comes to rest in the hole with any part of it below the level of the green is deemed to have been holed.


The playing conditions below are still applicable and compliance is not optional. Please note that online bookings must contain the names of all players in the group.


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: - Conditions of play It is a requirement of remaining open 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 must 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. 


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 2021 Secretary


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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Click here for a bird's eye view of the course.


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.