Club Update 31/01/2022

Defibrillator update.

The defibrillator at the clubhouse has had a new battery and pads provided from a community fund and remains available as a Gatehouse community resource at the clubhouse. All users of the club should make themselves aware of the defibrillator location (on the shelf to the left as your enter the clubhouse). A video detailing how to use the equipment is available here and anybody wishing to have a demonstration of the use of a defibrillator should contact Pete Haslam or Douglas McDavid to arrange it. 

The unit in the clubhouse is not for training and should only be used when required to assist a casualty.

Following the latest announcement (August 2021) from the Scottish Government regarding Covid that means we are now generally free of  Covid restrictions, the club remains open as a place of exercise as below:

                            It is an SGL requirement of the club remaining open that online bookings are required for all play (see Competition tab for competition requirements) and the names of all players in the group must be recorded as it is still a condition of remaining open that we maintain a record of all people on the course at all times to assist test and trace if necessary. 

For Visitor bookings (online payment will be necessary) please use the link here. Members' bookings can be done through the "My Golf" section of the Master Scoreboard site or through the link here. Any issues using the links, please contact Jack Donald/Pete Haslam, or email: info@gatehousegolfclub.com .

The new booking system is now in place as we consolidate several aspects of the club activity into a single system to allow bookings to be made by both members and visitors, as well as accepting payments online. Any links to the previous booking system will no longer work as the account has been deleted.

If players choose to swap cards for a competition, as we did pre-Covid, then the number of strokes taken at each hole are to recorded and both player and marker must sign the card after the round is complete. In both cases, the player is responsible for recording the correct number of strokes taken at each hole and ensuring that the card is signed appropriately before submission for recording. 

Scores may be recorded on the app but the card must be physically completed and submitted to complete the competition. If there is a discrepancy between the score on the app and on the card, then the score on the card is the single source of truth.

Players may still choose to mark their own card in competition and continue to enter the number of strokes taken at each hole (or N/R) with some form of verbal verification taking place with a marker. If doing so, record your partner's score in the Marker score column on the card. The player must sign their card to be counted. 

This is NOT yet a complete return to normality and some restrictions remain in place

Social distancing and basic hygiene precautions are to be maintained at all times on all parts of the club property. 

Gatehouse GC will be guided by the SGL in our response to changes in restrictions and this message will be updated as the rules change.

The clubhouse is open as normal but the club requests that the changing facilities are used minimally. 

Social distancing should be maintained if more than one person is present.

Current playing conditions :

Preferred lies are in play on the fairways. A ball on a fairway may be lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches, no nearer the hole. A ball plugged in the rough (ball below the surface of the ground, not just in a rubbish lie!) may be rolled back up to one circumference from the start of the plugged lie.

Bunker play at Gatehouse GC has returned to normal and players must play the ball as it lies or take penalty relief for an unplayable lie in a bunker under Rule 19.3. Players should rake the bunker after a shot to remove the mark made by the shot and any footprints made when approaching the ball or leaving the hazard. 

Flagsticks may be removed from the hole when putting, or left in, as determined by the player making a stroke, If the flagstick is left in, then a ball coming to rest against the flagstick, with any part of the ball below the level of the green, is deemed to have been holed. 

Players are reminded that slow play is to be avoided at all times. The proper pace of play is just behind the group in front and not just ahead of the group behind. If you are holding players up then please invite them to play through.

It is not for the group behind to ask. 

Due to the increased number of cars at the club because of high usage of the course, players are asked to park considerately in the car park to allow the maximum number of vehicles to be parked safely and remember that the tennis court users are also entitled to use the car park.

Gatehouse GC continues to accept visitors to the course. 

A booked tee time is required for all play, as per the current SGL regulations and will remain as a club rule after restrictions are lifted as the impact of pre-booking on both the players and club is demonstrable and beneficial 

(lack of queuing for the tee, certainty over availability of  facilities, ability to plan events etc.). Medals and club competition trophy draws will be advertised on the Scoremaster site, available through the fixture tab (or this link here) and the tee will be booked by the competition organiser.

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.

The marker flag adjacent to the first green has been reinstated. Please raise the flag on arrival and lower it when leaving the green to indicate that following players may hit their tee shot.

All players must conform to these rules and anybody flouting the rules may 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 survived this crisis thus far. 

Gatehouse GC members would like to express their gratitude to all those people working to keep us safe, 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 2022 Secretary & Covid Officer

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 great test of golfing skill all year round. Winter greens are not used as the course drains very well. 

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