Club Update 1/12/2020

SGL and SOSGA have responded to the latest announcements from the Scottish Government regarding Covid restrictions  and adhering to their guidance, the club remains open as below:

Following the advice from the South of Scotland Golfers Association, Gatehouse GC will not accept visitors from outside Dumfries and Galloway whilst we are at Tier 2, or higher, of the Scottish Government Covid designations. To avoid unnecessary travel this unfortunately includes the Borders region who are also currently at Tier 2. Players from Tier 3/4 should not be travelling outside their areas. Travel for leisure is also banned to/from other countries of the UK.

Members and visitors are reminded that they are subject to the travel restrictions in the place where they reside and that 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.

We are now part of the World Handicapping System and members can find their Handicap index on the sheet in the cabinet at the clubhouse as usual. Take your index and consult the Course Rating sheet on the board next to it to find your Playing Handicap for Gatehouse for the tees you are playing off. Simple!

There are some teething issues as WHS refer to them - I would have called it a fundamental failure of basic functionality- with the WHS system whereby the correctly entered stroke index for each hole in the SGL VMS system has not been copied across accurately to WHS (it has been replaced with some gibberish from the USGA system). We have demanded a recount! 

This is affecting other clubs in the area and across the whole country. Until this issue is sorted, cards cannot be processed so handicaps will not change. When we have a stable, and accurate system, a link will be provided to show all club members' handicaps. Please bear with us.

Alan is in regular contact with SGL and WHS and I believe that I pointed out potential issues at a VMS seminar in 2018 @ Newton Stewart and also 2019 @ The Crichton. It gives me no pleasure to be proved right but surely some sort of testing was done before they rolled out the live system. If not, I'd be looking at penalty payments for non-delivery of services paid for (sorry, I thought I was back at work for a moment).

We are preparing the course for our centenary year next season. and there will be work on the tees and greens over the next few weeks and players are asked to bear with us when there are changes to the course layout as we try to get the course looking its best for this special year. Details will follow and be updated on the whiteboard at the club.

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 open for general use provided we practice social distancing and the current hygiene procedures. Due to the size of our clubhouse, this will only be possible by limiting the number of people in the clubhouse to three at any one time. Please use hand sanitiser on entry. We are allowed to operate our extensive locker room facilities (see number limitations above) and items of clothing and shoes may be left in the clubhouse during play, but not overnight.

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. 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 remaining restrictions 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 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. 

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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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.