Posted on September 01, 2021 at 10:44 a.m.
Divots flew lawns around Gisborne during the lockdown.
But not so much today. . . well, not for members of the Poverty Bay and Electrinet Park golf clubs.
Richard Foon was at the Awapuni Links course early this morning as the first member to walk the fairways since the imposition of Alert Level 4 across the country.
Poverty Bay has an active online reservation system on the NZ Golf website, which means members can set up a game with the click of a mouse or finger.
Play is limited to level 3 individual or domestic bubbles and the club adheres to other guidelines listed on the Golf NZ website.
These include standard contact tracing and social distancing regulations and golf-specific guidelines, including closure of all facilities, lack of scorecards, appropriate intervals between tee times, removing all flags and bunker rakes, and raising the inner cup from the hole.
Electrinet Park Golf Club also reopened today and uses a telephone reservation system to arrange a tee time.
And just to make the Level 3 golf experience a little more interesting, Park is hosting a “buddy-less” ambrose competition using two balls. It will work until the district is upgraded to level 2.
The lockdown came at a busy time for golf courses across the district, with most involved in club championships.
Weeks lost at levels 4 and 3 will be rescheduled.
The Poverty Bay Golf Club looks nervously to the future as its major tournament, the Poverty Bay Open, takes place September 23-25.
The tournament field was filled several months ago and around half of the entries come from out of town, including Auckland.
ABOVE GROUND: Richard Foon on the practice green at Poverty Bay Golf Club this morning. Level 3 guidelines for golf require the cups to be elevated so there is no hole. Images by Liam Clayton
First returning golfer in level 3 conditions.