31 July 2020
After some hard work in interpreting the current Covid-19 guidelines we are pleased to tell you that the clubhouse will be open this weekend. The changes we have made to the normal running of the bar/restaurant area are mostly self-explanatory and have been put in place to safeguard the health of all our members, guests, and Crumbs staff.
To be able to keep all the facilities open to members it is imperative that we all follow the guidelines set out below.
• All drinks and food orders will be placed at the bar. The good news is that your bar card can now be used, as well as contactless cards or cash.
• There will be a 1-way system in operation. Entry will be from the patio doors facing the putting green and exit through the doors in the corner of the restaurant. These are clearly marked with tape on the floor.
• Before placing yours orders please find a table, inside or out, with a green disc on and give this number when ordering at the bar. Please turn the disc to the red side.
• When ordering for your group it is advisable that only 1 member of that group goes to the bar to order, thus cutting down on numbers in the clubhouse.
• When you have finished, leave your glasses etc on the table and leave the disc with the red side showing. When the table has been cleared and sanitised then the disc will be turned to green denoting that the table is now clear to sit at.
• Those sitting inside will have table service.
• Those sitting outside will have their orders delivered to a table outside the doors facing the driving range so please listen for your table number/name when your orders have been put on the table.
• Drinks orders will not be served from the bar. This is to minimise the risk associated with touching surfaces and to minimise the queuing inside.
• One key change based on current rules for inside occupancy, is that only people from 2 separate households may sit at one table. This unfortunately means that the majority of 4 balls sitting inside, will use 2 tables.
• Certain areas of the clubhouse must remain closed to members for now, this includes the main entrance and office, the 19th lounge and the ladies lounge. To access the toilets, members will need to exit the building and walk round to the outside entrances.
• When sitting outside could members please respect those golfers playing the 9th hole and the staff of Crumbs who have had some tasteless remarks aimed at them.
We realise the above list of do’s and don’ts is quite long, but they are there for a reason. Your Council are mindful of our duties to keep everyone as safe as possible during these unprecedented times. Hopefully, they will not detract from your enjoyment when socialising after your rounds.
July 22nd 2020
I hope that you are all staying safe and sane in these ever-changing times. There are some changes to arrangements at our Pro- shop and Crumbs.
With the new government guidelines coming into force this Friday 24th July 2020, face coverings must be worn when entering the Pro-shop. We are working towards changing one of the windows by the Pro-shop till, so that members will be able to carry out transactions from outside of the building making it easier for both the member and the staff.
We have agreed with Crumbs to change the opening and closing times of the kitchen.
Monday to Friday 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 10.00am -5.00pm
Sunday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Bar opening times will remain the same as present:
Monday – Friday 12.30pm
July 8th 2020
We have agreed with our neighbours at Glen Gorse GC to a reciprocal arrangement whereby our members who have been advised not to travel outside of the Leicester lock-down zone, are afforded free golf at their club.
Those members living inside the lock-down area and wishing to play at Glen Gorse are to book direct with their office or Pro Shop on 0116 2714159. You will need to take with you photo ID with your address on, plus your club bag tag.
Tees will be limited to a maximum of 4 per day and can be booked a maximum of 2 days in advance.
This agreement is subject to change when and if necessary.
July 2nd 2020
The recent announcement of a local lockdown for the Leicester area has created a significant amount of correspondence from those within and those outside of the specified area. This email hopefully will clarify the Club’s position.
We have received a number of emails asking whether we will be banning those from within the lockdown area from attending the club and playing. The simple answer is that we can’t. As a private members’ Club you, as a member, own the club. By paying your annual membership fee you receive a number of privileges one of which is the right to use the facilities and play the course. These rights are enshrined within the rules of the club. These rights can only be removed if the member has done something to justify their removal and that there has been a fair process to determine this outcome. Where someone lives is not suitable justification and would be unfair.
Whilst we cannot suspend or ban anyone unless they have done something in breach of the Club’s rules, we are asking that all members show consideration to their fellow members by abiding by the rules and advice issued by the Government to minimise the spread of Covid-19. This includes not attending the Club if you are showing the symptoms of the virus, not attending the Club if you have been in contact with someone who has the virus or is symptomatic, following the guidance around hand sanitation and not travelling to the Club if you are from an area where there is a local lockdown due to high infection rates.
Covid-19 remains a deadly virus which creates a significant amount of anxiety especially from those at a higher risk. Our approach so far is to put in place best practice guidance as well as requesting that our members adhere to all guidance given. In most cases our members have followed this guidance and we have returned to enjoying our golf. On the odd occasion where we have seen transgressions these members have been spoken to and this has, by and large, resolved these issues. We are continuing with this approach.
We ask all members to have due consideration to their fellow members.
A lot of advice has been sought and discussions held and the following are the Course Conditions put in place initially.
Please remember that we are in an advantageous position of being able to resume the game we love earlier than other sports. We need to rely on each other to adhere to the recommendations so that we all can stay safe and enjoy our game.
With the guidance we have been given we have strived to make the Course Conditions as equitable as possible, giving all members the chance of playing. It will not seem a perfect solution to all but we have done the best for the majority of our members.
The office will be have someone in there everyday but to keep the safety of our staff paramount it will not be able to be accessed. If you need to have contact with the office this can be done by phone or e-mail.
The course has been kept in really great condition especially if you take into account that we have been operating with 50% of our staff in at any one time. A local Greens Chair has been berating his head greenkeeper that Kibworth is in a far better condition than his own. Even so Martin Anderson is not entirely happy with the state of the course, but he is a perfectionist. The greens will be a little slower than normal but I believe that all members will be happy just to get out there and play. Martin is determined to improve the course to an even higher level.
Locker Rooms and Toilets
The toilets will be open and employ a one way system in and out. We ask that only one person at a time use them, there will be signage to indicate whether they are engaged or vacant. Both toilets have a hand sanitiser on the entry door.
The Locker rooms will be open to allow members to access their golf bags etc. Please minimise use of this area by removing everything you can and keeping it at home or in your car. Both locker rooms have had their carpets cleaned in the last week or two.
Changing in the changing rooms is not allowed, please come changed ready to play and change your shoes in your car.
Tee times will be every 10 minutes.
Booking Your Tee-Time
Tee booking is compulsory at all times, please do not arrive at the club without a reserved tee time.
This will be done through HowDidIDo, which most have used successfully in the past. Tee times will be from 8:00 am to 7:00pm every weekday and 7:30am to 7:00pm on the weekends. These times will allow the greenstaff to be able to work on the course before it gets crowded.
Those of you that are unable to book on Howdidido will be able to call the Pro shop and ask them to book a time for you. The office will not be able to do it for you.
You must not arrive in the car park more than 15 minutes before your allotted tee time.
Entry will be through the ‘tunnel’ and exit will be past the compressed air machine, which will be switched off. There will be signage on both pathways.
You will need to ‘book in’ at the Proshop before you can commence your round. There is a strict 2 member limit in the shop and there is a one-way system in and out. There will be a tape outside the Proshop denoting where to stand whilst waiting to go in. There is a hand sanitiser by the door. Please use contactless payments where at all possible.
The putting green will be open only for the next group waiting to tee off.
There will be a highlighted tape along the floor at the end of the flower bed and we ask you not to cross this line until a minute or two before you are due to tee off. This will also give ample space for social distancing for those golfers leaving the 18th green and going into the car park.
Controls that were initiated before we closed are still in place, i.e. flags must be left in holes and not touched, holes will be modified to stop balls falling below ground. Bunker rakes will be removed so bunkers should be smoothed with your foot or club, a local rule will be introduced to deal with this. Bunkers will be raked by the greens staff as often as possible.
Score cards should not be shared, exchanged or returned, since initially rounds will be none qualifying for handicaps most players should not require scorecards. We recommend matchplay be adopted for now and no inter group competing should take place.
When you have completed your round please leave the club immediately. You can discuss how good you were by social messaging.
The Tee boxes will not have any markers on them, this is so the Greenstaff will not have to move them on and off the teeing area when it comes to mowing them.
We will put a notice out to all walkers that they must now keep to the path, but please do not shout at them if some transgress.
The Range is open to Members Only, with a pre booked slot only. The bookings can be made in the Pro shop. Please bring your own bag to dispense the practice balls into.
I believe we have covered all aspects of health and safety and of making your playing experience as enjoyable as we can. We expect that things may change quite rapidly so as they do we will update you with how they affect our golf here.
I would just like to re-iterate that we are in a fortunate position in playing our sport so it is imperative that we keep the welfare and safety of our fellow members in our heads and keep to the playing and course conditions that have been agreed.
As a valued member of Kibworth Golf Club please see below our procedures at the club during these unsettled times. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to follow government advice as it develops.
Please be assured that we are doing everything that we can to keep everyone safe.
For the latest updates click here: 20200319 Gov.uk Coronavirus notice for locker room & toilets
Please click on the link for Coronavirus information : Statement on COVID from Golfnet Ireland 17th March 20