Kibworth Golf Club
Course Opening Plans
We have some good news for you all, after a day or two of mixed messages coming from government sources and England Golf we are happy to announce that the golf course will be open from Wednesday 13th May 2020. A lot of advice has been sought and discussions held and the following are the Course Conditions put in place initially.
Please accept that things may change, whilst we have been planning for this for some time in effect we have had to act with only three days notice.
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.
After waiting for clarification we can now say that the group size will be a maximum of two. It is not a requirement that a playing pair are from the same household, but “social distancing” must be practiced at all times.
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 HowDid I Do, 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.
To start with, so we can gauge demand and give all members an opportunity of getting on the course, you will be limited to booking three rounds per week. The week will start on a Monday and finishes on the following Sunday.
Booking will be available from 12 noon on Tuesday 12th May 2020, initially limited to this week only. This will allow us to assess availability and capacity.
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. It is important that we do not congregate when we have finished.
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.
Update 20th March re closure of clubhouse:
Unfortunately, as a consequence of the Government guidelines issued Friday 20th March, some of the plans we outlined earlier will have to change.
The course and Pro’s shop will remain open, as will access to the changing rooms, however the main clubhouse area will be closed from Saturday 21st March.
Unfortunately, the bar will have to close.
We shall continue to monitor the situation and respond to updates and guidelines as we receive them. Hopefully you will continue to support us and play golf if you feel able.
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
Message from Chairman, Mike Abrahams, 20th March 2020:
We would like to assure our members that we will do out utmost to keep the golf course open.
Martin & his team are doing a sterling job in keeping the course in great shape. Other parts of our club may face restrictions in the near future but the course will remain open for as long as possible.
We have laid out below a set of recommendations that we would like you to follow. These are based on advice from England Golf.
Golfers suffering from or showing symptoms of the COVID-19 infection must self-isolate and stay away from the golf club. The length of time spent in self isolation should be in line with government recommendations.
In general golf is a healthy pursuit played in the open air.
The risk to players, who are of good health and not classed in a vulnerable age category, is smaller than most other sports provided the expert advice is followed.
The vast majority of our members can continue to play at the club.
These are unprecedented and extremely tough times for golf, but we would ask all our members to adopt a common-sense approach.
Vulnerable groups or those with underlying health issues should heed government advice to self-isolate.
We have displayed public health posters in all washrooms and at entrances to the course and clubhouse.
To minimise social contact in locker rooms, members are permitted to change shoes in the car park.
We would encourage members to minimise cash transactions, card payments are preferred.
On the course, golfers should try to maintain a minimum distance of two metres between themselves and playing partners. Take care to adhere to this on teeing grounds and greens.
Golfers should consider playing in smaller groupings.
Common courtesies- handshakes and embraces in accordance with accepted etiquette of the game- are to be avoided. Offering a thumbs up or some other form of friendly greeting should be used as an alternative.
Greenkeepers will remove pins from the practice putting green.
Course Conditions Effective from Saturday 21st March
Bunkers will be raked by the Greens Staff first thing in the morning, bunker rakes will then be removed. Players are asked to smooth over bunkers with their club or shoe as best they can.
Flags are to be left in holes at all times, the cups will be modified to ease removal of players’ balls.
The ball washers on the tees are not to be used.
Waste bins are not to be used.
The compressed air lines will be switched off to avoid hand contact, please clean your shoes and trollies at home.
Some competition formats may be changed to reduce playing group sizes.
The driving range will remain open. The bays & ball machine will be cleansed every evening. The door to the bays will remain wedged open. If you do not wish to use a basket, please bring a carrier bag to dispense your balls in.
Mike Bent has guaranteed that so long as the course is open the Pro Shop will continue to operate as normal. The Pro Shop team are committed to maintaining a strict standard of hygiene and continued cleaning.
- Please do not congregate in the Pro Shop prior to teeing off, 2/3 members at any one time is enough.
- Please use contactless payments whenever possible.
- Mike’s group lessons with juniors will continue with some modifications. They will not be held on the putting green or the covered driving range.
Catering & Bar
At present, the clubhouse will remain open.
Saturday & Sunday:
Food to be ordered at the hatch and may be taken into the clubhouse or eaten outside.
Ordering at the bar will remain as normal.
The kitchen will remain closed, however sandwiches, pies and pasties etc will be available from the fridge. A microwave is also accessible.
The coffee machine will be serviced daily.
Bar opening hours will be from 2.00pm with closing time dependant on demand.
Although the office will be staffed, members are asked to contact via telephone (0116 2792301/1) or email (email@example.com) only, please.
Thank you for your co-operation.