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Balfour Golf Course COVID-19 Action Plan

 

The Balfour Golf Course opened its 2020 golf season on Friday May 1st.  We are very excited to have our facility open for your enjoyment and our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our customers and our team members.  Thus far we have seen no sign of anyone not following our guidelines for a safe and enjoyable experience.  Fortunately, golf is one of very few activities where social distancing is easily achieved while providing an ideal avenue for finding exercise, fresh air, mental stimulation and safe social interaction.

Our Management Team and our Golf Operations Committee have developed a comprehensive list of safety measures to ensure that everyone who spends time at our facility will remain healthy.  We will be following Ministry of Health guidelines as they pertain to non-essential businesses remaining open, as well as any guidelines set out specific to the golf industry.  As you well know, the situation and recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 crisis are constantly evolving.  Please understand that the following list of operational changes and COVID-19 protocols are fluid and may be subject to change with short notice.  Any changes deemed necessary will be communicated very quickly via e-mail, website updates and of course, on site.  Please consider signing up for our newsletter updates to ensure you are apprised of any changes.

 

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ALL OPERATIONAL CHANGES AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS LISTED BELOW ARE REQUIRED FOR US TO REMAIN IN OPERATION.  WE WILL BE ADHERING TO A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IN ALL SITUATIONS AND ANYONE FOUND NOT FOLLOWING OUR PROTOCOLS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO A PROBATIONARY PERIOD OR OTHER SANCTIONS.

 


 

FIRST AND FOREMOST

  • STAY HOME if you are sick or are showing any flu like symptoms.
  • STAY HOME if you have been in the presence of anyone with flu like symptoms.
  • STAY HOME if you have just returned to Canada and isolate for 14 days.
  • STAY COMMITTED to maintaining a minimum 2 meter social distance from others every day, all day.

 

OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS

In order to properly gauge demand and revenue expectations, we will be taking a slow and steady approach to operation and service levels this season.  Please be patient, our goal is to continue operations with an eye to returning to normal operational levels as soon as possible.

  • Golf Shop hours will be 7:30 am to 7:00 pm every day with the first tee time available at 8:00 am.  Closing hours may vary depending on weather and traffic.
  • Staffing levels will be limited with very little shift overlap
  • All golfers MUST have a tee time booked in advance.  Walk on play will not be permitted.
  • Prepayment of green fees for daily fee golfers will be encouraged and available when you book online.
  • Only two customers will be permitted in our golf shop area at any given time.
  • Shared Power are now an option for those golfing with other inside their 'social bubble'.  This is simply an option and if our customers still prefer to ride alone, this will still be permissible and for the time being, there will be no extra charge to ride alone
    • All personal items, garbage and recycling must be removed by the operator when they return their cart.
  • Our driving range is open with modifications which can be found below.
  • Our club house practice green is open including a beautiful new practice bunker.  The newly expanded area of this practice greens has just recently opened with one hole available however is still a couple weeks away from being fully grown in.
  • Our Thursday Morning Retiree's League, Tuesday Men's Night, Wednesday Morning Ladies and Thursday afternoon Ladies groups are now up and running.
  • Our Food & Beverage services are now open once again with the exciting addition of rel-ish Bistro's second location, rel-ish at the Osprey.

 


HOW WE'RE GOING TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY

 

GOLF OPERATIONS

  • Installment of a hand sanitizing station inside our main entrance.
  • Limiting customers in our Golf Shop area to two at any given time.
  • Sanitizing high touch point areas of our Golf Shop on a regular basis.
  • Closing the internal access point between our Golf Shop and Restaurant.
  • Golf Shop washroom facilities will be sanitized regularly.
  • Power carts and pull carts will be cleaned and sanitized at the close of each day and again after each use.  There will be designated areas for power cart return so as to ensure they are sanitized before being used again.
  • Tee time intervals will be increased to 10 minutes in order to help keep adequate on course spacing between groups and maintenance of social distancing measures.
  • A list of our COVID-19 protocols will be displayed outside of our Golf Shop door and we will have abundant signage displayed throughout our Golf Course and Clubhouse areas.
  • We will have an area designated for waiting prior to teeing off on the first hole
  • Our club storage building located at our driving range will be limited to one person inside at a time.
  • Score cards will be available by request at our check in counter.

 

DRIVING RANGE

  • Space between our hitting mats will be increased and will be reduced from 10 down to 8 in order to maintain adequate physical separation.
  • Driving range tokens will be sanitized after every use.
  • We will have a water cooler containing a diluted cleaning agent will be used for sanitization.
    • After filling your basket with range balls you will dunk the whole basket including balls into the cooler.
    • Once you're done practicing, you will dunk your empty basket, turned upside down, into the cooler and return the sanitized basket into its appropriate stack.
    • PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SANITIZING AGENT MAY CONTAIN BLEACH AND MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR CLOTHING.  WE ADVISE YOU BE CAREFUL AND HOLD THE BASKET AT ARMS LENGTH WHEN TRANSPORTING TO AND FROM YOUR HITTING BAY.

 

WHILE ON THE GOLF COURSE

  • Installation of our new PUCK-ER UP ball removal system designed to retrieve your golf ball with no flag stick or cup contact.
  • Addition of a 'NO NEED TO TOUCH THE CUP, JUST PUCK-ER UP' sign to each flag pole
  • All bunker rakes will be removed.  A Lift, Smooth and Place local rule will be in effect.
  • All ball washers will be removed from the golf course.
  • A limited number of garbage cans will be available on course.

 


WHAT WE WILL REQUIRE OF YOU

 

TEE TIME BOOKING

  • All golfers must have a tee time booked prior to arrival at the golf course.  In order to maintain safe social distancing and low traffic levels around the club house, walk in play will net be permitted.
  • In order to properly manage our tee sheet, all tee time bookings must be made with the correct number of golfers and include the names of each player.
  • Whenever possible we will accommodate twosomes requesting to play alone however with be aware that with few tee times available, we may not be able to accommodate everyone.
  • Failure to notify our Golf Shop of any group changes a minimum of 24 hours in advance is unacceptable.

 

ARRIVAL TO THE GOLF COURSE

  • Maintain a minimum of a 2 club length social distance from other golfers at all times.  While on our property this is not an option, it is your obligation.
  • Do not arrive to the golf course more than 30 minutes prior to your tee time if you intend to warm up prior to play, 20 minutes if you do not intend to warm up.  Our goal is to have the group ahead of you teeing off while you are checking in so if you do happen to arrive early, please remain in your vehicle until it is time to check in.
  • Arrive prepared.  Avoid lingering in the parking lot or around the club house prior to play.  Please bring your own hand sanitizer for use while on the golf course.
  • If you are here to use the driving range only, please do not linger before, after or during your practice session.

 

DRIVING RANGE

  • Please only ask for the number of range tokens that you will be using during your current practice session.  Bulk distribution and/or range token collection will not be happening moving forward.
  • Please do not socialize while at our practice range.  Golfers are to spend only the time they need for their personal practice session.
  • If all hitting bays are full, please be considerate of others who may be waiting and finish the golf balls you have left and move on.

 

ON THE GOLF COURSE

  • Maintain a minimum of a 2 club length social distance at all times.  While on our property this is not an option, it is your obligation.
  • Remain at the designated waiting area until the group ahead has reached the fairway before approaching the first tee.
  • In order to maintain sufficient spacing between groups, please tee off at the time you have booked regardless of whether the first tee is open.
  • Pace of play expectations become very important in order to maintain sufficient spacing between groups.  All golfers, regardless of the time they tee off, need to work together to maintain a consistent pace of play throughout the course of a day.
    • 9-hole rounds must take no more than 2 hours and 10 minutes.
    • 18-hole rounds must take no longer than 4 hours and 20 minutes.
    • Prior to teeing off, establish your groups 9 and 18 hole time targets and work together to meet them.  Going beyond your time targets is unacceptable and has the potential to cause a back log of groups resulting in inconsistent spacing.
    • Playing through groups in front is not permissible.  Please aim to hit your time targets and maintain generous spacing between you and the group ahead at all times.
  • Do not touch any flag sticks at any point during your round.
  • Dispose of your garbage in the cans provided or consider taking it home with you.  Please note that we will not have any recycle containers available on site so please take your recyclable containers home with you.

 

FOLLOWING YOUR ROUND

  • Continue to maintain your social distance and avoid any traditional thank you salutations such as hand shakes, high fives etc.
  • Head straight to your vehicle and leave the property.  It is unacceptable to linger in our parking lot, around our clubhouse or on our property after completion of your round.
  • If you have rented a power cart, please return it to the designated wash bay area via the parking lot access away from the club house at the end of our cart storage area. 
  • In order to maintain the health of our staff, golfers renting a power cart must clear their golf cart of all person items, garbage and recyclables before heading home.  We will have receptacles available for your use beside our Carts Return signage.

 

Thank you for your understanding and strict adherence to the aforementioned operational modifications and COVID-19 protocols.  It is imperative to our operational success and sustainability that we work together to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all.

Balfour Golf Course Management Team & Golf Operations Committee