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Resuming the Playing of Golf

Golf Plan 12th May 2020

Resuming the Playing of Golf

 The Board have agreed the following procedure for the playing of Golf at Wrotham Heath Golf Club, in line with the Governments requirements and after reviewing all its risk assessments. All members are required to follow the procedure without variation.


The following plan is based on requirements set out by The Government, the R&A and England Golf.






Before we detail Wrotham Heath Golf Clubs plan for the re-opening of the golf course, we would like to draw your attention to the Governments definition of clinically vulnerable people.


Clinically vulnerable people

If you have any of the following health conditions, you are clinically vulnerable, meaning you are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions, treatments like chemotherapy, or medicines such as steroid tablets
  • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • pregnant women

As above, there is a further category of people with serious underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable, meaning they are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You, your family and carers should be aware of the guidance on shielding which provides information on how to protect yourself still further should you wish to.


Our plan for the return to playing golf at WHGC from Thursday 14th May 2020

Golf course


  • A warning sign has been attached to every flagstick advising golfers not to touch the flagstick.
  • All holes have been fitted with depth restrictors so that all of the ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only.
  • The shoe cleaner has been covered up.
  • Ball washers and water fountains have been covered up.
  • The bells on the 3rd, 6th and 15th holes have been either covered up or removed.
  • Rakes have been removed from all bunkers.
  • The steps on the 3rd and 18th holes have been taken out of use.
  • All divot boxes have been removed from tees.
  • The air compressor has been covered up.
  • Benches have been removed.
  • Flags have been removed from the putting green.
  • The practice nets are closed and MUST not be used.
  • The practice ground is closed and MUST not be used.
  • Hand sanitisers are located near to the 1st tee and 18th


Tee times


  • In order to satisfy Government instructions and guidance from England Golf and to keep our members safe, it will be necessary to introduce tee times.
  • Tee times will be at 10 minutes intervals and the number of players per tee time will be restricted to two players.
  • If a member wishes to book a tee time for themselves and play as a one ball, that is perfectly acceptable.
  • All rounds of golf will start from the 1st tee, even if you only plan to play nine holes.
  • Tee times will be available between the hours of 7am and 7pm each day. This will offer 511 tee times per week (73 per day) of which 217 per week (31 per day) will be morning tee times.
  • Tee times for the period Thursday 14th May up to Sunday 17th May will be released via IG on Wednesday morning at 11am.
  • Tee times should be booked via IG. The person making the booking will need to add their own name and the name of their playing partner next to their chosen tee time. Each member can only be part of one tee time booking at this point.
  • From 11.00am on Friday 15th May, all members can be part of a 2nd tee time booking for the period ending Sunday 17th
  • Details of tee bookings from Monday 18th May will be communicated before the end of this week.
  • Only members will be allowed to be part of a tee time. Unfortunately, at this time we will not allow members guests, green fees or social members.
  • We would encourage members who are able to play midweek to book a midweek tee time, if possible. This will allow those members that can only play at the weekend to play during this initial stage.
  • Members who are unable to access the tee booking system on IG, may phone the office (01732 884800) during working hours or Tim Lavender (07876 297121) outside of working hours, who will book a tee time for them.
  • If members experience problems booking a suitable tee time for their requirements, they can e-mail Tim Lavender (tim.lavender@whgc.golf). Where appropriate, Tim will ensure such members get a suitable tee time for the following week.



Car parking


  • The car park near the putting green will be CLOSED. This is to ensure that golfers can safely move from the main car park to the course.


Arriving at the Golf Club and playing golf

  • As much as possible, a ranger/marshal will be on duty to ensure safety of members and be available to deal with any problems that may arise.
  • Players should take a mobile phone with them onto the course in case of emergency. This should be kept on silent.
  • If a member is late for their tee time they will not be allowed to play.
  • Members MUST ensure that they adhere to social distancing requirements at all times.
  • Players MUST remain in the car park until 15 minutes prior to their tee time, they should then proceed directly to the putting green.
  • Only two players are allowed on the putting green at any time.
  • Golfers should proceed to the 1st tee, five minutes prior to their tee time.
  • Players MUST NOT tee off before their tee time.
  • Members MUST NOT pick up lost golf balls.
  • Golfers should smooth the sand in bunkers as best they can using their feet or a golf club.
  • Players MUST NOT touch the flagstick.
  • Members MUST leave the Golf Club immediately after finishing their round.
  • Only social golf will be permitted.
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES must a member come to the Golf Club unless they have a pre-booked a tee time.


Members who store golf equipment in the buggy shed


  • Members who need their buggy/trolley from the buggy shed MUST e-mail John Dale (secretrary@wrothamheathgolfclub.co.uk) in advance of their tee time and John will arrange for the buggy shed to be opened so that the buggy/trolley can be accessed prior to playing and put away after playing. There will be some restrictions on when buggies/trollies can be accessed/put away as there will not be someone at the club from 7am until 9pm every day. Times when access is available to the buggy shed will be communicated to members in advance of when tee sheets are made available. Please ensure that you allow plenty of time to collect your equipment prior to your tee time (I would suggest that you arrive at the club 30 minutes before your tee time instead of the recommended 15 minutes).


Members who have left golf equipment in a locker

  • Members who have left items in a locker at the club will need to remove them at their earliest opportunity. Our General Manager, John Dale, will be at the club between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 10am on Saturday 16th May and Sunday 17th It is hoped that most members will be able to collect their locker contents during the 1st week of the course re-opening. Members should e-mail John Dale (secretrary@wrothamheathgolfclub.co.uk) in advance of their visit to the club and arrange a suitable time to collect their locker contents, making sure that they allow an additional 15 minutes prior to their tee time if they are collecting their belongings just before playing golf.
  • As members will not have access to the lockers, John Dale will remove the contents of the locker on behalf of the member, after the member has given John the key. After members possessions have been removed from the locker, no further access to the locker will be allowed until further notice.


Pro Shop and Lessons

  • The Pro shop will remain closed and golf lessons will not be available. This is in line with Government requirements that non essential retail outlets must stay closed until at least 1st


Health and safety requirements

  • The clubhouse will remain closed.
  • There will be no access to the toilets.
  • The Ladies toilet near the 11th green will not be available.