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March Newsletter

Newsletter 15th March 2021

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This may well be the last newsletter you receive by email!

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Golf Returns Monday 29th March 2021-A Reflective First Week.

On Monday 29th March, the Club flag will be hoisted by the Captains marking the beginning of the new season. However, it will only be raised to half mast to pay tribute to members, friends and relatives who have died during the pandemic and particularly to mark the sad passing in late February of Michelle Scott, our greenkeeper Andrew Scott’s dear wife, after a long brave fight against cancer.

It has been decided to defer the Captains (Ladies and Gents) Drive In until noon on Good Friday 2nd April. The Club Flag will be hoisted to full height prior to the Drive-In.

On Good Friday, as well as Bob and Rachel’s drive-in there will be the usual Opening Day Mixed Stableford 18 hole Competitions. Tee times will be bookable on BRS 16 days ahead, so get your gang organised!

The latest Covid 19 Protocol is set out later in this newsletter. Please remember to sanitise hands and wear a mask if you are inside the Clubhouse, albeit even for a short time.

www.bellinghamgolfclub.com is being relaunched TODAY

The new look website makes its debut today. It is our hope and expectation that this will become members, guests and visitors go-to destination for up to date information and news on everything to do with Bellingham Golf Club.

The old website had become very difficult to update and was a security risk, so we engaged Team Marvel from Dissington Hall to develop our new website. In future Newsletters will be uploaded onto the website rather than emailed to readers. We are also intending to move to a monthly newsletter.

We are interested to hear your views on the new website-it will continue to evolve and we will try very hard to keep the content right up to date. Please send us any items which you believe would interest our readers and viewers.

Bellingham Golf Club has been accredited with England Golf’s SafeGolf Award

We have worked very hard to achieve this award which means Bellingham Golf Club

has met the standards set by England Golf and shares the mission of the SafeGolf partnership to: SAFEGUARD THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, AS WELL AS ADULTS AT RISK, ensuring that all people have a fun, safe and positive experience in the sport of golf.

Alec Jones is Club Welfare Officer for Bellingham Golf Club and the Safeguarding Policies are on the website for interested parties to consult.

Bellingham Golf Club has signed up to the R&A and England Golf Women in Golf Charter

The R&A Women in Golf Charter is a commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf. We, Bellingham Golf Club, call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.  Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.  To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.  The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.  In signing this Charter, we Bellingham Golf Club commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers.

Rachel Batchelor, our Ladies Captain, is our Charter Champion. The details of the Charter’s aims and targets are on the website.

Reciprocal Golf Arrangements for Bellingham Members in 2021

In addition to the 1893 Club, Stewart Jones has arranged a number of arrangements with golf clubs in the area to allow play on each others course on payment of a member’s guest green fee. The list of courses (still growing!) is found on the website, as is the 1893 Club. Good news for members.

The Clubhouse is having a facelift

The £10,000 grant received from England Golf and the R&A’s Covid 19 relief scheme has been spent on refurbishing the fixed and casual seating in the lounge with wipeable vinyl to improve anti Covid resilience. In addition, the foyer and lounge have been redecorated and the new look is light and airy. Pity we can’t yet use the lounge-roll on 17 May!

We have also carried out maintenance work on the buggy shed roof and guttering; clubhouse fascias and windows; and, this week, on the decking.

Bellingham Golf Club –Play Safe, Stay Safe

Golf Arrangements from Monday, 29th March 2021

Here is the new protocol document effective from Monday 29th March 2021 when the course reopens for play.

Following the latest UK Government update, Members, guests and visitors may play golf as a single, twoball, threeball or fourball from Monday 29th March.

Bellingham Golf Club allows up to four golfers from four separate households to play in the same group from the above date.

ALL GOLFERS TO REMAIN AT LEAST 2 METRES APART AT ALL TIMES.

Bring Hand Sanitisers for your own use.

Wash/Sanitise your hands before and after golf

AspectsActions
Tee TimesAll tee times must be pre booked on BRS before travelling to the Club. The names of all players in the group must be entered on BRS.
Car parkArrival – please try to arrive no more than 10 mins prior to your tee time to avoid too much waiting.Only leave or re-enter your car if adjacent cars are unattended – social distancing. Shoes to be changed in the car park.
Clubhouse Reception and QR CodeOpening Times 08.30– 18.00.If your name has not been entered on BRS please log in to NHS app on your phone and scan the QR code in the clubhouse entrance hall.The main lounge will operate as an extended corridor, where golfers may enter through the main front door, and exit through the fire exit to minimise any unnecessary interactions and maintain social distancing. Golfers will have limited access to the bar area, by the small front portion where a screen is in place to allow the completion of any outstanding payments. Wearing a mask inside is mandatory.Golfers should refrain from entering the lounge unless they are making a payment or entering competition scorecards or purchasing drinks or packaged snacks to take away.
Locker roomsAvailable for access to toilets only.Hand sanitisers are available for use at main entrance and inside the lobby.For additional safety, where possible, members are advised to clear lockers for the time-being.Members are asked to use their own sanitisers as necessary.
ToiletsOne in one out – social distancing. 
Putting greenMaximum of 2 golfers on the green at any one time, reserved for those teeing off next – social distancing
Practice RangeOpen-please use hand sanitiser installed on entry and exit to the range
Buggies for hireBuggies will be allowed, subject to the ground conditions being satisfactory.Members/visitors are permitted to use club (electric) buggies, but buggies must be booked/reserved in advance. This will allow them to be positioned outside before play to minimise some of the risks involved.On completion of the round, members/visitors must leave the key in the buggy and in the car park where they collected it, allowing it to be thoroughly disinfected, and stored away securely through the night.These buggies will only be available to begin hire in the hours 09:00 – 14:00, to ensure they are returned before the clubhouse closes at 18.00.Buggies can only be used by one golfer unless the hire is by two golfers living in the same household, and the costs are as follows: (18 holes)Member £10 single, £17 for two personsMember 65 years or over, £5 single, £10 for two persons.Visitor £13 single, £20 for two persons
Private BuggiesUse at buggy owners discretion. Clean before & after use.
Trolleys for HireMembers/visitors can now ask for trolley handles before play for a charge of £3. We ask all members/visitors who’ve acquired a handle to leave it in the trolley outside to allow it to be fully disinfected and stored away safely.
SecurityMembers are asked to strictly observe social distancing and cleanliness, reminding others, if necessary.  Also, to cautiously challenge any non-members on the course, particularly early morning and evening times.
Members’ guests,VisitorsVisitors are permitted to play Bellingham Golf Club, in 1,2,3 or 4 balls, providing the full payment is made online through the BRS link on the club website at www.bellinghamgolfclub.comWe are allocating a daily window of tee times bookable by visitors up to eight days in advance. The time window for visitors will be 9am-2pm on Tuesday Wednesday and Friday, 11.30am – 2pm on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and 11.00am to 12.00pm on Sunday.Members are also able to book these tee times up to 15 days in advance.Members are also permitted to bringing one guest per day at the £10 member guest fee. Members may play with their guest at any time during the day.
PaymentsAny payments for guests/buggies can now be made in the clubhouse, at the screens on the end of the bar, allowing for transactions to be completed in a socially responsible way.Where possible, we ask that all payments be made by card to avoid the handling of cash.Staff operating in the clubhouse and surrounding areas will wear gloves and masks at all times
StaffDaily staff will be operating essentially as front of house. As the clubhouse will only have golfers passing through without unnecessarily lingering, it is the duty of the staff to ensure all golfers play on time, buggies are handled and dealt with accordingly, and all other aspects of day to day golf operations are managed safely.
CompetitionsMen’s competitions are played from the White tees. Ladies competitions from the Red tees.Competitions will follow the current fixture list set out on the website. Captains Drive in is scheduled for Good Friday 2nd April at noon and an 18 hole stableford for ladies and gents will run in conjunction.Tee times for competitions must be booked on BRS prior to arriving at the Club to play.Blank scorecards must be collected in the foyer.Members must be signed into the competition by a member of Club Staff in the lounge and pay entry money before teeing off in the competition.To avoid using envelopes please pay all competition entries to club staff at the bar. Card payments for competitions are preferred, and for those unable to do so, we ask you to bring the correct amount of change. (£4 to £5 in change)There should be no exchange of scorecards between players. Having collected a scorecard from the foyer, please fill in your playing partner’s name and handicap on the card. Fill in the scorecard as you play the round and on completion of the round verbally check with your playing partner that you each agree with the totals. Sign the card in the section for marker signature It is acceptable to complete the card with only the marker signature on. You must only handle your playing partner’s card – they will be completing your card.Show the completed card to club staff at the bar and read the scores. Club staff will enter the score manually into the laptop without having to handle the card. Once the cards are checked over for signature, handicaps and score, players can then dispose of the cards into a bin by the bar.Golfers who complete their competition round after 6pm should post signed scorecards into the BOX next to the Clubhouse door. These cards will be gathered the next morning.We urge members to please use the hand sanitizers whenever possible. Club Staff will be handling all cash and cards with disposable gloves, and will be constantly wiping down the bar to disinfect the surface.Competition results are anticipated to be completed the following morning, with results published on the club website then. All sweep money will be worked out at least 5 days after the day of said competition, to minimise the risk of contact with COVID-19. Please do not come up asking for winnings until these 5 days have passed
Start TeeAlways start at the 1st tee.
RefreshmentsBring your own, take any rubbish home with you.
No sharingKeep to your own food, refreshments, tees, balls ….
Ball washers and rubbish binsOut of action, empty and covered.
No bunker rakesEngland Golf allows golfers to take preferred lies in bunkers – 6 inch distance. This enables club competitions to function for handicap purposes. Please smooth the sand with your feet on leaving the bunker – not before playing your shot
FlagsticksDo not touch or remove from hole.Plastic insert will stop your ball from going to bottom of the hole.
Lost ballsOne player to look, keep to 3 minute rule – social distancing.
Completion of roundMove away from the 18th green quickly and exit the site.No social gatherings / groups:  maintain social distancing at all times.

2021 Bellingham Golf Club Opens

All competitors must have a current handicap index and be a member of an England Golf Affiliated Golf Club.

Bookings are being taken for the following:-

Tuesday 18th May 2021                     Senior Men’s Open (Texas Scramble)-over 50

Friday 25th June 2021                        Senior Mixed Open (4BBB Stableford)-over 50

Thursday 22nd July 2021                   Senior Men’s Open (Teams)- over 50

Sunday 1st August  2021                    Men’s Open (4BBB Stableford)-over 18

Friday 6th August 2021                      Ladies Open (Teams)-over 18

Wednesday 1st September 2021        Senior Men’s Open (4BBB Stableford)- over 50

Sunday 12th September 2021             Mixed Open (4BBB Stableford) over 18

Please go to the new website for a link to Open entries or use the BRS app to make your booking, places are already starting to fill up

World Handicap System

In the members section of the new website is a sub section on WHS. There you can find information on:

  • The ‘My EG’ app from England Golf
  • Links to toolkits, videos and articles which explain how WHS will operate
  • Information on finding a link to the England Golf Privacy Policy should you have any concerns about how your data will be used.

Graham Wilson

Chairman

Bellingham Golf Club