Members Update


Date: 4th August 2020

As most members would be aware, from Wednesday night 11:59pm, Regional Victoria will move to stage 3 restrictions. Over the past few days the club has monitored the Department of Health and Human Services website for relateable detail, we have also maintained contact with Golf and Bowls Australia. Although all of our questions have not been answered (specifically competition golf), we can not postpone a decision any longer. Despite this, we are satisfied that the below conditions will be compliant with the restrictions. Also, we plan to use the first week as a trial period and review it as more detail comes to hand.

Face Masks
Face Mask regulations are now in place, below is an excerpt from the Department of Health and Human Services website.
You must wear a face covering when you are leaving your home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. This means either a face mask or face shield. A face covering needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth. ( ).
Face Masks must be worn at the club at ALL TIMES, including during the participation of sport. Exemptions do apply, please see the above website for more information.

The only form of Lawn Bowls permitted will be pre-booked practice. There will be a maximum of 10 players per green with no more than 2 per rink and social distancing must be observed.
Importantly, you can not bowl unless you have booked in advance. Bookings can be made with the club office, Joy Ryan or Angela Boyd on the details below.
Club Office (Monday to Friday) 5156 6252 (extension 2)
    Joy Ryan            (Saturdays) 0438 171 121
    Angela Boyd         (Sundays) 0418 530 306

All time-sheets that were in place from Thursday August 6th onward have been DELETED.
Members will need to re book on the new time-sheets. These will be open for booking from 11am Wednesday August 5th

Group size: A maximum of 2 players per group is permitted.

Arrival: Do not arrive for you game more than 10 minutes prior to your tee time and leave directly after your game is complete.

Competitions: For the first week (Thursday August 6th to Wednesday August 12th) there will be no golf competitions. We will review this as more information comes to hand.

Time-sheets: All time-sheets for the first week will be single tee starts from the first tee.

Number of Holes: There will be no restriction on the number of holes you can play, 9 or 18 is acceptable.

Motorised Cart Hire: Golf carts can only be hired by a person who has a disability, is over
the age of 65, or who can demonstrate that they require one due to having special needs. Proof of these requirements may be requested.

Bar & Golf Shop The Bar will close, as will the option to be seated within the clubhouse.
The Golf shop will remain open primarily for reporting, starting and managing the bookings. There will also be takeaway food and drink services along with golf necessities on sale.
The clubhouse toilets will remain open.
Alcohol can not be served or brought onto the premises under any circumstance.

Driving Range: The golf driving range will be closed due to a condition relating to sharing and renting equipment.

Putting Green: The putting green will be closed to assist with maintaining the 2 people within 100 meters maximum condition.

Golf Coaching: PGA Members are permitted to deliver individual lessons provided social distancing practices are maintained and no hire/communal equipment is used (i.e. communal range balls are not permitted for use). For this reason, lessons will be conducted using the pupils own equipment and balls. For lesson bookings see below
Matt Portelli (Saturdays) 0474 696 486
Wayne Thomas (Tues-Thursd) 0422 830 587

Non Members: Green fee players and visitors will be able to play Monday, Friday and Sunday and at other times which do not restrict club members from playing. Green fee players and visitors must have a drivers licence address within the local area. Other booking conditions apply, contact the club office for further information.

Once again, we appreciate the patience and understanding of our membership, the support has been overwhelmingly positive.

Kind Regards,
Jeff Graham
On behalf of the Committee of Management
Bairnsdale Golf Club.

COVID-19 Update

3rd August 2020

From: General Manager Jeff Graham, Bairnsdale Golf Club.

Yesterday we sent correspondence relating to the COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions in Regional Victoria and advised we would provide more clarity and detail based on the Department of Health and Human Services (dhhs) advice. Unfortunately, the dhhs are yet to provide further detail which means we can not provide accurate conditions for golf course or bowls greens utilisations beyond Wednesday 11:59pm. Essentially, we know there will be changes to Golf and Bowls come Thursday morning, but at this stage we are not exactly certain what they will be. Whilst we have a good idea, we don’t want to provide instructions based on assumptions so we will wait until dhhs update their website. We have also made contact with our governing bodies who state they are yet to receive detail regarding the restrictions and are waiting before sending advice to clubs.

We sincerely apologise in advance for what looks like being short notice changes to Thursday and beyond.

One item that has been updated by dhhs is the policy change relating to wearing face masks.
Last week we sent an email with a copy of the conditions & exclusions for wearing face masks, one of which was the exclusion for participating in sport.
That has now been removed by dhhs.

If you attend the facility and participate in golf or bowls from this point onwards, masks MUST be worn whilst playing the sport.
More information relating to wearing face masks can be located here:

Thanks again for the understanding.

Jeff Graham
General Manager
Bairnsdale Golf Club

COVID-19 Update

8th July 2020

From: Committee of Management, Bairnsdale Golf Club.

Dear Members,
From midnight on Wednesday July 8th 2020, the Bairnsdale Golf and Bowls Club will be restricting access to the facility to anyone that has a residency status from a locked down shire. Those country members who are currently in the area must present in person to the club office before the close of business on Thursday July 9th to receive an exemption. The assessment of the residency status will be performed via the club's membership database and cross referenced to drivers licences (if need be). Visitor bookings will be disabled via the MiClub booking system which means visitors from regions not locked down will need to be booked directly (by phone) with the golf shop.
This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis and will be aligned with further directives from the State Government.

Bairnsdale Golf Club understand that this measure will be inconvenient for some members, but it has been introduced for good cause. In the meantime, please continue to comply with the social distancing guidelines and good hygiene practice measures that have allowed us to continue to operate without incident during this crisis period.

Thank you for your understanding.

Information taken from the DHS & Vic Gov websites

A return to Stay at Home restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020

Announcement made: 3.25pm, 7 July 2020

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

This decision was made in response to a significant increase in community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these areas.

This includes:
1. Banyule
2. Hume
3. Moreland
4. Bayside
5. Kingston
6. Mornington Peninsula
7. Boroondara
8. Knox
9. Nillumbik
10. Brimbank
11. Manningham
12. Port Phillip
13. Cardinia
14. Maribyrnong
15. Stonnington
16. Casey
17. Maroondah
18. Whitehorse
19. Darebin
20. Melbourne
21. Whittlesea
22. Frankston
23. Melton
24. Wyndham
25. Glen Eira
26. Monash
27. Yarra
28. Greater Dandenong
29. Moonee Valley
30. Yarra Ranges
31. Hobsons Bay
32. Mitchell Shire

If you live in one of these areas, there will once again only be 4 reasons to leave home:

Shopping for food and supplies
Medical care and caregiving
Exercise and recreation
Study and work – if you can’t do it from home

Can I stay at a holiday home or second property?

No. You must reside at your principal place of residence. We must all limit our movement in order to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

I live in Melbourne but I am currently on holidays - am I required to return home?

From 11:59pm on 8 July, if you normally live in Melbourne metropolitan area or the Shire of Mitchell but are on holidays elsewhere, you may continue that holiday.