Par 5 Club Golf – to play or not to play? 

Dear P5C members,
In these uncertain and unprecedented times, many questions are raised about the appropriateness of running organized gatherings of golfers to club days.
As you can appreciate, there are so many things to consider, all the while, trying to do what’s safe, while offering members a respite from a distressing 24-hour news cycle. A bit of normalcy. A bit of fresh air. A bit of sunshine.
Members must consider what is right for them, and make their decision accordingly, whether to play or not play – in effect, whether or not to implement personal social distancing. What must NOT be encouraged is any form of ostracizing of people based on what decision an individual makes. While the government says it is still legally ok for you to walk around, go to café’s and businesses then it is a personal decision for you to make whether to walk or ride around a golf course, as long as you are practicing good social manners and guidelines, as set out in this memo and all over media everywhere.
We, as the managers of a social golf club, are of course concerned for all of our members during this crisis, even more so, being that the general demographic of our members might suggest a large percentage falling within the risk category, so this is a question you must be serious about for yourself.
We are also concerned for the health of the caddies and the various staff you encounter around the golf club and F&B.
To this end, we have decided to implement the following guidelines:
  1. Club days will run per our current schedule. However, moving forward we will implement any changes as required by the golf courses and/or by the Indonesian Govt.
  2. Conveners have agreed to continue to run comp’s where a suitable number of golfers have booked and show up. Conveners will be suitably safe about ‘touch’ points i.e. wear gloves/mask at check in and handling cash and scorecards.
  3. Committed bookings must be made per the whatsapp chat group – cutoff 2 hours prior to play, so we can decide whether the round will be convened or not. Groups will be allocated or arranged in advance, and are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines while on the course, and pre and post round.
  4. Golfers are encouraged to avoid ‘touch points’ with other players or caddies or the following –
    • high fives and hand shakes
    • touching or pulling the flag stick (caddies are generally wearing gloves, leave it to them)
    • rakes in the bunker
    • seriously consider F&B. Know what you are drinking from.
  1. Golfers are encouraged to hand sanitize or wash hands regularly.
  2. Even if you feel slightly ‘off colour’ – stay at home.
These guidelines are there to raise awareness and to continue to keep members safe during these extraordinary times.
We shall follow all guidelines and protocols set out by the Indonesian Govt, and keep you fully updated if and as they change.

Finally, look after your friends. Keep a check on each other and stay positive among all the doom and gloom and the people that spread fear. Isolate yourself from THEM!

We will be back, having golfing fun in the sun, cold Bintang’s and plenty of golfing banter and piss take, soon enough…..

Stay strong, healthy and well.

Pete Manuel
Chairman P5C
On behalf of Club Captains and Committee.