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Heathcote Golf Club closed temporarily

By Brayden May

HEATHCOTE Golf Club have announced they will be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after Golf Australia (GA) suggested all clubs across the state close from Sunday.

“As of Midnight Sunday March 29, Heathcote Golf Club Will be closed until further notice in line with Golf Australia's recent communication to clubs,” Heathcote Golf Club said in a Facebook post.

“It is GA’s recommendation that, based on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services directive issued as part of the Victorian Government’s Stage 2 restrictions regarding COVID-19, all Victorian golf clubs and facilities should close as soon as practicable until April 13.”

Golf Australia had informed their member clubs in a statement on Friday.

“As you are aware, COVID-19 or the coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates,” GA said.

“Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.

“It is Golf Australia’s recommendation that, based on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services directive issued as part of the Victorian Government’s Stage 2 restrictions regarding COVID-19, all golf clubs and facilities should close as soon as practicable until April 13

“The directive that prohibits social sports gatherings applies to golf clubs and facilities, which are classified as ‘recreational facilities’ under clause 5 of the directive. A copy of the directive is located here.

“While this is a difficult time for the golf industry and wider society, Golf Australia is committed to working with clubs and facilities across the state to ensure that we return a vibrant, strong industry.

“Golf Australia has also, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Turf Management Association, begun to lobby both Federal and State government to ensure that – in the event of a further increase in restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – course staff will be able to continue to access your facilities.

“We will keep you all up to date as to the status of these discussions, although it should be noted that as of now there are no further restrictions on current greenkeeping operations.

“This communication is Victorian specific and contains guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services.”