GOLF NEWS - South Africa's amateur golfers were given the thumbs up to tee off on the 13th of June. The welcome return of the beloved game was announced on Friday, 12 June and comes as a major relief to players and to golf courses crippled by the global pandemic.
At Pinnacle Point Estate, the excitement could not be contained as members and visitors alike returned to the pristine conditioned course to take in the sights and scenes of their "lockdown green light" maiden round.
The first tee off honours belonged to club members Leon Smith and Lars and Irina Jansson. Near perfect playing conditions seemed to affirm the players joyous return to the fairways and greens. The day's scores might have reflected a little bit of lockdown rust but a renewed love for the game was par none.
To comply with government regulations, golf courses had to complete and submit the Conformation of Compliance Document to the sport's governing body, GolfRSA.In a statement released on Friday, GolfRSA thanked the government for taking the decision to allow the sport back. "GolfRSA and the Golf bodies welcome the efforts of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture that have allowed for the safe return of golf," it read.
"The Golf bodies wish to thank the Minister, Director General and their team of staff for their commitment to helping Golf to begin exercise and training for members of a federation, agency, club or body.
"Golf acknowledges and recognises that the safety of human life is of paramount importance. We appreciate the challenge presented to government to ensure an appropriate response to the threats presented by the global coronavirus pandemic.
"As a result, we sought to ensure compliance with unfolding regulations and directives. Over the past few weeks, GolfRSA has equipped all clubs with Risk Mitigation Strategies and training of Compliance Officers. "In addition to this, GolfRSA has provided all facilities with a state-of-the-art application that allows for the scanning and monitoring of all golfers and staff.
"We wish to thank the golfing public and industry for their support of the collaborative process undertaken by the golf bodies."
Pinnacle Point Estate has equipped and trained their golf operations staff to ensure the safety of their players and personnel.
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