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Covid – 19 – Level 3 Protocols

This club-specific guide to members of Mount Juliet is based on the “Protocol for the Re-introduction of Golf in the Republic of Ireland”, which has been prepared by the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland following extensive consultation with the relevant government departments and state agencies in the Republic of Ireland. Our guide aims to ensure that golf can be played safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic where public health measures permit such activity. As set out in the Protocol, golf was one of the first sports to be allowed to resume under the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, and there is a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.

To play our Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Championship Golf Course all golfers must:

  • Reside within the County of Kilkenny
  • Not have been out of the country in the past 14 days
  • Not be in self-isolation
  • Not be displaying any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have a pre-reserved tee time booked online or on the phone

Booking & Arrival

  • Booking a tee time in advance is compulsory – via the website, app, or phone
  • All golfers will be required to book online with the member tee sheet now opening 28 days in advance
  • Golfers are not to arrive at the Estate without a pre-booked tee time
  • Mount Juliet Estate will require all players to provide a phone number and email address to enable contact tracing
  • All golfers will be made aware of our measures prior to their visit through an automated booking confirmation received via email along with club notice boards, Clubnet App, and further signage
  • All players should have their own equipment washed before coming to Mount Juliet Estate to reduce any cross-contamination
  • Golfers are requested to travel to the Estate alone unless accompanied by a member of the same household
  • Observe social distancing at all times and please refrain from gathering in groups around the Estate
  • Our Toilet facilities will be available, however, we request all golfers to arrive correctly dressed for golf and shoes can be changed in the parking facilities where possible as changing facilities are closed.
  • Please visit the Golf Shop upon arrival to check-in and give your details
  • Ensure that you have sufficient numbers of golf balls, markers, and tees for your individual usage.

Check-in and Golf Shop Procedures

  • It is mandatory for all golfers to check in at the Golf Shop to allow us to be able to trace movements, if required, during and post round
  • Any play outside of the opening Golf Shop opening hours must be registered on the BRS App for tracing
  • Two-metre queue markings and a single Golf Shop entry/exit point are in All entry/exit will be through the main doors facing Hunters Yard
  • The service desk has a Perspex safety guard for the safety of golfers and Golf shop staff
  • We request all payments to be made on card or member card for product and entries
  • The Golf Shop is available for retail purchases
  • Scorecards are now available however, we strongly recommend the use of the Digital Scorecard on the Clubnet app for competitive golf. The Digital Scorecard is connected directly to our Handicap database.
  • A facial covering is to be worn at all times when in the Golf Shop and Clubhouse area as well as any crowded areas

Clubhouse and Amenities

  • Jack’s Bar will be open from Friday 4th December where bookings will be required in advance, the Golf Shop and Toilet facilities are  available –   Locker and Shower facilities will be closed
  • Toilets will have limited entry numbers and will be cleaned regularly
  • Sanitised Electric Trollies and Golf Carts are available for hire, subject to be pre-booked.
  • General pull trollies are now available from the Golf Shop only
  • Players must provide their own golf clubs. All trial equipment will be logged and sanitised between usage but must be returned after each round

The Golf Course

  • Groups are restricted to 4-balls at 10-minute intervals
  • The Academy is open daily for practice, between the hours of 8:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Putting greens are open with both greens limited to a maximum of 4 players at a time
  • Players practicing must observe social distancing, academy bays have been separated accordingly on the synthetic stretch only.
  • As per Golf Ireland Guidelines, we request only 15 minutes warm up at the Academy ahead of play.
  • Arrive at the 1st tee 5 minutes prior to the reserved tee time for rules of the day and competition guidelines
  • Mount Juliet Estate staff will assist with social distancing by monitoring the 1st tee and practice greens to ensure adherence to protocols and help avoid group gatherings. Social spacing signage identifies the 1st tee waiting areas in relation to distancing measures
  • If any player(s) are not following directions they will be asked to leave the course immediately
  • Tee off times strictly observed to ensure minimum 10-minute group spacing which will be monitored throughout the day
  • No caddies permitted with players unless from the same household and do not exceed 4 person group limit

During your Round

  • Physical distancing to be adhered to with close attention to be paid while on the tee boxes and greens
  • No more than 1 group on a tee box or green at any given time
  • Rubbish bins have been removed from the golf course so all rubbish should be taken with you upon leaving the Estate
  • All of our ball washers have been removed
  • All bunkers will remain in play but for competition golf we are using the temporary rule “When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may prefer the lie within six inches” the sand must not be smoothed before placing however we  request golfers to smooth markings over with their feet post shot as rakes have now been removed until further notice
  • All par 3 holes are now an advised call up hole to allow play to keep moving and not cause delays causing social distancing breaches
  • Flagsticks to remain in the hole and must not be touched
  • Our hole-cups have an insert that stops the ball from going to the bottom of the hole for easy removal of the ball without contact with any items
  • Please use your glove hand where possible when removing your ball from the hole cup and not a club head
  • Once a hole is completed, the group in front must have exited the tee box before players can progress to the next hole
  • Do not double back to play again if a ball is lost, unplayable, or in a penalty area, please play a provisional if in any doubt.
  • Do not loan players in your group your equipment or your supplies at any stage
  • All golfers must only touch their own equipment and not that of others including retrieval of golf balls and tees
  • No handshakes or other forms of contact at any stage
  • The 10th tee will be open for take-away light refreshments Friday – Sunday throughout the winter season.

Post Round 

  • Golfers are recommended to wash and sanitise their hands in the facilities provided post-round
  • For those not using our digital scorecard during club competitions, please email a picture of your scorecard to members@mountjuliet.ie by midnight of the competition day. We strongly request you use the app when possible for scoring so we can have competition scoring completed within 48 hours of the event where possible.
  • All players must return to their cars and avoid any other gatherings in the parking facilities.
  • We advise clubs and other equipment are cleaned thoroughly after use once home
  • Players must call or email the golf club with any post-round health issues or COVID-19 related queries, at the earliest possible opportunity to allow the authorities to perform full contact tracing on any given day

Ensuring the Safety of our Staff

Golf Shop Team

Please see measures ensuring the safety of our Golf Shop Team, along with the safety of the club members.

  • All staff are provided with PPE to wear on-site
  • Staff are comprehensively trained in the importance of hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • All hand sanitiser and cleaning solutions are provided at the check-in desk
  • There will only be one staff member present in the Golf Shop at any one time
  • Staff to always remain at least two metres from customers to ensure social distancing
  • All work areas and contact points are cleaned and sanitised regularly to provide maximum safety for all guests and staff

Greens Team

Green Keepers are scheduled work apart on the course for much of the time, with steps taken to minimise the risk of cross-contamination during their shift.

  • Morning briefings are temporarily postponed with instructions being delivered via the noticeboard
  • Staggered start and break times to avoid gatherings at any given time
  • Hand sanitisers provided for regular use on entry points
  • Disposable protective gloves are always worn or their individual work gloves
  • Face masks used when required
  • Utility vehicles limited to single person use at all times
  • All Green staff are to avoid gathering in any compounds and canteens
  • Machinery fully washed after use, including the disinfecting of controls and seating area