Following guidance from England Golf please read the following carefully so you understand the changes we have made in order for golf to be enjoyed safely at The Vale Golf & Country Club. Last reviewed 15th July 2020
Whilst onsite please ensure social distancing is maintained at all times. Please also show the same courtesy to our staff, anyone seen to be disregarding social distancing guidelines will be asked to leave and will have their account suspended for two weeks.
** We advise all members to bring a pocket sanitiser should you need to touch anything whilst at the Club **
** Please note that as of the 24th July 2020 it is compulsory for all members and visitors to wear a face mask/covering within the building at all times. These should only be removed if you are eating or drinking whilst seated **
Booking your Tee-Time
All Tee Times must be booked online via the Members Area on our website.
Please be aware that you cannot just turn up to play.
Please be aware that if your membership has not been renewed, you will not be able to book a tee time.
Each of our three sections have a time allocated each week: Mens Section - Sunday 8.30am - 1pm: Ladies Section - Tuesday 8.30am - 12.30pm & Senior Section - Monday 8.30 - 1pm. Any tees booked within these times from outside the mentioned section will be deleted.
Arriving at the club
When arriving on site, please report to the Pro shop to check in. You will only be allowed access to the course if you have booked a tee time.
To access the Pro shop please use the access road between the clubhouse and driving range.
Please make sure you have read the rules and regulations regarding Covid-19. This is displayed on the proshop counter and below.
Changing rooms will be made available through the Pro shop. Please adhere to social distancing at all times.
When leaving the course, Lenches players can exit as normal. International players please walk along the access road and be mindful of any golfers arriving at the club. Please adhere to social distancing at all times.
Golf is permitted as a four-ball and can comprise of individuals from different households.
Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your tee time and report to the pro shop no earlier than 5 minutes before your tee time.
If you store your clubs in a locker then please take care when retrieving them and disinfect your hands at one of the hand sanitising stations.
Buggies will be available for hire for single use only or same household. The buggies will be disinfected each morning before use, there will
be six buggies available on a first come first served basis. Contactless payment will be available, no cash payments received at this time.
Please do not share clubs, tees or balls.
Please do not pick up stray balls on the course. Only handle your ball when playing your round.
Bunkers are in play and a player can place their ball.
Please do not touch the flag pole as we cannot guarantee these will be disinfected. We have installed inserts into the holes so the ball only
drops 1” so you can retrieve your ball without handling the flag.
Benches have been removed from the course and all ball washers are not available at this time.
The lids have been removed from the bins but where possible please take your rubbish home with you.
Try to maintain a reasonable speed of play. We would prefer to avoid the situation where players are calling other players through. Should this situation arise please maintain social distancing and play though as quickly as possible as we wish to avoid delays accumulating.
Upon request we can issue score cards. Please do not share score cards or pencils with your playing partner.
When finishing your round please leave the club as soon as possible to avoid social gatherings. Please do not be offended if one of our
Marshalls asks you to move on.
The Spike Bar
The seating in the Spike Bar has been placed to adhere to government guidelines on social distancing. It must not be re-arranged under any circumstances.
On entering each individual MUST firstly sanitise their hands with the Sanitiser provided, they MUST then sign into the track and trace log (this is a government requirement). If you are not comfortable providing your name and phone number together with the time you enter then DO NOT ENTER, track and trace is a legal requirement. Service will be refused should you not comply, you WILL be obliged to leave!
Should you wish to sit/ consume beverages on the patio areas you are not required to log in, however should you wish to enter or make a purchase from either bar THEN YOU MUST sign in. At all times inside or out social distancing MUST be maintained.
In order to limit transfer / cross contamination and hence protect both staff, members and visitors disposable glassware, cups, plates and cutlery are in use. Please clear your own tables, once you have finished. Menus are single use and can be thrown away after use.
The Spike Bar will open from 07:00 -16:00 Mon - Fri and 07:00 - 15:00 on Saturday & Sunday. The clubhouse will be closed and locked subject to demand on any day. It is therefore recommended that no personal items are left in the Club building at any time. The main menu is available daily from 12 noon until last order at 17:00 (20:00 on Thursdays). These operating times are constantly under review and may well change.
There is currently no intention to lock the main gates during the summer months, enabling twilight play through the summer. Twilight green fees can be paid for in the Spike Bar just £15 International & £10 Lenches for both guests & visitors, once the pro shop closes at 18:00 (currently).
The Pro Shop
From the 24th July facemasks must be worn in the Pro Shop as it is a retail facility. This includes when you are walking through to access the changing rooms.
Whilst in the pro shop please refrain from picking up any items unless you are intending to buy them.
The Pro shop is open from 7:00 - 18:00. Please check in for your tee time here.
The Driving Range
We have purchased a new range max ball machine with a digi card reader and a contactless card payment facility. If you have a digi card already, this will work in the machine. Otherwise you will be able to purchase balls using a debit or credit card. This will negate the need to buy and handle tokens which we feel lowers the risk of contracting Covid-19.
We have introduced a one-way system for entering and leaving the range. To enter the range, please use the main entrance at the centre of the
range. To leave, please use the exit next to the ball dispenser.
We have marked the floor leading up to the ball machine with 2m spaces so you will be able to safely queue for the ball dispenser. If there is
no one waiting ahead of you, please proceed down the steps.
Baskets will be santised every morning and left next to the ball machine. When leaving the driving range please leave your basket in the box
outside the range.
Our balls will be washed and disinfected every time we undertake a collection using the ball washer behind the dispenser.
The Practice Area & Putting Green
The practice area will be closed until further notice. We are making upgrades to include a new bunker and larger chipping area.
The putting area will be limited to 2 people, with a pre-booked tee time so that we can adhere to social distancing.
Our Membership Manager can be contacted on 01386 574052 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The membership office will be manned on a Monday and a Wednesday each week from 10.30 - 15.30.
Paperwork will be emailed to you and signed copies can be returned to the Pro Shop. Payments can be made on the phone with a card payment or by bacs transfer.
Upon renewing all members will receive 2 months extension on to their membership as a result of the government enforced closure between 24th March – 12th May. Should members not wish to renew with the club, then a 2 month extension will be added to their existing contract.
As a thank you for staying safe and supporting the club, all members renewing will also receive an additional month extension to their new contract.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unique and challenging time.
We hope you enjoy your golf again and welcome back to The Vale Golf & Country Club.