The Vale Golf & Country Club

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 22nd May 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 sanitizer should you need to touch anything whilst at the Club **

Booking your Tee-Time

All Tee Times must be booked online via the Members Area on our website.

Tee times will be available as below:

International from 7:30 – 17:00 daily. The tee times from 15:00 will be for 9 holes rather than the full 18 holes.

Lenches, open from Monday 18th May, 7:30 - 17:30 daily.

Once a member books a tee time there will be a 12 hour limit before they can reserve another tee time.

Please be aware that you cannot just turn up to play. A Marshall will be controlling traffic flow into the car park and you will need a tee time to enter.

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 proshop to check in. You will only be allowed access to the course if you have booked a tee time.

To access the proshop 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 proshop. 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.

Playing Golf

Golf is permitted for single play or two-balls and can comprise of individuals from different households.

Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your tee time and report to the second Marshall no earlier than 5 minutes before your tee time.

The clubhouse and changing rooms will remain closed. Therefore please change into your golf shoes in your car.

If you store your clubs in a locker then please take care when retrieving them and disinfect your hands at one of the hand sanitizing 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 will remain GUR and not be racked or maintained. Once restrictions are softened further we will bring bunkers back into play.

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. However
this may be the case if a single player is playing behind a pair. 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.

Please note that as the clubhouse is closed, our insurers have specified that we have to secure the site every evening. Therefore the course
will be closed from 18:00 and the car park locked. Please can you ensure you have left before this time.

The Pro Shop

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-bookedtee time so that we can adhere to social distancing.

The Clubhouse

The clubhouse will remain closed. Until we are given further guidance by England Golf the clubhouse will remain closed in
order to protect our staff and members from being in close proximity to each other.

Membership renewals

Due to the clubhouse being closed, the membership office will be unavailable.

Membership renewals can be made by contacting Maddie on 01386 574052 or Paperwork will be emailed to you and signed copies can be returned to the Marshalls. Payments can be made on the phone with a card payment or by bacs transfer. The Marshalls will be unable to process any
renewals so please renew your membership before attending the club. 

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.

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