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COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Alert # 7

Dear fellow members

You will be aware that the State Government has progressively relaxed COVID-19  restrictions over the past few weeks to the point where I am pleased to announce that the latest guidelines released have allowed us to re-commence serving alcohol at the golf club.

However, to provide this service we are required to observe a range of protocols which must be closely followed to protect the golf club, you the members and all our visitors.

Details of these requirements have been developed into a Safety Plan. They are not particularly onerous and are outlined below –

  • For now our licensed area will be limited to our southern deck which has a maximum capacity of 30 people.  You can be seated or stand but there is a preference that you are, and remain, seated. Furniture has been positioned to establish the required social distancing rules and should not be moved.
  • Please do not be offended if you are asked to wait when the maximum number of people on the deck area (30 people) has been reached at any one time.
  • Always adhere to physical distancing  (1.5m from others) unless you are members of a shared household. Please respect direction from staff if reminded of this requirement.
  • All members, guests and visitors wanting to drink and socialize on our deck must provide the following details:
    • name,
    • address,
    • phone number, and
    • time of entry.
  • Service point for alcohol will be at the doorway nearest the kitchen, accessed via the deck.
  • Payments to be card only – no cash.
  • No stubby coolers allowed.
  • The option to purchase a bottle of wine for sharing will not be available. Instead, wine will be sold on an individual basis, served in disposable glasses which can be re-used during your stay.
  • Staff will be cleaning tables after each group leaves so it would assist greatly if you can dispose of your empty bottles and cans in the relevant bins on your departure.
  • Opening hours for alcohol sales on the deck will be:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday- 1:30pm- 5:00pm
    • Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday-12:00pm-5:00pm.

These service arrangements have commenced and initially will be reviewed weekly to include the ongoing availability of staff/volunteers to maintain the service.

Note

Sale of takeaway alcohol is available to members and visitors from the golf shop from 10:00 am each day but at this stage it cannot be consumed on the deck.

No BYO alcohol is allowed at the Maleny Golf Club.

Summary

COVID-19 in Queensland is seemingly well under control at the moment but it remains a real risk in the broader community as readily evidenced by events over the past two weeks in Victoria.

Clearly therefore, while our social life at the golf club will virtually be back to normal with the above announcement, there is no space to lose respect for all the safety protocols, past and into the future, that have enabled us to reach this position.

We still have to be vigilant but in closing I want to thank everyone for the contribution and sacrifices you have made over these past 4-5 months and trust that we can all now enjoy this small luxury in life again we have earned.

With kind regards

Jeff Kruse

President

Recovery Shot Art Union – Results

Name

Ticket Number

Rod Shilkin

477

Tuck Thompson

097

Rona Matchplay

533

Andy Johnson

135

Mark Beaumont

277

Ernie Kruck

553

Penny Edwards

586

Tim Lattey

032

Doug Johnstone

085

Max Whitten

514

Roly & Kerry Neiper

256

 

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everybody for your support – a bit of fast selling before today’s comp saw the total raised to around $21,000.00 so an injection of over $10,000.00 into the club.

Maleny GC solves Coronavirus cart sharing dilemma

By Richard Owen

Maleny Golf Club has fitted its fleet of golf carts with innovative COVIDsafe partitions so golfers can share a ride with another player while complying with social distancing protocols.

Club Manager and PGA professional Wayne Perske said the partitions were made from inexpensive clear PVC plastic sheeting and were used simple low-tech fixings.

“Over the past couple of months we have permitted only one person to use a cart in response to Coronavirus social distancing requirements,” Mr Perske explained.

“Unfortunately, this resulted in a significant loss of potential income and additional wear and tear on the course and every golf club in the country is grappling with the same problem.”

The partitions were designed by one of the club’s members who is an upholsterer and reflect similar, but generally more expensive, approaches being adopted by golf clubs abroad.

Among the first golfers to try out one of Maleny’s “COVIDsafe” golf carts were recent visitors Michael Moore and Steve “Tubby Connors who were keen to promote the idea at their home of club Maroochy River.

Mr Perske said Maleny Golf Club was now sharing its design approach with other clubs looking for a quick,inexpensive solution and could also assist with manufacture if needed.

“Of course players sharing these carts must still adhere to all social distancing protocols while selecting clubs from their bags and use separate sand buckets to fill divots,” Mr Perske said.

Visitor patronage has soared over the past month since the world’s number 6-ranked golfer, Adam Scott used Instagram to live broadcast a 9-hole match-play round from Maleny with Mr Perske – a long-time friend.

Mr Perske said Adam’s generosity and patronage had given Maleny Golf Club a “massive credibility boost” which had put the course on the international golfing map.

Aussie golf icon launches Maleny course on global stage

By Richard Owen

Adam Scott, the world’s number 6-ranked golfer, launched Maleny’s golf course onto a global stage last Friday using his Instagram profile to live broadcast a 9-hole match-play round with good friend and club pro-manager Wayne Perske.

Billed as “Nine Holes with a Mate” Adam, 39, joked, chatted about strategy and answered questions posted on-line while riding solo in a cart during the 80-minute social media event viewed by thousands of fans around the world.

The 2013 Masters’ champ has been at home on the Sunshine Coast with his family during the pandemic lockdown away from tournament golf and welcomed Wayne’s recent invitation to play at Maleny’s 18-hole course.

Adam, who played the course beforehand with Wayne and son Billy, some other lucky juniors and his father Phil, said the charm and appeal of Maleny’s Par 68 golf course was that it was created and maintained by an army of volunteers.

“Maleny is a really fun story that I stumbled across through Wayne. The passion of the membership has given a real heartbeat to this club,” Adam said. “They deserve a lot of credit and I just want people to come and experience it with a game.”

The broadcast was Scott’s first attempt at livestreaming using Instagram and he has promised to use the platform to show off more “hidden gems” like Maleny on the Sunshine Coast where he grew up playing golf.

Wayne said Adam’s generosity and patronage had given Maleny Golf Club a “massive credibility boost” which had put the course on the international golfing map.

“It was a fantastic experience, not only for me, but for our golf club during these times when everyone’s doing it a bit tough with social distancing in place,” Wayne said after the match which the “Maleny Masters” duo squared.

“Australia’s doing a fantastic job because one thing we can all still do (almost everywhere) is get out and play some golf.”

Club President Jeff Kruse said the committee and membership had been overwhelmed by Adam’s Scott’s generosity as a result of his friendship with Wayne Perske.

“Adam is a true ambassador for the sport and a great Queenslander, and we can’t thank him enough for the boost he has provided during these difficult economic times,” he said.

“So many golf fans will now be motivated to add Maleny Golf Club’s course to their playing bucket list as a result of this unexpected but very welcome media exposure Adam has provided.”

To ensure Covid-19 social distancing protocols were observed the club urged members to watch the match at home online and asked Maleny police to be present while Adam was on the course. The assignment proved to be an enjoyable and trouble-free country outing for the officers on duty.

The course, serviced by a top-drawer maintenance facility, is comprised of two Par 5s, 10 Par 4s and 6 Par 3s featuring unique revetted greenside bunkering, Tiffdwarf Bermuda Grass greens and Kikuyu fairways within a peaceful, scenic hinterland setting.

Trailer for the video of full 9 holes: YouTube: 1m 41s Quick snippet

Link to Golf Australia for the video of the full 9 holes: Golf Australia page with 2 x 40 minute coverage

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