Coronavirus Update

Information will be posted here as it comes to hand


Murwillumbah Vets …

Re: Follow-up to motion of the Vets Committee Meeting 25th May 2020

It was determined that I (Captain, Gary Fidler) inform the Proshop and the Club Secretary Manager of the decision regarding Vets Competitions and the planned opening of the club.


In consultation with Lucas I informed him that we would avail ourselves of continuing vets comps from the first week in July if conditions remain on track.

He asked will we be following our program. I will advise him with due notice if there are any changes.

Secretary Manager

I conveyed to Gary Thatcher that we had decided to resume Vets comps in the first week of July 2020.

The advice was given with Wayne Kendrigan, Graham Rosenbaum and Graham Nelson also present just by pure coincidence. The club has a huge task in creating and complying with Covid -19 Safe Standards from ClubNSW and gives them an opportunity to get it right with all the complexities involved.

Planning opening Monday June 1st for 50 patrons, they were very happy with the co-ordination effort made to facilitate the consistent message of information and the easing in of the entering the club and operations of the bar under their total control.

As a heads up we may still not be able to have a presentation in July as this is the current advice of NSWGolf – to the club.

We will keep any changes to advices well informed so as to relay a consistent message to our members.


Gary Fidler

Vets Captain

cc All Committee Members; Murwillumbah Secretary Manager Gary Thatcher.

26 May 2020


The NSW State Government has officially gazette further easing of COVID-19 restrictions around outdoor gatherings.

The change from a maximum of numbers two to ten persons now allows the play of golf in groups of four from Friday, May 15, 2020.

NSW Govt. restrictions – 10 May 2020

Please note that clubhouse closure (except for the service of takeaway food and beverage) and social distancing requirements remain in place.

Golf NSW recommends that Clubs continue to implement modified playing conditions that reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by contact, that is, flags left in, no rakes in bunkers, no swapping of scorecards etc.



NSWVGA Response to CO-VID 19     

No 4 … 9 May 2020

While PM Scott Morrison’s report on his exit strategy out of lockdown on Friday 8 May 2020 gave some hope of sport returning to “normal” within the next three months, there needs to be several changes to the current restrictions in NSW before the NSWVGA Week of Golf Programme resumes.
These are: (in random order)
  • Caravan Parks will need to be fully operational.
  • Golf Clubs, (Club Houses) will need to be open and functioning to the point where they can accommodate the number of players expected at these events.
  • Golf Course staff should have time to prepare courses for visitors.
  • Golfers need to be able to play in groups of 4.
  • Travel will need to be unlimited, especially for over 70s.
Until these restrictions are eased to the point where CEOs and Boards of Directors of Golf Clubs are confident a Week of Golf event is safe and viable the Programme cannot resume. Therefore, NSWVGA Executive Council wishes to advise that until the current restrictions are lifted and Golf Clubs are prepared to accept Weeks of Golf, its position remains unchanged.
“All Weeks of Golf conducted under the auspices of NSWVGA are cancelled until 4 September or until further notice.” This decision will be reviewed should NSW Government ease restrictions.
In the meantime it is the hope of NSWVGA Executive Council that all members continue to follow the safe practices suggested by Dept of Health, keep exercising and enjoy the golf you are able to play.  
Stay safe and healthy.
Ian Vidler       President NSWVGA

Updated Golf Australia COVID-19 position

by Golf Australia … 17 April 2020

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Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community.

Combined with our enduring responsibility for our clubs, their staff and all Australian golfers, we remain comfortable that our position recommending that clubs close has been appropriate to this point.

But, acknowledging the long challenge that lies ahead of all Australians during this pandemic, we have been encouraged to see golf played in comparative safety in five states and one territory in recent weeks as we all adopt social distancing necessities.

Under strict and specific safety protocols – enforced by state and territory guidelines as well as individual club rules – Golf Australia is now satisfied that golf can be played at minimal risk. Having worked collaboratively with our clubs and other stakeholders, we are now comfortable to alter our position and encourage courses to open and for people to play.

As well as social distancing, these safety protocols include keeping gloves on and not touching hands with playing partners, not sharing carts, leaving flags in, reducing hole depth, greater times between groups, not exchanging cards, not using bunker rakes and maintaining personal hygiene.

The ability to play currently does not apply to those in Victoria and the Northern Territory where golf remains prohibited by those State and Territory governments. As ever, Golf Australia will continue constructive dialogue and advocacy for golfers with these governments.

It is important to note that Golf Australia may again alter our position depending on the changing requirements of governments (Federal, state and territory) as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds.

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Centre


Golf Australia

From Golf Australia … 2 April 2020


Many golf clubs around Australia have either re-opened, or are considering doing so, after recent state and territory-specific rulings or directives.

Golf Australia, while not wishing to act in a manner contrary to those specific rulings or directives, remains of the view that golf is a non-essential activity, a view which sits comfortably with the current Federal Government directive and rules to “stay at home” unless absolutely necessary.

Of course, Golf Australia is merely recommending that position to all clubs around Australia and ultimately we respect the right of the clubs to act in the way they see fit while complying with all social distancing requirements.

Golf Australia has adopted – and will continue to adopt – a prudent position of respecting and heeding Government advice on all matters pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recommendation we formulated around course closure was based on the position Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken and, at all times throughout this issue, Golf Australia has sought to provide the latest Federal and state advice for all golf clubs around the country.

That has proved an extremely difficult task given that various state positions have been constantly changing, almost on a daily basis. We apologise for any confusion that has caused, but we are sure you can understand these are unprecedented times in our country and, indeed, for our great game.

That so many people are passionate about the sport is a great sign of the game’s significance in our community and we are truly sympathetic to those who are desperate to once again walk the fairways, but we as the national governing body feel that in this time of crisis for so many in our community, it is best to be safe.

Furthermore, we strongly believe that unity, prudence and safety during this unprecedented crisis is the best way for us to assist with “flattening the curve” of Covid-19’s surge through the community and we believe that golf and our industry has a role to play in doing this.

Our recommendation to remain closed therefore remains the same – Australia and our community come first.

We yearn to see full fairways and clubhouses, but not as much as we desire our population to be fully healthy once again.

As always, Golf Australia remains on hand to offer clubs advice and support through these troubling times, regardless of whether or not they’ve chosen to open or close.

The most up-to-date information on all Australian golf matters pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic will be prominent at on the Golf Australia website. We implore all golfers to follow the State and Territory guidelines contained within this document.

We will endeavour to provide constant and relevant updates as soon as possible in this ever-changing landscape.

Above all, please stay safe.

Covid-19 … Advice from Golf NSW Golf NSW Logo

Reconsideration … Advising Golf is an activity of Exercise … 1 April 2020

Golf NSW Update to Golf Courses as a point of Exercise    

  • April 1, 2020

After reconsideration, the Office of Sport – NSW Government has advised that golf is considered an activity that can continue to be played in line with Public Health Orders relating to public gathering limits, social distancing, and the elderly.

The statement from the Office of Sport – NSW Government is as follows:

The NSW Office of Sport would like to clarify the advice that went out on Monday 30 March 2020.

As you know, there are now restrictions around public gatherings and rules around leaving your home. These new measures are in place to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. But it is important to note that people are allowed to leave their homes for the purpose of exercise.
For more information on the new restrictions, please visit

What does this mean for sport and active recreation organisations?
The NSW Government has issued guidelines allowing people to go outside and exercise. Any form of exercise is to be undertaken in compliance with the Public Health Orders, meaning that people must not participate in groups greater than two persons at any point in time. Therefore, individual sports such as golf and tennis can continue provided the Public Health Orders are complied with.

Maintaining the public’s physical and mental well-being is now as important as ever. Where possible, it is important sporting clubs and organisations continue to allow people to exercise, so long as social distancing is practised and rules around public gatherings of no more than two people are complied with.

We trust this information will help your organisation to make informed decisions.

Golf NSW understands and respects that it is ultimately a Club’s decision to open or remain closed, based on individual circumstances related to COVID-19.



Golf NSW … Covid – 19 … March 30, 2020

Last night the Prime Minister announced further restrictions in relation to social gatherings
and self-isolation of the elderly in an effort to reduce the spread of slow the spread of COVID-19.

Following advice from the NSW State Government and the NSW Office of Sport, it is Golf NSW’s recommendation that all golf courses in NSW close at midnight on March 30, 2020, until further notice.

We all understand the health benefits, both mental and physical our game provides, however the Government has listed the four reasons in which you may leave your home; for work, exercise, food, and for medical reasons.
Sadly, under the current restrictions, sport is considered non-essential and therefore not exempt. Action by authorities, including fines, could be imposed on people not adhering to these regulations – Golf NSW

Clubs are advised that golf course maintenance may continue as long as staff adhere strictly to social distancing requirements.

Further information will be communicated to clubs as it comes to hand.

The NSW stance is consistent with similar decisions being made in other States and Territories, with regular communications also being provided by Golf Australia.

From Golf NSW Web Site … 30 March 2020

30 Mar 2020 | Clubs & Facilities

Australian Golf Clubs advised to close

by Golf Australia Golf Australia

Golf Australia has advised all Australian golf clubs and facilities to close until further notice.

Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold said the recommendation was based on the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening (29 March) that limits outdoor gatherings to two persons or fewer.

The Prime Minister said all Australians should stay at home except for:

  • Shopping for essentials • Medical purposes • Exercise • Work and education, if you cannot work or learn remotely

Some Premiers and Chief Ministers have already supported this view and reinforced to their residents that this advice should be followed. It is expected that states/territories will all take this position in coming days.

Newbold said government messaging had been clear on what constituted exercise and while golf is used as exercise for many, it was clear golf did not fall within those parameters in the past 24 hours.

“Golf Australia acknowledges that some state and territory governments will provide additional information and we will keep you up to date as and when additional state and territory-based announcements are made so you are clear on the legalities of golf courses and their operations moving forward,” Newbold said.

“While this is a difficult time for the golf industry and wider society, Golf Australia is committed to working with clubs and facilities across the states and territories to ensure that we return a vibrant, strong industry.”

Golf Australia has also, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Turf Management Association, Golf NSW and Golf WA begun to lobby both Federal and state governments to ensure that – in the event of a further increase in restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – course staff will be able to continue to access clubs and facilities.

“We will keep you all up to date as to the status of these discussions, although it should be noted that as of now there are no further restrictions on current greenkeeping operations,” Newbold said.

Golf Australia

30 March 2020


Murwillumbah Vets – update 29-3-20

The moral dilemma is that the Australian Government is advocating if you don’t need to go out for essential services, then please stay at home. An essential service is you have a job!

Certain activities have been locked down because they can’t comply with social distancing.

Social distancing and hand washing are essential.

We are awaiting further instructions of the National Cabinet this evening Sunday 29th March 2020.

Monday 30th March 2 Person Ambrose is present on the time sheet.

The following weeks match 6th April is TBA  by the committee whether it will continue.

Playing conditions and or rules.

  • Social Distance 1.5m compulsory.
  • Do not congregate in groups.
  • One person per buggy.
  • Preferred lie in bunkers. No Rakes. Smooth with feet.
  • Avoid handling the flag leave in the hole.
  • Do not touch other peoples equipment including tees.
  • Do not swap cards but show both team’s / individual scores and confirm at end of round.
  • Leave cards in tray as indicated by pro shop.
  • Follow all instructions of pro shop.

We will collect all cards from the tray with gloved hands and record winners etc.

*** No presentation.

If you are unwell for any reason please stay at home.

We are in the statistical group as being most vulnerable.

Stay healthy everybody and be responsible.


Gary Fidler


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As at 24 March 2020 … 18.39
Latest Information … from Ray Kent – Secretary – NRVGA …

Good Afternoon Everyone

What a worrying time!

I would like to express my sincere wishes and thoughts that everyone will stay safe and healthy by adhering to the health directives, social distancing measures and isolation directives being given by Government announcements, Australian Government’s Department of Health and State Governments.

I have, and will continue to update our Northern Rivers Veteran Website –, as information needs to be disseminated. Please consult the Website and follow the links on the Menu Bar. As I update with posts, I will date and source these updates.

On Monday, NSWVGA, in a communique from President Ian Vidler, has taken the decision, in the spirit of the Government announcement of Sunday night, to suspend all Weeks of Golf held under the auspices of NSWVGA until further notice. It would be irresponsible, under the non-essential travel restrictions, to allow these events to continue when the health and welfare of members could be compromised.

In the coming months I urge all members and spouses/partners to closely follow Government announcements, observe the rules as defined, look after your personal hygiene and your health. There will be a time in the future when our programme can resume and I look forward to seeing and hearing of a full complement of veterans back playing golf.


Ian Vidler
President NSWVGA

On Tuesday, your NRVGA Executive followed the lead taken by NSWVGA, to suspend the NRVGA Veteran Open Day Program until further notice. Because, Club facilities are to remain CLOSED; Buggies would only be able to be ridden by ONE Player; Social Distancing would have to be enforced; and the fact that non-essential travel restrictions are now in place; and the fact that we are catering for that section of our community that are in the most vulnerable age group … we have taken this stance and taken the decision, having to be made by Veteran Clubs, out of their hands.

Please keep in mind, that this information is what has been related to us at this point in time. Meetings between the various Governing bodies, both Federal and States, and Health Organisations are being held and will provide further updates or amendments that will affect us and that, which we must follow.

Please disseminate this information to your members and ask them to visit the NRVGA Website for the latest UPDATES … … and Click on associated Buttons in Menu Bar.

Links that you might like to follow for more information are listed below.

Australian Government’s Department of Health …


Golf Australia …

World Health Organisation …

NSW Government …

Queensland Health …

Stay safe, Healthy and Look out for your Golfing Buddies

Ray Kent

As at 20 March 2020 …
Latest Information …

Social Distancing is now 4 Square Metres Radius

Today, 20 March 2020, the Prime Minister extended the distance around each person for indoor gatherings.

New restrictions on indoor public gatherings would require a four-square metre radius for every person, the Prime Minister has announced.

“So for example, if you’ve got a room, if you’ve got a premises, if you’ve got a meeting room or something like that, that’s 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room,” Scott Morrison said.

“That’s 2m by 2m.”

This situation is changing daily – even, hour by hour.
Please be guided by posts by Australian Government’s Department of Health 


Coronavirus   As at 19 March 2020 …

More information will be posted here as it comes to hand

At the moment the club is taking advice from Golf Australia.

The main points that apply (and impact on us as  Vets) are
Social Distancing
Washing of hands
100 max internal gatherings
Drinks from trays not hands.
Toileting facilities with soaps etc
Removal of practice green Flags
Touching of green pins with a gloved hand.
This situation is changing daily – even, hour by hour.
Please be guided by posts by Australian Government’s Department of Health