Golf Course Update: The Golf Course, Academy Course & Driving Range are open to Members Only. Pro Shop closed. Buggies & Trolleys allowed.
Please see below important updates and information for Members of Bowood Golf.
Bowood PGA Golf Course
Open from 7:30am daily.
Tee time bookings are available to book online from 7am daily.
Members are welcome to bring guests from Tuesday 13th April.
We do ask that you all consider our other members during this time so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy playing the course again. We anticipate an opening period with phenomenal demand for tee times and therefore request that everyone limits the number of tee times that they book to a maximum of four visits per week only, until further notice.
Going forward, we also ask that if you are able to play midweek, please do so and consider those still working, particularly our frontline keyworkers who may only be able to play on weekends.
Please note the Golden Gates will remain closed initially. We ask that members (and their guests) use the usual exit barrier on the A342 to access the car park. Please prepare at your car.
Half Way House
The Half Way House is open 9am – 4:30pm, for hot and cold snacks and drinks. Please note we are unable to accept cash.
The Academy Course
The PGA Academy Course is open from 7:30am daily.
The Driving Range is open from 7:00am through to 8:00pm. A one-way walking system has been created, we ask everyone to exit at the bottom of the range, placing their baskets in the area provided ready for cleaning.
All range card credit can be topped up by calling the pro shop during the hours of 8am – 4pm until the shop reopens. Tokens will also be available to purchase from the starters hut via debit or credit card only – we cannot accept cash at this time.
Please note: All range balls, baskets, and the keypad will be sanitised throughout the day. We ask everyone to sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provided on entry to the range, before using the keypad and on your departure.
The Pro Shop is undergoing an exciting renovation and therefore will remain closed at this time; we will be in touch soon to confirm the date of reopening. In the meantime, the golf team will be available to assist with any queries during the hours of 8am – 4pm by contacting 01249 823881 or email at email@example.com.
The Changing Rooms will remain closed until Monday 12th April. Use of the toilets will be on request; please speak to a member of the team in the Starters Hut or Halfway House.
The Brasserie Terrace will reopen (outside only) on Monday 12th April from 8am – 8pm.
Hot food will be served from 11am – 6pm.
The rule of six will apply (up to six people, or two separate households per table) as will social distancing rules.
Please wear a face covering when not seated and upon entering the clubhouse.
Table service only.
Please enter via the main golfers entrance.
Track & Trace: due to the latest Government guidance, every individual of a party will be required to check-in with the NHS app via the QR codes displayed OR give their details to us upon arrival. This is for people aged 16 and over.
An update from Handicap and Competition Secretary – Ross McMullan
I am sure you are all very keen to get out on the course after a long winter. I was up at the club this week to meet with Nicky and it looks fantastic Jaey and his team have been working hard and the new cards and tee furniture should be in place for the 29th March. Hopefully with the course reverting to its original intended design and the updating of HDID the frustrating anomalies that occurred in the resulting of competitions last year will no longer occur. I will be monitoring this closely to ensure any discrepancies are quickly corrected.
As you are all aware there have been some challenging times for golf over this past year not only with the pandemic but also the introduction of the new World Golfwide Handicap (WGH) system. We at Bowood PGA will always adhere to the guidelines issued in both respects by England Golf and you can view them on their website.
We as yet have not had a qualifying competition under the new WHS system and I am very keen to resolve this as soon as possible. Usually, at this time of year, we are in possession of our printed calendars and are able to see upcoming events and competitions.
I can assure you that the calendar has been formulated and is being printed with a full year’s events and competitions. In the meantime, I would like to share with you the upcoming events for April and May.
Hopefully, the printed calendars will be available soon and you will be able to plan your golfing season. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Yours in Golf,
Handicap and Competition Secretary
We have measured the course to enable us to conform to an international convention laid out in the World Handicap System which is now operating. Our hole length and 150yd measurements have all been made to the centre of green as part of this convention.
Previously the 150yd posts were measured to the front of green but we were unique in this regard. With the WHS now in effect, all references within this system refer to centre of green. We took this as a nudge to comply to the convention plus fall into line with the vast majority of other clubs and courses and move to centre of green.
As part of our club’s commitment to protecting the welfare of all of its members and visitors, the club has been working in conjunction with England Golf to achieve the SafeGolf accreditation. The SafeGolf accreditation process is designed to enable clubs to ensure they are delivering a safe environment for the sport to be played in.
As part of this process, we have updated our club safeguarding policies and we are required to share these with you. The policies can be found by clicking the below links and we strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with them.
We have also recruited a Club Welfare Officer, Jason Roberts, who is available to support you or discuss any concerns that you may have at any time. If you have any questions or you’d like to report a concern you can contact Jason by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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