Jaydrian Moolman from Tzaneen Country Club was one of the first junior players to head to the fairways on Saturday for a round of golf since the lock down has started.

Golf players, caddies and employees from golf clubs around the country were overjoyed at the announcement by the national department of Sports, Arts and Culture on Friday afternoon the 12th of June, that it was “safe” to operate again.

Eric Raphatsa was one of the caddies that were happy to be back at Tzaneen Country Club on Saturday. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

It was hardly surprising to see many players from the Tzaneen area arriving at Tzaneen Country Club on Saturday morning to finally get back into the swing of things.

Jeaneth Sebola and Johanna Senyolo, employees at Tzaneen Country Club, said they are extremely glad to be back at work.

Strange additions to the sport included the numerous hand sanitisers, face masks and the temperature metering of players at the country club’s Pro Shop. Tzaneen Country Club has been ready before Friday’s announcement and was waiting in anticipation on the department to give the go ahead.

Belinda Showa, the Pro Shop attendant at Tzaneen Country Club, administer temperature screening on one of the club’s affiliated players, Jan Viljoen.

According to Tzaneen Country Club’s management, the golf club will be operational seven days a week, albeit only for affiliated club players. Avid golfers must be affiliated members of any golf club in South Africa to be able to play. Non-members are encouraged to become affiliated members at any given time.

Competition golf will be out of the equation for now due to Covid-19 lockdown rules relating the prohibiting of certain gatherings, like prize giving functions. Golf players thus must be content on playing social golf for the foreseeable future.

Social distancing in golf is easier to maintain than probably any other sport. Jan Viljoen is busy reuniting with his clubs with fellow player Gideon Botha not far behind on the golf cart.

At least the players are glad to get back onto the lovely course of Tzaneen Country Club, especially the caddies and employees of the club whose livelihood depends on getting an income from the club’s activities.

The golf club’s kitchen is also fully operational, and players are encouraged to support this facility. As the players arrived on Saturday morning, armoured with their face masks along with the caddies, the players first had to fill in an indemnity form and underwent temperature screening in the Pro Shop before they could head out onto the fairways.

Golf players like Michelle Lind were again able to play again since the Covid-19 regulation prohibiting any sport taking place was lifted for golf on Friday by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Welcoming the players from behind a protective screen mounted onto the counter in the Pro Shop was attendant Belinda Chowa. She is responsible for the temperature screening of the players.

For more information or how to become an affiliated player at Tzaneen Country Club, persons can contact the office at 015 305 3102 or at 084 845 0000. The email address is info@tzaneencountryclub.co.za

Andrew Lind enjoyed some social golf with his wife, Michelle, and friends on Saturday at Tzaneen Country Club.

GolfRSA and various Golf bodies welcomed the efforts of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture that have allowed for the safe return of Golf.

The relevant golf associations in South Africa acknowledges and recognises that the safety of human life is of paramount importance. As a result, we sought to ensure compliance with unfolding regulations and directives.

Clubs need to have completed the Confirmation of Compliance Document and submitted it to GolfRSA before they were allowed for opening.

Tzaneen Country Club players like Chris Pyl did not need a second invitation to play a round of golon Saturday. This was after the ban on play has be lifted on Friday the 12th of June.

Over the past few weeks, GolfRSA has equipped all clubs with Risk Mitigation Strategies and training of Compliance Officers. In addition to this, GolfRSA has provided all facilities with a state-of-the-art Application that allows for the scanning and monitoring of all golfers and staff.



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