Filey Golf Club – House Update – 13th May 2021.
The bar and restaurant will be open on Monday 17th May, with Covid restrictions in place. We are very pleased to inform you that Benjamin Fordyce (Ben) has been appointed as our new bar steward.
We are installing new equipment in the cellar which will improve the quality of our beer and reduce waste. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts this work could not be completed during lock down, therefore there will be limited bar sales on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th June. We are constantly looking at all aspects of club spend in an effort to ensure that we get best value for our money and will continue to do so.
Our Clubhouse is now 20 years old and is in need of refurbishment. We have engaged the services of an interior designer to give us some ideas on curtains carpets and décor. We will let you all have a look at our proposals in the future. (This may cause some disruption within the club house later on in the year.)
Our planning application for under cover practice facilities, balcony stairs, new on-course toilets and viewing platform, has now been accepted by Scarborough Borough Council, so we should have a decision, hopefully, within 8 weeks. If successful, everything is in place to start work immediately.
England Golf Update – 11th May 2021.
England Golf has confirmed the ‘Play Safe Stay Safe’ framework which will be in place from 17 May.
Updated guidelines include details regarding spectators and conducting Committee Meetings and AGMs.
You can find these documents and a downloadable timeline for the easing of restrictions on our
Play Safe Page Here.
Filey Golf Club Update – 6th April 2021.
Filey Golf Club will operate as follows on
Monday 12th April :
The Golf shop will re-open.
The main practice facility will open using range balls only.
Food and Drink will be served as a take-away only and may be consumed on the outside patio area adjacent to the clubhouse.
(Logistics does not allow us to open the bar for the serving of alcohol.)
Locker rooms may re-open for storage and changing.
Please, however, be mindful of the Rule of 6 and continue to social distance.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping everyone safe.
Update from England Golf : Play Safe Timeline: 29th March 2021.
A timeline for the Government’s road to return applicable to golf clubs and players.
CLICK THE PLAY SAFE STAY SAFE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE TIMELINE.
Update from England Golf : 22nd February 2021.
England Golf and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf respond to the government’s roadmap announcement.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STATEMENT:
Update from England Golf : 15th February 2021.
An open letter to the PM: Golf can safely help in first phase of recovery plan.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LETTER:
Update from England Golf : 4th January 2021.
Covid-19 Update: Golf courses and facilities must close with immediate effect.
The UK Government has announced a complete lockdown of England with immediate effect.
This means everyone must work from home where possible, except for critical workers, and it will supersede all local restrictions currently in place.
Golf clubs, golf facilities – both indoor and outdoor – and driving ranges will be required to close during this full lockdown. As such, coaching will not be permitted.
Golf retailers will be able to operate a click-and-collect service where goods are pre-ordered and either collected off the premises or delivered.
England Golf – as part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf along with other leading industry bodies – is extremely disappointed with the news, having made a strong case in recent months to keep golf open during the national lockdowns and in the regional tier system.
It is with great regret that we share this news with you, but please be assured that we will continue to make the case for golf to reopen whenever possible.
The England Golf website and social channels are regularly updated and we will communicate any new information as soon as it is available.
Full UK government guidance and details of the national lockdown in England can be found here
*The All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) consists of MPs and Peers from any political party working with industry bodies to provide direction for golf during the COVID-19 crisis. The group is chaired by Craig Tracey (MP for North Warwickshire), with the industry represented by the following organisations: American Golf; The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf
Update from the Golf Club : 31st December 2020.
We have now moved into Tier 3, as a result please find below some of the rules laid down by the Government and England Golf, full Play Safe Stay Safe information is displayed in the alleyway of club.
• Rule of six outdoors – No mixing of households indoors.
• Playing of Golf – Four-balls permitted – Tee times must be pre-booked.
• Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar closed – Golf Shop open 7.45 am to 1.00 pm.
• In all tiers, locker rooms are open for the storage of golf clubs only, in allocated personal lockers. Players should still arrive changed for play and refrain from showering or changing in locker rooms.
YOU MUST NOT USE LOCKER ROOMS TO CHANGE ANY ATTIRE.
• Toilets and wash-hand basins in locker rooms may remain in use.
• Face coverings must be worn by staff, golfers and visitors in all public indoor areas of the club/ facility, as well as in Pro’s Shops. There are some exemptions to wearing face coverings including children under the age of 11 and those with certain disabilities (refer to government guidance to ensure compliance.)
• Clubs/facilities to have procedures in place to ensure social distancing requirements in the area of the professional’s shop or starter’s building in advance of golfers teeing off.
• It is a decision for facility managers whether or not they hire out equipment. Where they are hired, individuals can use trollies. These should not be shared.
Two members of the same household may share buggies but otherwise they should be used by individuals only.
• Clubs/facilities to have procedures in place for the practice putting green, for example giving priority of use to the players in the next group due to tee off.
Michael D Atkinson
for and on behalf of the Committee of Filey Golf Club
Update from England Golf: 27th November 2020.
The UK Government has confirmed that golf courses may reopen all across England on Wednesday 2 December.
Our ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe protocols for playing the game have now been revised and should once again be adopted by all affiliated golf clubs.
Please continue to check our social media channels and website for all the latest updates on golf and the Covid-19 situation.
Clubs/facilities should adhere to the guidelines provided.
These have been published to assist clubs/facilities in providing as safe an environment as they can. Failure to follow this guidance may leave clubs/facilities open to enforcement action from local authorities and/or Police, or subject to disciplinary procedures from England Golf.
Guidance may require to be re-issued as government measures to combat COVID-19 are reviewed and updated.
Update : 4th November 2020.
Letter from Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO, England Golf:
England Golf Chief Executive Jeremy Tomlinson has confirmed the news that, despite intense lobbying to government, increased national lockdown measures will force the closure of golf clubs and facilities from tomorrow.
A letter has now been sent to all affiliated clubs and facilities to inform them of the fact.
The full letter and a statement from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) is published here:
LETTER TO ALL CLUBS AND FACILITIES:
It is with a feeling of deep regret that we must now inform all affiliated golf clubs and driving ranges that they should prepare to close from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
Pending a vote today in the House of Commons, the UK government has confirmed these closures are required as part of increased national lockdown measures designed to suppress the spread of Covid-19, save lives and protect the NHS.
England Golf, as the governing body for the amateur game and alongside our colleagues in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, respectfully, but vigorously challenged government to argue the case for golf courses to remain open.
As an open-air sport played by limited numbers in a vast outdoor setting which naturally lends itself to social distancing, we lobbied that golf should continue to be played in accordance with our government-approved ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ framework.
With the Prime Minister actively encouraging family households and up to two individuals from different households to exercise in the open air without limit, we strongly believe that golf courses should have remained open as an extension to recreation even if it was necessary to close clubhouses and professional shops.
Participants would have been able to enjoy the obvious physical rewards of playing the game, but perhaps more importantly, the benefits to their mental health at a time of disruption to normal life.
The government engaged in detailed conversation, but has decided not to amend its original guidance and we would ask all clubs and golfers to respect the legislation that is set to come into force overnight.
England Golf staff remain available to support golfers, clubs and counties throughout this period of temporary closure.
We will signpost to relevant information and government advice where we can and as quickly as possible with the help of our Club Support Officer network.
We will also maintain an open line of communication with government in a bid to allow courses and facilities to re-open at the earliest opportunity.
Please continue to check our social media channels and website for all the latest updates on golf and the Covid-19 situation.
I’m proud of the incredible support golf has received from so many quarters in the last few days – a sure sign of how much our game means to so many people in the country.
We will spend the next four weeks strengthening our network and building on this fantastic momentum to make sure that golf is never again in the position of having to close its doors when it can do so much to help support the country’s route out of the pandemic.
Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO England Golf
Update : 4th November 2020.
Closure of Filey Golf Club.
Due to the Government Lockdown, Filey Golf Club will be closed from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December.
Update : 3rd November 2020 from England Golf.
England Golf signs letter to Prime Minister urging a rethink on course closures.
England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson is a signatory on a letter to the Prime Minister which makes a compelling case for golf courses to be allowed to stay open during the second national lockdown.
Craig Tracey MP – the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf – has written to Boris Johnson on behalf of England Golf, the PGA, The R&A, BIGGA and other leading groups from the golf industry.
In the letter, it is argued that golf courses should stay open from Thursday as an extension of recreation due to the benefits it provides for physical and, perhaps more importantly, mental health.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LETTER.
Update : 1st November 2020 from England Golf.
CEO’s letter to golfers:
‘Challenging hard for all the right reasons.’
Dear fellow golfers,
Having digested the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation on Saturday night and read the guidance which followed, there is an element of confusion around the government’s stated intention to close down golf courses and facilities from Thursday 5 November.
As a result of this, and with the health of the nation very much at the heart of my thinking, I would like to make clear England Golf’s intention to respectfully challenge the government’s rationale for closing golf courses.
We will do so utilising all in our network – MPs, colleagues, media and friends – to make sure we are heard by government.
Listening to the Prime Minister, the news that he is actively encouraging safe and responsible outdoor exercise for households or two individuals pointed to our great game of golf being at the heart of this policy.
The guidance which followed stating that golf courses were on a list of venues which should close, therefore, appeared contradictory and came out of the blue.
At no point was England Golf – as the governing body for the amateur game of golf in this country – consulted about this decision.
Of course, we fully recognise and accept the need to suppress the virus to save lives and protect the NHS.
Throughout the pandemic England Golf has endeavoured to act with authority, knowledge, understanding and extreme diligence. At all times we have placed the health and wellbeing of our communities as a priority.
For this and many reasons, it is our sincere belief that it is now counter-productive to shut down a healthy pursuit which naturally lends itself to social distancing and is played in a Covid-secure manner in the open air.
Golf returned on 13 May this year following the first national lockdown as an extension of outdoor recreation.
We achieved this after presenting a unified golf industry (All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf) strategy paper that not only outlined a “return to play” roadmap beyond reproach, but which was heralded as best practice for many other sports to reference!
Our (England Golf’s) ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ guidance was endorsed by government, adopted by golf clubs and is now ingrained in the minds of all golfers.
With safe and responsible exercising being encouraged by government during the second period of national lockdown, it seems incongruous to call for golf courses to now close.
Golf is widely acknowledged as a game which is good for the body and soul, with outstanding research reiterating its benefits for the older generation recently shared by The R&A.
But even without a research paper, the physical benefits of exercising in the open air are obvious and known to all.
In the current situation, the psychological gains from being able to enjoy a social and safe form of outdoor activity, enjoying a temporary release from the pressures of everyday life probably outweigh the physical.
I’m aware from the numbers who have signed a national petition that a great many golfers around the country share this belief.
To be clear, I was also very happy to sign this petition.
Alongside our colleagues in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) we will pro-actively continue dialogue with government challenging the current position hard, but with great reason, to allow golf courses to remain open for play (in some format) from Thursday.
I truly believe this would not, in any way, undermine the huge public health efforts that are going on in the country during these times.
Golf, in fact, can help us get through this terrible pandemic and be stronger for it once we emerge on the other side.
I wish good health to you and your families. Please continue to stay safe.
Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO England Golf
Update : 31st October 2020 from England Golf.
The UK Government has this evening (31 October) announced a one-month lockdown of England, starting on Thursday 5 November and running until 2 December.
These new measures will see the closure of pubs, restaurants and non-essential retail.
People can continue to exercise for unlimited periods outdoors, either with people from their own households or on a one-to-one basis with one person from another household.
England Golf is working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf to study the detail, and to establish the exact restrictions on golf clubs and their facilities as the information becomes available.
We will communicate definitive guidance once received from government.
Please continue to consult our social media channels and the England Golf website for all updates via our dedicated coronavirus news pages. This includes our FAQs document which will be reviewed and refreshed at the earliest opportunity.
Our best wishes to you and your families. Please stay safe and well.
Jeremy Tomlinson, England Golf CEO
Update : 11th SEPTEMBER 2020
Update to social distancing guidelines following government announcement.
Playing the game: From Monday 14 September, competitive and social golf can continue to be played in accordance with our existing ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ guidelines provided on-course groupings do not exceed the new legal limit of six people.
Clubhouses: Clubhouses may continue to accommodate multiple social groups provided each individual group is no larger than six people. Individual groups should not join up with others to form gatherings of more than six people and everyone must continue to follow government regulations on social distancing and sanitisation.
NB – Society and team event organisers should take special care to ensure different groups of up to six people from within their party do not merge to form larger groups before, during or after a round. Travel to and from golf venues should continue to be in accordance with government regulations.
We are awaiting further clarification on how the new rulings affect coaching groups and will provide an update when available.
UPDATE – 5th AUGUST 2020
Mrs Williams’/Joint Presidents’/Captain’s Fun Day.
(8th & 9th August)
Unfortunately, due to restrictions because of Covid-19, and much to the disappointment of the Lady President, President and Captain, it will not be possible to have a formal presentation of prizes for this coming weekend’s events.
The results will, however, be announced as soon as possible after the competitions have finished. Any Cash prizes will be credited to accounts in the usual way, other prizes can be collected from the shop.
We hope the weekend is well supported and hope everyone enjoys it.
On behalf of the Captain, Lady President and President.
IMPORTANT CLUB UPDATE : 24th JULY 2020.
From Friday 24 July it is mandatory for customers to wear a face covering inside a shop.
THIS WILL APPLY INSIDE STAND-ALONE PROFESSIONAL SHOPS WHERE A FINE OF UP TO £100 MAY BE IMPOSED ON ANYONE BREAKING THIS RULE.
There are some exemptions to wearing face coverings including children under the age of 11 and those with certain disabilities – please refer to government guidance.
Saturday 25th July – locker rooms may be open for storage of golf clubs in allocated personal lockers. Players should still arrive changed for play and refrain from showering or changing in locker rooms.
TROLLEY SHED – We have also decided to open up the trolley shed with a policy of one person in this area at any one time.
SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES HAVE NOT ALTERED! YOU MUST STILL MAINTAIN 2 METRES BEFORE DURING AND AFTER PLAY AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE.
We would urge the membership/visitors to adhere to these government instructions for the safety of all.
21st JULY – ENGLAND GOLF’S LATEST PLAY SAFE STAY SAFE
FRAMEWORK FOR PLAYING GOLF
4th JULY – CATERING SERVICES AND BAR FACILITIES OPEN.
15th JUNE – COURSE OPEN TO VISITORS.
1st JUNE 2020 – THREE AND FOUR BALLS NOW PERMITTED.
COURSE RE-OPENS FOR MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY 13th MAY.
ONLINE BOOKING IS COMPULSORY.
BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE UP TO 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE.
PLEASE OBSERVE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ THE CLUB COVID-19 GUIDELINES.
CLICK HERE FOR FILEY GOLF CLUB COVID-19 PLAY SAFE GUIDELINES
ENGLAND GOLF FAQ’S
Further updates will be notified as, and when, available.
NHS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE
GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WEBSITE
THE GOLF INDUSTRY GUIDELINES TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)