Members Please make your way home after your round

Members are strongly advised to abide by our current COVID club rules below. We received a complaint this week from a concerned neighbour who took pictures of the above last Saturday. The last thing we want is the club to be closed so near to the end of the current restrictions.

Please also remember to stay local and go home straight after your round.

Current COVID HGC Rules

Firstly the club has a duty of care to ALL staff, ALL members and the wider community along with any visitor’s guests in the coming weeks and months ahead. It should be worth noting that it is a “Safety First Golf Second Policy”. This will hopefully minimise and manage as best we can any risk and allow our golfers to enjoy their golf as secure as possible.

It is your responsibility to ensure your own safety while at the Club. 


  • Access to the course will be limited to employees, members and member’s guests only & local visitors.
  • Priority will be given to the greens staff at all times.
  • Juniors will require to be accompanied by an adult at all times to ensure that they are able to leave immediately after play.
  • The course will open at 08.00. This is to allow the greens staff time to complete tasks before play commences.
  • If you play after 19.00, please form and orderly queue at the first tee, it is your personal responsibility to adhere to all social distancing requirements.
  • Members must:

o Not be displaying any Covid 19 symptoms

Not be categorised as vulnerable

Adhere to all temporary rules and regulations at all times

Adhere to Scottish Government guidelines on travel for outdoor     leisure and exercise.


  • Online booking will be required between 08.00 and 19.00. Booking a tee time in advance will be via the Hopeman GC website. If you have not got your username, contact Trevor. 
  • There will be NO “turn up and play” tee times available during Phase One
  • Tee times will be at 10 minute intervals.
  • Individuals may play on their own.
  • Four players consisting of multiple households are permitted so long as they adhere to the Government’s physical distancing rules.
  • It is important that all members have the opportunity to play and as such the booking of tee times will be monitored closely.   
  • Competition play is now active however Opens are cancelled until the MacArthur Gents Open on May 29th. 


  • Golf equipment should be washed before a player leaves home.
  • No toilet facilities are available on the course or at the clubhouse, members are encouraged to use their own facilities before leaving home.  


  • Other than Juniors, golfers should travel to the club alone, unless from the same household and arrive no more than 15 minutes before their allotted tee time.
  • Change shoes/attire in the car park as there is no access to the locker room.
  • No social gatherings in the car park or any other area either before or after play.
  • Personal Buggies / Single ride on buggies are permitted however they will only be available at AM tee times Tue – Sat and they must be booked in advance. Buggy users must clean the buggy with the wipes supplied before and after use.
  • Please adhere to all signage. 


  • Monday                      CLOSED
  • Tuesday                     9 – 3
  • Wednesday               9 – 3
  • Thursday                   9 – 3
  • Friday                         9 – 3
  • Saturday                    9 – 5.30
  • Sunday                      9 – 3
  • You can collect a score card from the shop during these hours, with a maximum of 1 person in at any time.


  • The clubhouse will remain closed, with no access to the locker/toilets. Please contact Trevor if you require access to remove clubs, however they must then be kept in your car or at home until further notice. 
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in the shop where a one way system is in place.


  • Arrive at the 1st tee no more than 5 minutes prior to the reserved tee time.


  • Golfers to keep 2 metres apart at teeing areas due the normal close proximity of golfers to one another when tee shots are being played. There will be no distance and tee markers on the tee.
  • BROKEN TEES Pick up and put in your pocket to be disposed of at home. Don’t leave lying around.
  • DO NOT retrieve a playing partner’s ball at any time.
  • Only handle your own golf ball. Any ‘lost’ balls on the course should be left where they are unless it is your own.
  • If you are caught up by following players STAND aside as soon as practical. DO NOT hold up the course.
  • If NOT playing 18 holes UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CUT OVER AT ANY POINT. Only play holes in rotation and walk in from wherever you finish.
  • Ball Washers are out of use. Players please take all litter home.
  • Once a hole is completed, the group in front must have exited the tee box before players can progress to the next hole.
  • Do not double back to play again if a ball is lost, unplayable, or in a penalty area
  • Players must not pick up another player’s equipment or golf ball.

Bunkers & Putting Greens

  • With no rakes allowed on the course, a reminder to make your very best efforts to smooth the sand using your club and/or your feet.
  • Preferred lies are available in the bunkers within a club length.
  • Golfers to keep 2 metres apart on the greens and not to touch the flagstick. 
  • DO NOT touch the flag poles. Cups will have an easy ball retrieval in the hole should it hit that and come out it is deemed as “holed”.


  • The Shoe Cleaning machine is unavailable for use.
  • Post-round, players must return straight to their cars after marking scorecards.
  • Players must call or email the golf club with any post-round health issues or COVID-19 related queries, at the earliest possible opportunity.


  • The Short Game area is available, with a maximum of 2 people in that area at any one time. One practice net will be available due to social distancing rules.
  • The putting green will be open with a maximum of TWO members practising at a time. The green should only be used immediately prior to teeing off.

We also received an email from MDC licensing this is part of the email below –

The premises is defined to include any area adjacent to the premises where seating is made available for customers of the business (whether or not by the business), or which its customers habitually use for consumption of food or drink served by the business. So customers cannot be allowed to remain in adjacent areas as the requirement is to not permit consumption of food or drink.

There is a further specific requirement to not consume alcohol in any public place, for this requirement a public place has been defined as any place to which the public has access whether for free or on payment. It does not matter whether alcohol is given away (so no sale), sold or if people bring their own. They cannot consume it. There is no exception for a consumption in a licensed area as there would be for a byelaw area.

Thanks for your attention.