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    Crail Golfing Society Covid-19 Updates and Return Procedures


Conditions of Play, Update 13th April 2021

Safe Golf at Crail Golfing Society

Government & Governing Body Guidelines

The Scottish Government have prescribed how golf can be played and you can read their ‘Roadmap’ using the following link: Scottish Government Framework for Decision Making

Scottish Golf (the governing body for Golf in Scotland) has issued a document on how golf should resume safely and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section: Scottish Golf Guidance for Golf Clubs




Our Safe Golf Procedures

The following “Safe Golf Procedures” will be reviewed and revised regularly. Bookmark this page and check back regularly for future updates. These procedures are intended to provide members with comfort and confidence for their health and safety.


The Basics

1. Play Healthy: Do not risk exposing others to the virus if you have even the slightest feeling of illness or have had contact with another person who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with Covid-19 – please do not play.

2. Advance booking is mandatory, preferably online.

3. All player names must be included in your booking.

4. Members can play up to 5 times per week. Only 3 times can be booked in advance. Two further rounds can be arranged on the day of play if a tee time is vacant. See the Booking Online section later in this page for details on how to book your tee time online.

5. Mixed Households: Can be from up to four different households.

6. Players will be required to comply with the “rules on social distancing” throughout their round.

7. The first tee time each day will be 8:00am and the last tee time 7:00pm. Members must tee off on time and allow the correct time gap between each group to allow social distancing on the course. Teeing off outwith these hours is prohibited.

8. The clubhouse toilets and on-course toilets are open but please observe the limited occupancy rules.


Booking Golf

1. Advance booking is mandatory and preferably online. No play shall be permitted without a booking having been made online, or by phone. Playing without booking is strictly prohibited.

2. The names of all players must be provided for each booking.

Book Tee Times Online

As part of the phased return of golf we must maintain record for 6 weeks of all golfers using the facility which, although we hope never required, may be used to assist if contact tracing is necessary.  

1. Make sure you select the correct number of players for selected date, time and course.

2. Input names of all playing partners on each tee time. (Either type their name in field beside player 2, 3, 4 or use the drop down list.)

3. If at time of booking you have not arranged a playing partner, please edit your reservation online once partner(s) arranged or phone the office on 01333 450686 to amend.

4. If want to play on your own as a single player, input your name in player 1 and type Single Player Only in player 2 field.

5. If you are a single player and happy for another member to join you then input your name in player 1 and leave all other player fields empty.

6. Review the online booking email you receive on completion of booking and go back in and edit your reservation if required.

7. If your plans change or playing partner changes prior to play please edit your reservation online or phone 01333 450686 to amend.


Arrival & Preparation to Play

1. Players should travel to the club alone or with another member of the same household.

2. Parking: Please leave one full parking space between your car and the next parked car if it is possible to do so. When playing Balcomie, use the main clubhouse car park, including the area opposite the Pro Shop. When playing Craighead, use the overflow and driving range car parks.

3. The locker rooms are closed.

4. Members should arrive at the club ready to golf, changing shoes in the car park if required.

5. The driving range, putting greens and short game practice area can be used in advance of playing a round of golf.

6. The Pro Shop is closed.

7. Two buggies per day will be available for hire. 



Teeing Off & Playing Your Round

1. Play must start from the first tee of both courses and be continuous i.e. playing holes in the correct order (even if playing less than 18 holes). No cutting in will be allowed in any circumstances and players shall not join up during a round.

2. Social distancing is vital on the course, remember two metre gaps on the tees, walking to your ball, searching for a ball, playing your shot and on the greens. On reaching the green allow the member furthest from the hole to putt out completely. Do not touch the flagstick at all. Make sure the game in front has cleared the next tee before proceeding to the next hole. Please be courteous with speed of play. Make sure you have enough tees, balls, food and water to last your round. DO NOT share these. Do not touch a ball which is not yours.

5. Bunkers are to be considered ‘Ground Under Repair’. There are no bunker rakes and players should smooth the sand with a club or their shoes.

6. There are no benches, yardage posts, shoe cleaners or ball washers and the drinking fountains are out of use.

7. Bins have been removed. Please put your own rubbish, broken tees etc into your golf bag for disposal at home after the round.

8. Ball retrieval shall not involve the touching of the cup or flagstick. Flagsticks shall not be removed.

9. Hand sanitisers will be available on the first tee and at other parts of the courses but we would respectfully ask if you could bring your own if possible and use regularly during your round as required.

11. Please be aware of walkers, in particular when playing Balcomie, as there may well be more people out walking than normal, remember your social distancing.


Completing Your Round

1. On finishing your round, no handshakes, please maintain a two metre distance and leave the green in a timely manner.

2. Remember on leaving the 18th green on Craighead golfers may be approaching to start on the first, again remember the 2-metre gap. Please return to your car, pack up and leave the premises as car parking spaces with gaps must try to be maintained.



Q. Are the locker rooms and trolley store closed?

A.2 Yes, but members can make arrangements with the office for access to retrieve equipment. Thereafter they must remove their equipment from site and store at home.

Q.3 How will key workers obtain priority booking?

A.3 Key workers shall be offered a limited number of tee times and be able to book up to 14 days in advance.

Q.4 Why can’t I tee off before 8.0am, or after 7:00pm?

A.4 To give the reduced greenkeeping staff time to prepare the courses while maintaining social distancing and complying with all the regulations and to ensure that the tee sheet can be properly administered.



Re-opening the golf courses will be more complicated than closing them down. Trusting each other will be vital as well as recognising that every decision we make as individuals will have an impact on our collective wellbeing.

Golf can be played safely but only if everyone follows the above guidelines at all times, especially maintaining strict adherence to social/physical distancing. Please be mindful of your surroundings, staff and other members as we try to re-introduce golf back into our lives.

A very warm welcome back.

Please make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly for future updates.