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                                                                                                            Club Update 08/6/2021 - See the "News" tabs for Centenary news updates


Following the latest announcement from the Scottish Government regarding Covid restrictions and their relaxation across the coming weeks and months across mainland Scotland, the club remains open as a place of exercise as below:


Players may use the course in up to 4balls, regardless of the number of households represented in the group. Online bookings are required for all play (see Competition tab for competition requirements) and the names of all players in the group must be recorded.


This is NOT yet a complete return to normality and the Covid protection protocols that have been part of our life for so long remain in place. Play is subject to the playing conditions in the document accessible through this linkSocial distancing and hygiene precautions are to be maintained at all times on all parts of the club property. Gatehouse GC will be guided by the SGL in our response to changes in restrictions and this message will be updated as the rules change.


The clubhouse is open as normal but the club requests that the changing facilities are used minimally. 

If possible, only one person at a time is to enter the clubhouse and social distancing must be maintained if more than one person is present.


Coaching news

As part of our activities for the Centenary Year, Callum McMillan is offering on-course coaching for members with no charge. The Committee would like to thank Callum for this offer and the other work that he is doing with the Junior Section. It is very much appreciated and we hope that we can encourage local juniors to take up the game and secure the future of Gatehouse GC.

If you would like to take up this offer, please contact Callum directly, using the details in this link. Click here.


NB - Local rule change

Following guidance from SGL, the local rule for bunker play at Gatehouse GC is that preferred lies are now in play for all bunkers. Players can play the ball as it lies or place within 6 inches (inside the bunker), no nearer the hole without penalty or take penalty relief for an unplayable lie in a bunker under Rule 19.3 . The bunker may not be smoothed before placing the ball and, as a courtesy to other players,  players should smooth the bunker as best they can after a shot using feet or a club, including footprints made when approaching the ball or leaving the hazard.  


Players are reminded that slow play is to be avoided at all times. The proper pace of play is just behind the group in front and not just ahead of the group behind. If you are holding players up then please invite them to play through. It is not for the group behind to ask. 


Due to the increased number of cars at the club because of high usage of the course, players are asked to park considerately in the car park to allow the maximum number of vehicles to be parked safely and remember that the tennis court users are also entitled to use the car park.


Gatehouse GC continues to accept visitors to the course. 


Gatehouse GC will not accept liability for any breaches to the Covid guidance and/or relevant legislation that take place prior to arrival at the club premises. Any questions, please contact the Gatehouse GC Covid Officer - Pete Haslam 07738865158.


Internal Club competitions will continue as per the Calendar on the Members Info tab unless further restrictions are applied in future.


A booked tee time is required for all play, as per the current SGL regulations and will remain a club requirement after restrictions are lifted as the impact of pre-booking on both the players and club is demonstrable and beneficial (lack of queuing for the tee, certainty over availability of  facilities, ability to plan events etc.). Medals and club competition trophy draws will be advertised on the fixture tab and the tee will be booked by the competition organiser.


The marker flag adjacent to the first green has been removed to avoid cross-contamination. Please wave as you leave the green for the second tee to indicate to players behind that the green is free.


In competition play, players should enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it). It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal verification should take place and your partner's score in the Marker score column on the card can help the Handicap Secretary in correcting the errors made by some members in completing their cards. Gatehouse Gents' competition cards to be put in the box at the clubhouse after signature by the player.


Players may centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, even when wearing  glove or using a towel (for example by using a club). The stabilising of the flagstick is allowed when another player putts (this may be desirable in windy conditions as the flagstick must remain in the hole at all times) when the flagstick may be leaning towards a player making a stroke.


There are inserts in the hole which prevent the ball from going to the base of the cup. Players should retrieve their ball without removing the flag. A ball that comes to rest against the flagstick with any part of it below the level of the green is deemed to have been holed.


The playing conditions, that must be adhered to regarding social distancing, access to the course etc. are still applicable and compliance is not optional. Please note that online bookings must contain the names of all players in the group, as it is still a requirement of remaining open that we maintain a record of all people on the course at all times to assist test and trace if necessary. 


Non-competition tee times must be booked through the link here : Tee time booking. NB The booking system layout has changed and it will only display available tee times for any day, instead of colouring out booked times.


All players must conform to these rules and anybody flouting the rules will be asked to leave the course. Ignorance of these rules is no excuse. They apply to you, me, and every other user of the course.


The course is looking splendid and is a credit to the workers who have put in so much time and effort into ensuring that our club has survived this crisis thus far. 


Gatehouse GC members would like to express their gratitude to all those people working to keep us safe at this time, especially those in the frontline of the NHS. We would also like to thank everybody working behind the scenes to support those in the spotlight, Gatehouse Community Council, those working in the local shops to keep us supplied with food the delivery drivers keeping shops and businesses supplied with essential goods and also the postal staff and council workers who are keeping us in touch and maintaining our community in as normal a fashion as possible.


                                                                     To all of you and any I may have missed, a heartfelt Thank You! Your actions are greatly appreciated by both the club and the Gatehouse community at large. 

                                                                                                                                       Pete Haslam 2021 Secretary & Covid Officer


Any questions about the Club's response to the Coronavirus outbreak, please contact Pete Haslam on 07738865158 or through info@gatehousegolfclub.com 

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The nine holes of the course present a great test of golfing skill all year round. Winter greens are not used as the course drains very well.