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As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates.

Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia are writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.

Government Announcement 19th July 2020 – Mandatory face covering in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

On Sunday 19th July, the Victorian Government announced that from 11.59pm on Wednesday the 22nd of July that wearing a mask or face covering will become mandatory when you leave home in Metropolitan Melbourne & the Mitchell Shire (Restricted Area).

Operations advice
Based on information made public by the Victorian DHHS, Golf Australia recommends the following:

  • All golfers must wear a face covering or face mask when playing golf in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, unless they are affected by a relevant medical condition such as breathing difficulties (e.g. Asthma), a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
  • GA strongly recommends that all clubs/facilities direct players to wear a face covering that must stay on for the duration of their round.
  • It is recommended that upon arrival all players are asked to wear a face covering and are asked to leave the facility immediately if they are not wearing a face covering, unless they are affected by a relevant medical condition.
  • It is recommended that clubs/facilities seek a medical certificate or other proof of exemption for players who state they have a valid reason not to wear a face covering.
  • All club/facility employees and volunteers must wear a face covering while at work. It is the responsibility of clubs/facilities to ensure that employees and volunteers are wearing a face covering while working. Fines may be levied by police on clubs/facilities if employees and volunteers do not wear face coverings.

For the avoidance of doubt, the DHHS has published guidelines which state that face coverings can only not be worn in the following circumstances: :

  • When the individual is doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing; examples include jogging or running but not walking. You must have a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising.


Ro Lockyer

Club Captain


Tee Times and Playing in 2’s

All players are to play in 2’s until further notice.

Tee times have been changed to 6 mins apart starting Saturday July 10th. Saturday tee times start at 7:20am plus 6 minutes. (4 tee times).

Tuesday tee times start at 8:00am plus 6 mins (10 tee times) and 9 holes starts at 9:00 plus 6 mins (8 tee times). Please ensure you keep to this schedule as Alpert Park Golf Course is at capacity and Paul as has asked all golfers to start on time and to “keep up with the group in front, not in front of the group behind”.

Book early

Tee times are at a premium at APWGC, so not to miss out you can book your next round 7 days in advance. Once the field is full, sorry there are no more tee times available.

Keep Your Distance

It is very important to keep your social distancing to a minimum of 1.5m. Please keep your distance to those around you and please leave a gap of 100m between the group in front.


Please arrive no more than 20 minutes before your tee time and depart within 20 mins of finishing your round.


Weekly prize presentations will not take place over the next 6 weeks.  All weekly results and winners will be notified by email and members can view the results on the website.

MiScore app

It is now more important than ever that you use the MiScore app while scoring. Although not compulsory we recommend you use the contactless scoring system while playing as from July 10th.  If you do not have the app or a smartphone then use the cards by all means and ask Kris or Anna for Tuesday players and Melita or Robyn for Saturday players to add your score to 1golf.  9 hole players, please take an image of your card and send it to Kris or myself.


Please bring your own bucket to repair your (and others) divots.  Anna Hunt has a spare pull buggy so please contact Anna if you wish to borrow this for 6 weeks.

Clinics at Albert Park Driving Range

APDR is closed until further notice.

Enjoy your golf on the fairways and greens and “hit the shot you know you can, not the one you think you should”


Ro Lockyer – Captain

Hole in One News

Congratulations to Lorraine Mair who on Tuesday 9 June scored a Hole in One on the 2nd hole.

Lorraine’s beautifully struck 9 hybrid pitched just short of the hole and then rolled out of sight.​ Lorraine secretly held her breath thinking it might have gone in, whilst her playing partners thought the ball may have rolled off the back of the green.​ Much to everyone’s delight it was sitting in the hole.

This was Lorraine’s second hole in one, her first was in New Zealand at the Shandon GC, Lower Hutt back in 2012.

Lorraine celebrated with champagne and gorgeous nibbles on Tuesday under strict covid-19 conditions.

Well done Lorraine!

Temporary Local Rule

Preferred Lie

(effective 30 May 2020 until further notice)

“When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area of the 1st to the 18th hole cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one hand span from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • – Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
  • – Must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.”

The General Area is the area of the course that covers the fairway only.

EXCEPT for the other four defined areas:

  1. The teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole
  2. All penalty areas
  3. All bunkers
  4. The putting green of the hole the player is playing

On the Ball for Cancer

Albert Park Women’s Golf held their annual charity day recently. Each year a charity is selected and this year the Committee selected Ovarian Cancer Australia (OVA) as the nominated charity in memory of one of our members, Clare Fidler, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Clare was a very popular member and active committee member with the club for many years and had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer over 20 years ago.  She is greatly missed by us all so it was fitting to remember her in this way.

The charity day, held at the Albert Park Golf Course on Tuesday 18 November saw members and their guests enjoy perfect weather for their golf day. They played a fun Ambrose Pairs event which was followed by a delicious lunch of Paella provided by YUM Catering.

Overall, the club raised a whopping $1,230 to help support OVA with much needed funds! A big thank you to everyone involved.