MGA update restrictions for Phase 2 states

THE Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) have updated their mandatory standard operating procedures (MSOPs) for golf clubs located within the National Recovery Programme Phase 2.

Issued by the national association on Friday, the MGA statement said clubs in these states should “strictly comply with the safeguards” for the health of golfers, employees and guests.

“All golf clubs will undertake and enforce measures to strictly comply with the directives issued by the National

Security Council (NSC) and Ministry of Health (MoH),” said the communique. “Failure and/or non-compliance of the MSOPs on the part of the golf club will be censured by the relevant enforcement agencies from NSC and MOH, which will include hefty fines or closure of the golf club, or both.”

Among the MSOPs is the determination that only fully vaccinated golfers are allowed to play and golfers 17 years old and under can play but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian, and cannot join other flight.

Also among the revised directives issued are that golf clubs can operate to a maximum of 60% of their total flight capacity per session – with two sessions per day (morning/afternoon).

The buggies policy remains the same and is one buggy for one player. So far as family members of the same household sharing a buggy goes, the MGA said this would be left to the discretion of the management of the golf club.

The sharing of caddies by flight-mates is also not permitted, and is a case of one caddie one buggy.

Also, caddies will not be allowed to drive the buggy nor sit alongside the golfer, and they they are required to wear masks and gloves at all times during every round.

Changing rooms are permitted to open but without shower facilities and driving ranges allowed operate at not more than 60% of total bay capacity. Persons not registered to practice or play are not be permitted to remain at the driving range.

The MGA said the use of MySejahtera to record the entry of golfers and employees to golf clubs is encouraged and insisted on using online payments or bank transfers for registration purposes.

Golfers are encouraged to register 20 minutes before their tee time and the registration staff should be equipped with face masks and gloves, the MGA said.