Like all areas of the community and in particular sport, the Parkes Golf Club is making changes to its operations to try to keep instances of COVID-19 at bay and continue to offer golf to the Parkes community and visitors to town.
We ask that our members adhere to all protocols in place so that we protect the golfers and the public at large.
All up-to-date information is available at the Pro Shop noticeboard, on the club's Facebook site and will be emailed to members where possible (see the latest information below).
In great weather conditions we saw 83 men and 14 ladies play our course on Saturday.
The men contested an 18 hole stableford for the popular Corner Boys sponsored Terry Sheridan Memorial Trophy.
Thanks to the Corner Boys for keeping Terry's name prominent in the club.
Mark 'Engine' Wright fired an unbelievable round of 46 points.
While he has been inconsistent form this year no one envisaged this round.
He was a clear three points clear of Trevor Chatman and Rod Maxwell on 43 points, enough to win on any other day.
These were great rounds and no doubt their new handicaps will reflect that.
Worth noting that Brian Hogan, the Junior, also fired well above recent efforts with 41 points and Jack Elliott yet again had 40 points.
The ball competition went down to 37 points on countback, so it was a tough day trying to get a prize.
The nearest the pins was a near-whitewash by Jack Elliott who won three on the day, including the Money Hole on the sixth with a great shot to within 298cm of the hole.
Once again this was a morning win and we have noticed more golfers heading out early to snare this lucrative prize.
Last week saw the completion of the very popular Summer 6's competition for this summer.
The Grip It team - sponsored by Brian Collins Smash Repair, Griffins Leading Edge and Telescope Tyres - led the 16 round competition throughout to win the title.
They were followed home four points behind by Does Your Husband Play who were chasing hard all year.
There were 13 teams playing each other and each week was a close-run affair with handicaps continually reviewed to keep all players even and the teams competitive.
Make sure that you get a team together for the end of 2020 to have a crack at the defending champs.
Thanks to all players who participated and to all our sponsors.
The greens have had their renovations and are now working their way back to their playing best.
Thanks to those who helped Nigel with this task.
There have been changes to the Parkes Golf Course conditions in relation to COVID 19 from Tuesday, March 24.
There will be two competitions each week for playing members to reduce the number of golfers on a Saturday and ensure social distancing is maintained.
Members who can play mid-week are encouraged to do so to reduce interaction with other people. Players may play more than once through the week.
There will be no Nearest the PINS in play so as to remove members having to write on the NTP cards or handle a tape measure.
And there will be no formal presentation of winners - all winners will be communicated through Facebook, website and on the wall outside the Pro Shop.
Only one player is permitted in a golf cart (but cart can carry two sets of sticks) - this applies to all including married couples and partners to maintain social distancing rules. This is vital - if we are identifying players not maintaining this requirement then the course will be closed effective immediately as per the laws instigated through the current pandemic.
All members are encouraged to only use debit/credit cards to pay for golf services - no cash please.
There are other changes on the club's Facebook page.
We understand it may be inconvenient to a few people but the important point to remember is we are all still able to come out and enjoy our sport, which is much more than a lot of other people are able to do during this period of time.
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