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Leckford Golf Courses Covid-19 Restrictions
Updated -20th June 2020
Please can I ask that you all take the time to familiarise yourself with the new procedures; adherence with them will be the key to enabling golf courses to remain open. Signage will be in place to remind you of the procedures when you arrive.
Social distancing must be maintained at all times
We are now welcoming 1,2, 3 and 4 ball games at Leckford; 4 balls are only permitted at certain times - midweek and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We will continue with a maximum of 3 balls until noon on weekend mornings as the courses are still particularly busy at this time as we want to keep things flowing. In line with the government advice, you must continue to social distance with both your playing partners and anyone else you come into contact with on the course; this will be monitored by the greenkeeping team as compliance is key to keeping the courses open.
Please ensure there is always a distance of at least 2 metres between you and any other golfer.
Temporary restrictions on play (to be removed if not considered necessary)
The courses will continue to be open from dawn until dusk allowing maximum opportunity for Partners and members to enjoy a round. Demand is high and therefore we have a temporary limit for all Partners and members of three rounds per week during peak times as shown below; outside of peak times, there are no restrictions on the number of visits. We hope you consider this to be fair as we aim to enable as many members as possible to benefit from the courses.
Every day: 08.00 - 14.00
In line with our existing practice and recent feedback from members we are going to continue operating without formal tee times throughout this period; however, we will operate a queuing system to maintain social distancing and trust you will follow the procedures below. If you would like to know how busy the course is in advance of travelling, please do feel free to call and check with the greenkeeping team who will be happy to advise you.
The arrival procedure is designed to prevent any form of gathering and to maintain social distancing. This is the main change and now consists of three stages as follows:-
The key change is that the pavilions are not to be used for social gatherings in line with government restrictions in respect of social distancing; as a result of this, the lounge area in each pavilion will be closed. Snack machines will be available for use but the hot drinks machines will remain closed until the lounge reopens.
The changing facilities will not be available for use, please change shoes in the car park.
Toilet facilities will remain open. Please make use of soap and hand sanitiser available in both clubhouses and wash hands in accordance with displayed guidance.
We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the pavilions, in particular, payment desk surfaces, door handles, chip & PIN reader and vending machines. There will be wipes provided next to the card reader, please use these to clean the reader before and after use, disposing of these in the bin provided which will be emptied regularly.
On the course
Whilst largely limiting play to members and Partners, we will allow up to two guests per member/Partner. Please also note the following changes to standard practice:-
Buggies are for solo use and only available to those individuals who are unable to play without them. Buggies will be cleaned after every outing.
Monthly Medal/Stableford competitions & Leckford Roll-ups
After your round
Demand from members to play the courses is high following the lockdown and therefore we politely request that priority on the first tee is given to those members commencing their first round; this will help to ensure as many members as possible can benefit from the courses. If the queue is lengthy, please limit your round to 9 holes only; we will enforce this if necessary. Please note that there will be no societies for the foreseeable future which will help reduce traffic in the short term and offer members every opportunity to enjoy the courses at this difficult time.
The greenkeeping team will be on hand to help with any queries you may have with the new restrictions and will also be monitoring compliance to help ensure the courses can remain open and our members can enjoy the opportunity to play golf during these otherwise difficult times.
Leckford Golf Courses are set in the charismatic village of the same name, sited overlooking the River Test; the river world famous for the quality of the trout fishing. The golf courses are unique in many respects, comprising two distinct nine hole courses, each of which was designed by the most influential course architect of their age. In the Edwardian era, Harry Colt was supreme, and in the modern Elizabethan age Donald Steel reigned, and the work of both is captured in the two courses at Leckford.
The estate and the golf courses are owned by the John Lewis Partnership, it is operated primarily for the use of Partners, their families and guests. The Old Course was opened in 1929 and it has remained much as Colt designed it. It is recognised as one of the finest and most challenging nine hole courses in the country, and fully justifies the description of being a 'hidden gem'. The New Course is modern and creates the ideal complement to the Old, and the terrain of both is ideal, flint based chalk downland, with perfect drainage and excellent turf growing characteristics. This means that the course is playable all the year round, and only snow or very severe frost close them for play.
There is no pay and play option at the courses, but visitors can play as members of golf societies, who are welcome. Many are regular visitors, returning each year to enjoy the challenge of the Leckford courses. A minimum number of eight players are required to book for one of the society packages.