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Leckford Golf Courses Covid-19 Restrictions
Updated - 16th May 2021
Please can I ask that you all take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest restrictions. Signage will be in place to remind you of the procedures when you arrive.
Changes with effect from Monday 17th May are as follows:-
Social distancing must be maintained at all times and please ensure you check in using the QR codes by the entrances.
We will continue to welcome 1,2, 3 and 4 ball games at Leckford. 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 our members and visitors safe.
Please ensure there is always a distance of at least 2 metres between you and any other golfer.
In line with our existing practice and feedback from members we are going to continue operating without formal tee times; 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 consists of four stages as follows: -
Please join the queue at the first available queuing station which will be clearly marked. The queuing stations will lead to waiting area 1 which has been in place since May 2020; this is clearly indicated and located close to the car park.
Remain at waiting area 1 (above) until waiting area 2 is free. Waiting area 2 will be next to the putting green, allowing the member in waiting area 2 to practice putting before starting their game.
The pavilions will open with the exception of the showers. Face masks must be worn inside at all times other than when seated with food or drink. The rule of 6 applies indoors and lounge furniture will be set out to ensure social distancing so please do not move the furniture.
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 two guests per member/Partner. Please also note the following changes to standard practice:-
Sharing of golf buggies is now permitted but all users should exercise caution and consider the risks associated with covid-19.
Monthly Medal/Stableford competitions, Leckford Roll-ups & Annual Knock-out competition.
All competitions, roll-ups and the knock-out competition are running as normal.
After your round
Demand from members to play the courses is expected to be 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.
The greenkeeping team will be on hand to help with any queries you may have with the restrictions and will also be monitoring compliance to help ensure the courses remain a safe place 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.