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St Bees Golf Club’s Latest Response to Novel Corona-virus (COVID-19)

The latest UK government adjustment of lockdown conditions now permits golf clubs in England to re-introduce the fourball format from Monday 1 June.

As part of a phased return to play, up to four golfers from four separate households may now play together in one single group from the above date.

Please note it is essential that golfers continue to strictly observe social distancing and safety regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be advised that the golf course is open to Members that have paid their annual subscription fees or have a standing order in place. The course is now also open to Visitors who can book a tee time and pay green fees following the instructions on our Visitors page

In line with the Prime Ministers statement the lifting of lockdown and resumption of play is conditional and St Bees Golf Club and its members and visitors are required to radically adjust the way we make use of the course during a very cautious phase of restarting golf.

St Bees Golf course have introduced a mandatory system of booking and allocation of tee times that ensures the safety of all golfers.

To book a tee time please follow the guidance on our Stay Safe and Play Safe page.

Tee times will be available from 8am to 8pm with a minimum of 10-minute intervals.

If you do not have a Pre-Booked Tee Time to play the course you are not authorised or insured to play golf and you will be instructed to leave the course.

England Golf have issued guidelines and insisted that all golf clubs change their normal working practices to ensure compliance with government restrictions. The following aspects of the golfer experience, divided into the five categories below have been considered by the committee and the following protocols must be strictly adhered to:

  1. Course Set-up

All rakes have been removed from bunkers, ball washers are covered up, benches are not to be used and practice areas remain closed.

Golf holes will be partially filled with foam such that the ball can be retrieved without making contact with the hole.

Access to toilet facilities will be available on the understanding that hand sanitisers and paper towels must be used.

  1. Before the Round

Players must read and observe the safeguarding signs that will be displayed prominently throughout the course.

The clubhouse will remain closed, players should arrive at the course no more than 15 minutes before their allotted tee time.

  1. During the Round

Golfers to play off yellow grass tees.

Golfers must give way to green keeping staff at all times.

Golfers must keep two metres apart at all times and must not touch any stray golf balls. Golfers are asked to make best efforts to smooth the sand in bunkers using your club and/or feet. Flagsticks are not to be touched at any time.

  1. After the Round

Social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round, so when your round is over all golfers must leave the course and the club/facility immediately so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area or the car park.

  1. Rules of Golf Related Matters

During the first very cautious phase of restarting golf only social golf will be played. No competitions will be taking place including weekend medals and Drones fixtures. Scorecards are not to be used or exchanged and two ball pairs can decide on whatever rules they wish to apply. Golfers are required to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times and not to touch it.

We thank you for your forbearance during these unprecedented times and look forward to your cooperation in following the social distancing rules that must be strictly adhered to at all times.

Collection of subscriptions at the club house has been cancelled. Instead please make payment either by bank transfer or by sending a cheque made payable to SBGC Course & Machinery A/C to Clive Hayes, at the addresses below:

7, Craig Drive,
Whitehaven,
Cumbria CA28 6JX
Telephone: 01946 66003
Mobile: 07933270980

It would be of great assistance if you could also supply a mobile phone number and e-mail address, if you have one, to enable us to update the club membership records, and assist with future communications, and reduce postal costs.

Please note: Our Bank Account for Standing Orders, or Electronic Bank transfer payments is:
Bank: Cumberland Building Society
Sort Code: 16-52-21
Account Name: SBGC Course & Machinery A/C
Account Number: 54247129

We understand that this is an unprecedented and rapidly developing situation and as such we will continue to monitor events as they progress and pass on the relevant information to our members and visitors.

St Bees Golf Club Committee – 31/05/2020 – 21:00

Founded in 1929 the 9 Hole Links Course is a magnificent test of Golf. Set on the western shores of the Lake District, offering stunning views of St Bees Head, the Isle of Man and the Lakeland Fells the Golf Course proves a popular attraction for the local residents and visitors.

The course is extremely resilient and St Bees members can be seen golfing on days when other golfers aren’t able to play because their courses are closed due to adverse conditions. Invariably members play off the fairways and not mats through the winter and there are no winter greens in use.

Membership offers excellent value for money given that golfers can play all year round. Short game practice facilities offer golfers the opportunity to hone wedge play chipping, pitching and putting.

Whether you are a Member of the Club, a Visitor or a Student of the School we hope you find the website helpful and informative, in particular we would like to draw your attention to our Health and Safety policy which contains a hole by hole risk assessment for players using the course. 

If you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to Contact us.