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Corona-virus (COVID-19) safeguarding measures

St Bees Golf Club re-opened on Saturday 4th July following the Government enforced lockdown. Prominent signage is on display to provide clear guidance on arrival of the Social Distancing & Hygiene measures in place at the clubhouse. Up to four golfers from four separate households may play together in one single group from the above date.

Playing the game: From Monday 14 September, competitive and social golf can continue to be played in accordance with our existing ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ guidelines provided on-course groupings do not exceed the new legal limit of six people.

The Clubhouse continues to accommodate multiple social groups provided each individual group is no larger than six people. Individual groups should not join up with others to form gatherings of more than six people and everyone must continue to follow government regulations on social distancing and sanitisation. Please ensure that you sign in to the track and trace recording system upon arrival to the club.

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 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 8 am to 8 pm 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
  • Players should arrive at the course no more than 15 minutes before their allotted tee time
  1. During the Round
  • Casual golfers to play off yellow grass tees, Competitors to play off relevant Competition 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 follow the clear guidelines should they choose to make use of the Clubhouse after their round
  1. Rules of Golf Related Matters
  • Current competition rules for playing, recording and entering scores can be found on the Competitions Page

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.

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.