COVID-19/Corona Virus Information UPDATED 11/05/2020
I finally have some good news for you. Following the announcement on Sunday that there would be changes to the lockdown situation we are delighted to be able to inform you that we are able to re-open Freshwater Bay Golf Course from Wednesday 13th May 2020. There will however be some restrictions in place initially to ensure the safety of everyone.
Firstly and most importantly the Clubhouse will remain closed to everyone, which means that there will be no access to the toilets. This is a situation that we will keep under review. If you have left articles in a locker you will be able to collect them by contacting the secretary.
Sadly it is not possible to allow visitors or non-members to play on the course at the current time as it will be strictly for members only. If you have not yet contacted the secretary to make arrangements to pay this year’s subscription fees then please do so in order to enjoy the course as soon as possible.
The advice from the Government and England Golf currently states that no more than 2 golfers can play together. Those wishing to play alone may do so. You may play with a member of your own household or with a friend.
In order to maintain social distancing on the course and to protect our membership we will be operating a tee time booking system which will be strictly enforced. In order to play golf you must first ring the Secretary, on 01983 752955. He will be available to take bookings between 8am – 12:00 mid-day. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your tee time and wait in your car until the 1st tee is entirely clear and it is safe to begin your game.
We anticipate a high demand initially, and at peak times, therefore we advise you to book in advance. You will be able to book up to 7 days before you intend playing.
After 2:00pm each day if there is no one waiting for booked tee times and it is safe to do so you may tee off without a prior arrangement. Members must take responsibility when doing this for maintaining safe social distancing. If members have booked tee times they will have priority.
Thursday mornings will remain reserved for Ladies between 9 -11.30 with tee times booked in advance with the secretary. Ladies may if they wish play on other days & times.
Benches, ball washers, rakes and bins have all been taken out of use. Bunkers will be in use and you are requested to smooth them with your club or shoe. You may place your ball in a bunker if you have a bad lie. There will be no competitive golf at the present time but it will be re-introduced as soon as we are able to. The grass practice area, but not the covered bays can be used if you are on your own. The practice putting green can be used by no more than 2 golfers at a time.
We request that members do not touch flags either on the course or putting green, and maintain safe social distancing at all times. Modifications have been made to holes to enable safe removal of golf balls without having to touch the flag.
Buggies will be available to use but only if they are booked with the secretary at least 24 hours in advance.
Safe social distancing must be kept at all times and we strongly recommend that you carry a hand sanitizer.
Some of the modifications and changes that we have made are not in keeping with the way that we have traditionally played and socialised at Freshwater Bay Golf Club. Hopefully most of the changes can be modified as the situation improves. Safety and well being are the biggest priority. Clearly the bar is going to be closed for some time. We will keep you informed of any developments.
This letter has been written a little hastily but I want you to have time to book a tee time for this Wednesday if you so wish. I am really pleased that we are able to open the course, even with the many restrictions in place. Stay safe and enjoy being able to play golf again.
Welcome to Freshwater Bay Golf Club On the Isle of Wight
Freshwater Bay golf course, on the Isle of Wight, is one of the most spectacular courses in the UK. Set on the downlands overlooking the English Channel, this seaside links style golf course is 5,725 yards long, par 69 which provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.
If you like a leisurely game of golf in the midst of beautiful coastal scenery, then you will really enjoy the 18-hole course at Freshwater Bay Golf Club
Visitors are most welcome and we provide very reasonable rates. We are a private club with full bar and catering facilities. Our clubhouse is friendly and relaxed and members are always available to provide advice on weather and playing conditions.