Golf Club and Facility Guidance (COVID-19)

Last update: Thursday 9 April 2020

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This advisory contains:

  • Success - Essential Turf Maintenance Exemption Request Granted
  • General Guidance for Golf Clubs and Facilities
  • COVID–19 Government Financial Support Package

Success - Essential Turf Maintenance Exemption Request Granted

The government has decided to accept our application for exemption for essential golf course maintenance. We understand this caused much angst and frustration throughout the sector however we can now head into the Easter weekend with some comfort.

Sports and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson said the Government had allowed urgent maintenance to go ahead but only after new guidelines were issued. This would happen after Easter.

"The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead after the Easter Weekend.

"This includes non-plantation nurseries, stadia turf, and golf and bowling club turf maintenance," he said.

Robertson said he understood "the implications if the maintenance does not occur regularly, including for community organisations, which is why we have moved quickly on these decisions".

We will be in touch with all clubs and facilities after the guidelines have been completed.

General Guidance

New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household. This is a major step for the country however eradicating this disease is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick.

The move to Alert Level 4 has major consequences for the golf sector. From Wednesday 25 March at 11.59pm, all operations at golf clubs must cease for at least four weeks. 

This means all golf courses, practice facilities, clubhouses, pro shops, bar, function and catering facilities must now be closed. While this a major move for the country, the government is trying to save lives and we urge the golf sector to do all we can to play our part.

New Zealand Golf will continue to communicate any updates through our website, social platforms and via direct correspondence.

Other Advice for Golf Clubs/Facilities

New Zealand Golf Operations
Essential New Zealand Golf services will remain in place over the next four weeks however our office is now closed. All events have been cancelled or postponed through until at least 10 May. Click Here to view more details.

Social Connection for Club Members
Many golfers rely on the social connection at their golf club as a normal and essential part of everyday life. Clubs might consider offering a telephone service where members, particularly elder members, can check in and connect. 

COVID–19 Government Financial Support Package
If your golf club, facility or business has been adversely affected by COVID-19 you may be eligible for financial support.

The best source of information on the support available is at this link:

As a final thought, please look after yourselves and your families – life will return to normal but for now it’s home time. As a golf sector its important to be positive and all stay connected as much as we can. Golf will be important to so many New Zealanders once we emerge from this current crisis.



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