Spring 2021 Update

Dear Friends of Sutton Creek,
Welcome to the 2021 golf season. 

For those who are wondering what the golf season will look like again this year under Covid-19, we are still currently required to follow very similar protocols that we experienced in 2020.

Sutton Creek Golf Club is committed to the ongoing safety of golfers and our staff. As a result, several precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure everyone stays safe in and around Sutton Creek. Safety will rely on the full cooperation of golfers and our team members from the time we arrive at the facility until the time we leave. We have implemented several safety measures including:

  • practicing physical distancing (2 meters apart)
  • reducing the number of touch points & rigorous cleaning of remaining touch points
  • training staff on enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing procedures
  • requiring the cooperation of golfers through adherence to our policies and procedures.

While we do hope that our environment will return to normal soon, this will be the new normal for now. We acknowledge that every golfer will make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to golf during these times or not. However, should you choose to join us, we will welcome you and require your full cooperation with regards to the measures that have been implemented for everyone’s safety. Please contact Cory LaJeunesse or Jeff Collingridge (519-726-6900) should you have any questions or concerns.

General Messaging to Golfers and their Guests
If you have underlying medical conditions or care for someone that does, it is recommended that you not visit our facility.
If you have traveled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at our facility until you have self-isolated for a minimum of 14 days.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to our facility. Call your doctor or local public health unit. Please stay home and, when in doubt, get tested. If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to our facility.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES (minimum 6ft apart). NO handshaking, NO hugging etc. from arrival until departure. Failure to observe physical distancing risks the closure of the facility, and as such, you will be asked to leave the premises and may be suspended from future play.

THE CLUBHOUSE, AND FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES, ARE OPEN.
The washrooms located in the clubhouse, on the west patio and at the hut (weather depending) will be open and will be disinfected frequently.
Please bring your own sanitizer for personal use. Hand sanitizer stations are available at all entrances.
Please bring your own water bottle as there will be no water coolers on the course.
Do not handle each other’s golf balls, tees, ball markers etc.
Please be sure to make your guests aware of the rules for play at Sutton Creek.

Current regulations do not allow us to have any table service, indoors or outdoors.  An announcement concerning in person dining is expected to be on or before June 14.

THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES ARE TEMPORARY AND WILL EVOLVE AS INSTRUCTED BY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT POLICIES

Tee Time Policy
Tee times can be booked 7 days in advance.  Tee time intervals will be 8 minutes intervals to permit for physical distancing and maintenance of pace of play. Reservations can be made including twosomes, threesomes or foursomes.  Groups that are not booked as a foursome will have other players added to complete a full foursome.  If you do not wish to have others join your group, then a foursome rate will be applied.
Golfers without a reserved tee time will not be permitted on the course. Tee Times must be booked online or by phone.  Please be respectful of other players concerns during the COVID-19 period.

Carts
Power carts will be available for shared use.  As per Ontario Government Regulations, masks must be worn when riding with someone not in the same household. Note that all power carts will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use.  If you require the use of a single rider cart, an additional cart fee of $23 will apply.
We have a limited number of power carts available. Power carts should be booked online at time of registration to ensure booking.  Tee times without a cart reservation may not be guaranteed a cart.
No golf carts allowed after 4 pm for 18 holes and 6 pm for 9 holes to allow for cleaning and disinfecting.
Pull carts will be available, for a nominal fee, to members and guests. Note that all pull carts will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use.

Check-In Policy
Please do not arrive at the golf course any earlier than 20 minutes prior to your tee time.  Park your vehicle, change your shoes in the parking lot, and prepare your clubs. Remain by your vehicle.

All players will be responsible to handle their own equipment from arrival to departure
Avoid congregating in the parking lot and adhere to physical distancing.  Proceed to the staging area 20 minutes or less before your tee time.

Bag services, club storage and club rentals will not be provided to eliminate touch points where the virus might be transmitted.
Green Fees can be purchased online or in the golf shop. Payment by credit cards, debit are accepted in the golf shop, tap preferred.  While we would like to not deal with cash payments, we will accept cash if needed.
Items may be purchased through the golf shop.  If you require golf balls, gloves, beverages etc. golfers can simply put their request in with one of the greeters on duty.
Score cards and pencils will be available in the golf shop and distributed individually.

PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING ALWAYS (minimum 6 ft. apart), from greetings upon arrival, in and around practice areas, the tee, putting greens, and at the conclusion of the round. Consider only one player on the tee box at a time and continuous putting.

Practice Facility Policy
Practice range & Putting Green are now open, please remember to maintain physical distancing (6 ft) and read the signage on the driving range.

On-Course Measures
Putt with flagstick in, avoiding flag contact. Cups will be MODIFIED so the ball does not drop in the hole (government mandate).
Bunker rakes will not be available. Bunkers are to be played as Ground Under Repair at this time. Remove your golf ball, smooth out bunker with your foot or golf club upon exiting bunker. Drop ball no nearer the hole and proceed to play
Ball washers will not be available at this time.
Sand/seed containers will be provided, please repair divots as best you can.
On course drinking water will not be available. Please ensure you have enough refreshments to keep hydrated.  Refreshments are available in the clubhouse.
Bring your own towel as towels will not be provided.
Golf groups will not be permitted to play through.
Snacks & Beverages are available in the Clubhouse.

All golfers are asked to dispose of their garbage at the receptacles located throughout the golf course or at the main clubhouse.  Some garbage receptacles have been removed from the golf course to reduce the number of contacts points for the health and safety of our staff.

WEATHER DELAY: Upon hearing a prolonged blast of the horn, all golfers are asked to immediately leave the golf course and bring their belongings to their vehicles and wait until it is safe to resume play.  If pay cannot be safely resumed, groups will be called in an organized fashion to receive rainchecks for the unplayed portion of their round.

After Round Policy
Please return your power cart or pull cart to the designated cart drop off area.
Please COMPLETELY empty your cart of all personal belongings and GARBAGE.
Following play exit the course as promptly as possible and avoid socializing in the parking lot.

Posting of Scores
All posting of scores must be done online using your home computer or Golf Canada, GG golf mobile apps.
Players are responsible for posting or ensuring posting of all his/her acceptable scores for rounds played at Sutton Creek and at other properly rated and sloped courses during the active season: April 15 to October 31st.
The handicap committee will continue to monitor and impose penalty scores if a player fails to post an acceptable score as required.

Tournaments, Leagues
All tournaments and leagues will follow the same rules noted above and will tee off at 8 minute intervals.  There will be no shotgun starts for the forseeable future.  As we receive more information from Government officials, we will readdress our policies in regards to tournaments and leagues

Golf Shop
While the golf shop remains closed to consumer traffic, we have taken steps to make sure you have access to all the items you require and available in the clubhouse.

Golfer Adherence
All policies will be enforced and anyone not in compliance will be asked to leave the premises and may be suspended from future play.