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Admin Update
Deborah Rose

Covid and the Office

Just like that we were plunged into alert level 4. Wow, who knew! So here we go again with booking restrictions and bubbles. Please read the covid info for level 3 so you know what you can and can’t do at that level once we can go there.

The government announcement today is that we will be in level 4 until at least Tuesday 24th 11.59pm.  Have patience with us as we try and make this work for us all.

If in doubt call the office and check before you book. Also, if you have any cold, flu, sore throat or loss of taste or smell symptoms, stay home please. All staff have kids and elderly parents we do not want to jeopardise any other families.


Our Shop and Club house and facilities are closed at level 3&4 but if when we are back to level 3 you want to order something from the shop you can email ahead to and I will arrange a contactless parcel outside for you to pickup.

Covid 19 Vaccination Cards

These have been laminated and I have taken them home in case any members want to collect them from my letter box. I will return them to office when we can reopen.


Defamation is an area of law designed to protect people's reputations from unfair or unjustified public attacks. Please be aware that what you say about others in the public arena is serious business.

It really saddens me to have to include this today but I have been told some horrible and incredibly hurtful things in the last weeks that people have been spreading about me to other members and they are blatantly untrue. This needs to stop.

Don’t listen to idle gossip or others who attempt to lift their own profile by dragging others down with mistruths. I am happy to speak to any of you who has heard something and has a concern about me and my work here at the club.  
I want to thank the board for their on going communication and support during this awful time and for coming and checking facts with me.  

When we Can - Shift to Level 3 protocol
Deborah Rose
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Changing Alert Levels Info

We will not be our of level 4 lockdown until at least Tuesday 24th at 11,59pm.

In the meantime please familiarise yourself with the below regardless for when we do drop and expect a repeat of this information next week.

When we drop to alert level 3 we will be following the protocol approved by the board last year.

Do your own preparation, login at and check your contact details are correct, learn how to make an online tee booking, make sure you are financially current including foreshore, cart trail levies etc (or please contact me with any payment or financial issues - communication is the key here).


We must comply with the government requirements under Alert Level 3, or not only risk the health and safety of ourselves and others, but also risk the golf club being restricted to no golf again.

So if you would like to use golf as a form of exercise during Alert Level 3, please make sure you only come to our club if you are prepared to adhere to the following 5 requirements:

1. Do not play golf or come to the club if you do not have a pre-booked confirmed tee booking (contact tracing requirement)

2. Do not come to the golf club if you have any symptoms of illness or are being required to self-isolate after being advised of a potential contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case

3. Only play alone or in 2’s within your Alert 4 bubble, or see the info below re permitted alert 3 bubble extension.

4. Maintain physical distancing of 2+ metres from anyone not in your bubble at all times.

5. Do not use any common equipment touched by people from outside your bubble.

Golf at Omokoroa Golf Club during Alert Level 3 will be restricted to financially current Omokoroa club members only, no green fee visitors.

There is information on what our club has done to address each applicable government Alert Level 3 requirement below, and the further detail required.

Don't use any common equipment touched by people from outside your bubble

  • Bunker rakes have been removed
  • Flagpoles have been removed
  • A “filler” has been placed in the hole to raise the ball height for easier contactless removal
  • Ballwashers have been covered
  • Hire carts and trundlers will not be available

Private carts - solo use only or the person you share a bubble bed with.

Retail and hospitality businesses - customers cannot enter the clubhouse including the office/shop will be closed. No member can enter.

This includes all toilet facilities being closed. Even without the restriction on entering the premise, the toilets would also not be accessible under the first requirement for no shared touched surfaces, it would be impossible to clean effectively between each person, and is a high risk area.

If you run out of balls, tees etc, don’t panic, contactless pre-ordered pick ups are allowed. Contact Megan, make an online payment into the clubs bank account and she will arrange a contactless pickup from outside the clubhouse.

Recreational activities by yourself or with people from your extended bubble

You by now should be very familiar with who is in your household bubble and how important it is to choose your bubble wisely!

Under Alert Level 3, there is very limited approval to slightly extend your bubble. THIS DOES NOT MEAN you can invent a changing “golf bubble”.

“A bubble is your household – the people you live with. Under Alert Level 3, you can slightly extend your bubble. For example, you can bring in a caregiver you might need, or children who might be in shared care. Or, if you are living alone, or a couple who wants the company of another one or two people. These people do not need to live in the same household, but must be local. Always keep your bubble exclusive, and keep it small.”

If you live alone or as a couple, you can choose to extend your level 4 bubble to include another 1-2 person household bubble for support. However, that person is the sole chosen extension for the duration of Alert Level 3.

Choose wisely, and if you are a couple vs live alone, ensure you have your current bubble mates approval as to who that extension will be. I do not want to hear any reports that you choose a golfing buddy as your households alert level 3 extension, meaning your partner therefore can’t extend the bubble to include a family member or required essential support person. You may be surprised how desperate your partner is to get rid of you, that agreement comes easy.

Due to the requirement to restrict to exercise within bubbles, tee times are restricted to 1 or 2 golfers. Most bubbles will be 1-2 people, so an 'extended bubble' booking of 4 would impact the flow of play around the course. The current club membership does not have any household bubbles that have more than 2 club members in them that we know of.

Pre Booked Tee Booking & Availability

Due to contact tracing requirements, and physical distancing requirements, you must not turn up at the golf club unless you have a pre-booked tee time. This allows us to have a contactless electronic record of who was onsite, on what day, at what time, with who.

Due to shorter daylight hours, required increased tee time spacing, limits to solo or two's at each tee time, we are expecting availability to initially be under pressure from members keen to stretch their legs on the course.

Therefore, we need to maximise as many of our members being able to access an opportunity to book as frequently as possible.

Only 75 -150 golfers (dependent on solo vs 2 person bubbles) can fit on the course allowing for 18 hole play (including times that daylight only allows 9 holes).

Therefore every alternate day will be bookable for playing 9 holes only, starting from both tees 1 and 10. This significantly increases the number of members that can get some exercise and practice on the course.

Remember there will be no toilets open - not many members manage 18 holes without a toilet.

There is also no official handicap scoring golf available under alert level 3, this is purely exercise and recreation for sanity.

We will review how busy the course is as to what to amend the tee time availability to for week 2 of Alert Level 3 before opening up booking for that week.

I recommend you book online, make sure you do not book on a tee time already occupied by someone not in your bubble.

There will be 1 person in the office during Alert Level 3 to assist those who need it with booking or updating your contact details, and to monitor compliance. Please wave at them as you arrive so they can electronically "check you in" via your tee booking to comply with contact tracing requirements.

Board Talk
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August 2021

On August 2nd the Board met with Mark Webb - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Regional Support Manager for NZ Golf. Mark delivered high quality advice and support. He obviously has a wealth of experience and a very good understanding of current Golf market information and trends. It was fair to say that we gained much from his visit and are keen to take on board, ideas and advice shared. i.e. “Do we want to grow stronger or grow fatter?” - we need to be forever mindful that our members are the core lifeblood of our club and we attract and retain them through providing a strong club culture - a friendly, caring and respectful environment.

The Board wishes to encourage all members to visit the ‘givealittle’ website. In order that the club continues to provide the necessary equipment needed for our Greenkeepers to maintain our course to a high standard, we would very much appreciate your support in raising funds towards the purchase of a Toro mower.


The foreshore development has undoubtedly been a great success and is attracting an ever growing number of cyclists, runners and walkers. Observations to date, would suggest that those using the public walkway are taking heed of the signage and by and large are proceeding with due caution and many wait patiently whilst golfers are teeing off. Most club members acknowledge the public’s support in a friendly and grateful manner. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and following on from comments made in last week's newsletter, the Board wishes to re-emphasize the very real potential for injury and harm that can result from errant golf balls venturing over into the public domain. We must exercise patience and constraint when playing alongside the public walkway, taking appropriate measures to avoid any such accident occurring.

Approval has been given in order that the following projects proceed:

· Repairs and maintenance to be undertaken on the footbridge leading up to the 14th tee.

· Extension of office in order to create a much needed administration space for staff.

A number of new signs are currently being made to both fulfil Health and Safety requirements and to replace some existing ones which are no longer ‘fit for purpose’ or have become tardy and faded with time.

A new Golf Cart policy has been drawn up and will be made available to both Cart owners and Cart hirers. Please adhere to the guidelines referred to in the policy.

Finally, we wish to draw attention to the Club’s upcoming AGM in November. Further information pertaining to the AGM will be shared later, along with a specific date and time.

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 Course Use 
People have been seen playing/practicing on the course.  Reminder at level 4 no one should be on the course for any reason. The course is closed.  We will be maintaining the greens over this time as per last lockdown so we are ready for you when we drop levels and you may see Deborah in the office, that's it for people to the course.
We don't want to risk you entering our staff's bubbles thanks.

Captains Corner
Pink Leow
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 Covid 19

Well, we’ve been there and done that so we can do it again. Keep safe everyone and hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for another round of golf. The good news is the Ladies British Open will be on the TV so it's a good way to stay at home.

You will, or already have received an update from your playing group Captain/convenor regarding golf on haggle days/tournaments.

A few updates from me this week,

Club Captain Position

We are quickly approaching the AGM in a little more than two months time. This will end my tenure as the Club Captain and the Board will be looking forward to receiving nominations from members who are willing to take on this position. If anyone would like to discuss this with myself I will happily outline the responsibilities of the role.

Quiz Evening

We are organising another fun Quiz Evening on Friday 1st October for members and spouse/partner - which just happens to be World Smile Day!! Get together a table of up to eight - and bring along your own platters / finger food to share on your table. The bar will of course be open. We will be limited by the number of tables available - so please register your interest with myself via (07) 548 0918 or More details on this to follow.


Woman's World
Diane Hughes
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This week’s results:

A blustery, cold day for Saturday ladies’ LGU round this week with the top nett haggle prizes going to three Tuesday ladies – Maxine Cotter on 71 and Pink Leow and Rae Milne both on 72. We were lucky to get a round in this Tuesday, beating both the rain and the move to Covid Level 4. Silver and Bronze 1 played the first of three rounds for the Renner Putting Trophy. The haggle was also putting and the first 12 players all had putts between 31 and 34. Dee McCrea was the winner on countback from Donna Dyer.

Saturday Ladies’ Jewellery Cup:

A great final between Chrissy Anderson and Martina Keir with a win to Chrissy, still in great form after her Matchplay Champs success. Well done both!

McNicol own time matchplay:

The cut-off date for this has been extended until tomorrow Saturday 21st in the endeavour to find 16 entrants. Otherwise it will be cancelled.

Hoping that this Lockdown will be short-lived and looking forward to our Saturday and Tuesday haggles resuming soon. Meanwhile keep safe and keep well.

Vets Tournament Cancelled
Allow imagesPlease Note the Vets tournament for Monday will not be going ahead.  Sorry everyone.
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