As would normally be the case we are on the course working 7 days a week with the only difference being our squad is reduced to 3 green-staff as previously mentioned.
Since week 3 of lockdown our shift patterns have consisted of 12 days on, 2 days off, as essential maintenance was stepped up slightly.
Health and safety is absolutely paramount with all 3 of us constantly cleaning our machines and tools before and after use while maintaining the safe distance at all times.
I would estimate approximately 90% of our daily tasks on the golf courses are carried out alone. Lone working is factored into our health and safety policies and green-staff all carry mobile phones to ensure their personal safety is looked after.
As we return to some sense of normality – hopefully in the coming weeks now that England and Wales have been given the green light, we will continue to ensure all tasks are carried out maintaining the safe distance of 2m minimum. With this in mind we ask for patience from all our STH as basic daily tasks will inevitably take longer to be carried out.
I was asked last week when our courses would be ready for play if hypothetically speaking we were allowed to open tomorrow. The simple answer is, we are ready now however it will take us time to get our standards back to where we would like them to be. Green speed, bunker presentation, divotting and strimming-work are just some of the things which have been non-essential during this period. We thank all our STH for your patience and are really looking forward to seeing some golf again.