More golfers back in action

Fadhil Yunus

The re-opening of golf courses in Brunei Darussalam has attracted a huge turnout after authorities implemented the first phase of the de-escalation plan last month.

A total of 89 individuals registered at the Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) Golf Club as of press time yesterday. Two booked their slots in the late afternoon session.

The resumption of golfing activities in the country came after two months of closure of sports facilities in March.

Golfers are typically on a rise during the early morning session especially between 6am and 8am when the weather is forthcoming.

Under the first phase, which is also known as Operational Readiness Level 1, four types of sports complexes and facilities are allowed to be reopened namely gym and fitness centres, golf courses and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

A golfer prepares a shot at the RBA Golf Club yesterday. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

As Brunei moved into the second phase of the de-escalation plan, implemented in the middle of June, each flight can now accommodate four golfers as opposed to two during the first phase. As stated under the guidelines of the first phase, each buggy must only be occupied by one person.

Each booking will only be allocated to four players with individuals required to book their slot a day in advance in compliance with the guidelines for golf courses.

Golfers will need to register before using the facilities and scan their BruHealth application QR code. Registration has been made compulsory since new measures and guidelines were introduced.

The next session or tee times will be arranged at a specified time to accommodate the next group or individual.

According to a staff member at the RBA Golf Club, all buggy vehicles are cleaned and sanitised before and after each session to ensure high levels of cleanliness of the facilities.

Meanwhile, alternate bays have been removed to increase spacing for the use of driving range facilities while seating has been reduced with no spectators. Such facilities are strictly reserved to members only.

As sharing of sports equipment is not allowed under the guidelines, no clubs will be available for hire especially for driving range facilities.

Golfers were seen complying with social distancing protocols yesterday as they played their part to be socially responsible.