Doha, Qatar: After being shut down in March, Education City Golf Club is back in operation as Qatar slowly opens up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our team has been maintaining the golf courses throughout the closure. We wanted to ensure that upon opening golfers would be presented with the very best playing surfaces. The three golf courses we have at Education City are in excellent condition and people are now playing in large numbers despite the warmer weather,” he added.
New operational procedures that are now in place are similar to many courses globally as golfers are advised to pre-book their round in advance online, wear masks upon arrival and display Qatar’s own tracing application, Etheraz. Temperature checks are also conducted, and anyone showing signs of illness will be asked to leave the course.
To ensure there’s no over-crowding on the courses, tee times have been extended to 15-minute intervals, with a maximum of three players per slot. Motorised golf carts can only carry one person at a time unless the users are family members.
Other restrictions designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 include the use of raised cups and the removal of rakes from the bunkers. Shower and locker facilities remain closed for now.
Food and beverage service has been suspended for the short term, but packaged food can be purchased from a beverage cart.
Education City Golf Club and Doha Golf Club, the two golf clubs in Qatar, will continue to remain in regular dialogue with the Government, updating golf facilities and players on changes to regulations and procedures.
Qatar is re-opening with restrictions in a phased period over the next few months leading up until September.
“Qatar has been able to handle the Covid-19 situation effectively, and the time has come to gradually lift the restrictions,” said His Excellency Lolwah Rashid Al Khater, Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management.
He said: “From July 1, dining-in at restaurants and opening of museums and libraries will be at limited capacities. Health clubs, gymnasiums, swimming pools, will open from August 1, but at 50 per cent capacity. They can increase their capacities to 100 per cent starting on September 1.
“From August 1, flights from low-risk countries will be allowed for priority travellers such as residency-card holders. Everyone entering Qatar will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine in specially designated hotels at their own expense. This will be in co-ordination with Discover Qatar.
“In September, gatherings such as weddings will be allowed, in addition to the opening of mosques at full capacity and resumption of Friday prayers. Business gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, recreational gatherings, theatres, and cinemas will also open in this stage.”