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Golf Australia communication regarding COVID-19
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Dated 16 December 2021

Dear Victorian Golf Clubs and Facilities,

As announced by the Victorian Government yesterday, the Open Premises Order commenced at 11.59pm on 15 December 2021 and ends at 11.59pm on 12 January 2022.

Golf Operations Advice:

Clause 28 of the Pandemic Open Premises Order relates to Physical Recreation Facilities. Clause 14 (1) (b) (ii) of Schedule 2 lists golf as being Physical Recreation.

Social golf, club competition golf and practice continue to be considered ‘Physical Recreation’ as opposed to ‘Community Sport’ and as such participants must be fully vaccinated or be an excepted person in order to participate.

The objective of the Order is to impose obligations in relation to vaccination against COVID-19 upon:

  1. Operators of certain Open Premises in the State of Victoria; and
  2. Patrons that attend the premises.

Note: A person commits an offense if the person refuses or fails to comply with a Pandemic Order, or with a direction given to the person, or a requirement made of the person, in the exercise of a pandemic management power.

Penalty: In the case of a natural person, 60 penalty units ($10,904).
Penalty: In the case of a body corporate, 300 penalty units ($54,952).

The Operator of an Open Premises must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a patron does not enter, or remain on, the premises if:

  1. The patron is not fully vaccinated;
  2. Is not an excepted person.

Clause 12 of Schedule 2 of the Pandemic Open Premises Order refers to food and drink premises which includes club licences.


  • Unvaccinated patrons are permitted to enter retail (golf shop) facilities. As patrons still need to be vaccinated to play golf and to use the clubhouse, we anticipate this will have minimal impact on the operations at golf facilities;
  • Face masks must still be worn within retail environments of your facility.

Hospitality Operations Advice:

  • No density limits will apply to indoor or outdoor spaces;
  • Only regular licence capacity limits apply to your venue;
  • Vaccination requirements haven’t changed for participants or workers;
  • Patrons under 18 years of age are not required to show acceptable evidence that they are fully vaccinated or are an excepted person; (This provision will need clarification from the government to determine if patrons under 18 years of age are permitted to play golf and or enter the premises)
  • Masks do not need to be worn in hospitality areas by patrons;
  • Masks will still be required for workers serving patrons within your hospitality areas;
  • COVID Check-in Marshal required at each entrance;
  • COVID Check-in Marshal not required if premises are unstaffed;
  • The Workplace Orders require all premises to have an up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan.

Victorian Government directives:

You can access the Victorian Government directives by clicking here.

Golf Australia contact:

If you require additional information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact John Stamp, Club & Facility Support Manager – Victoria, on 0418 395 140 or

PGA of Australia contact:

If PGA members require additional information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Barker, Senior State Manager on (03) 8320 1911 or

Kind regards

Damien de Bohun

General Manager – Clubs & Facilities
Golf Australia