Dunheved Golf Club in NSW has been through its fair share of trauma so far in 2020. They have been working hard since early February to recover from severe storms that flooded and forced their club to close for over a month. They nearly had their course up and running when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and closed down the course to members yet again.
Luckily the club was able to reopen to members on 10th April following advise from the NSW government. Luke Sligar, superintendent at Dunheved has introduced strict social distancing for his staff to keep everyone safe during this difficult time and ensure the course can stay in great condition.
Luke has scattered the starting times for his staff and is encouraging them to take lunch out on the course with them to avoid everyone heading back to the shed for lunch. “They all start at different times, I prompt them and they do their jobs and leave at different times, this way they do not interact with other workers that much and I encourage them to call each other rather than face to face communication.”
The staff is not interacting as a team, but they are getting the job done well and safely. Luke has introduced strict measures to keep the crew safe and healthy, “They have all been issued their own spray bottle with disinfectant to spray and wipe down steering wheels and buttons/triggers on machines at completion of shifts. It has been tough as we are not really working as a team but more as individuals and we are still recovering from the storm/flood.”
The ASTMA wishes Luke and his crew as well as all courses around Australia all the best during these trying times.