Course Now Open - Cairns Golf Club

Cairns Golf Club - Phone (07) 4037 6700

Gnews generic'day Members,

We have finally received approval from all 4 of the different authorities (OLGR, Clubs Qld, Golf Australia and Qld Health) that Golf can reopen at Cairns Golf Club. The OLGR and Golf Australia Advices are shown at the bottom of this email so you can read in full.

The Course has reopened today (Friday 27th March) with strict guidelines.

The Club with the full backing of the Board, has had to cancel all forward bookings to allow the timesheets to be readjusted as per the Golf Australia guidelines, in particular for competition play.

All players will need to rebook into future competitions (only available through until Thurs 2nd April)

Please note these rules will be reviewed on Monday 30th March.

Competition & Social Play:

  • One Tee Start only, groups of 4 at 10 minute intervals
  • No Motorised Carts in use (due to sanitary requirements & large player numbers)
  • Walking Golf only (limited pull buggies available for hire)
  • No Alcohol for Sale for on course Consumption
  • Absolutely No BYO Alcohol (Instant ejection and potential Disciplinary action)
  • Social distancing, min 1.5m with no congregating of players.
  • Driving Range is open with all above rules in place.
  • Clubhouse Closed (Locker Room open for Access to Clubs)
  • Cups are placed in centre of all Greens (No Pins/flags, No NTP’s)
  • Bunkers GUR (no rakes on course)
  • No congregating post game, players must leave facility directly after game
  • Self Scoring of own card, no need for Marker Signature.
  • “Take Home” Alcohol Sales are permitted and will be available post game, not for onsite consumption.

This weekend there will be no food available other than pre-packaged snacks available in the Golf Shop.

The above guidelines are to ensure the Club does not become another “Bondi Beach” example of last weekend.

The will be more distancing and sanitary procedures in action at the facility when you attend.

Thanks for your understanding, in particular to Platinum & UCU Members who are impacted the most by these decisions. Again, all will be reviewed on Monday 30th of March.

Also repeating, our phones are being answered sporadically and if you have any specific questions please email them to me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call me directly on 0419 780 597

Cheers, Matt Bolton General Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph 4037 6703


Golf Australia Advice:

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates.

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.

Please note, all information communicated by Golf Australia to date will be located on our website at Our communications moving forward will contain only new information and updates.

It is Golf Australia’s recommendation to clubs and facilities that advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health should be monitored closely over the coming days and weeks, as well as the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website. Advice may change from day to day.

Please note, Golf Australia remains fully operational for all of your clubs and facilities support, rules and handicapping and competition management requirements. For contact details of each departmental area, please visit

This communication is Queensland specific and contains guidance from the Queensland Chief Health Officer, the Queensland Government Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General as well as from the Federal Government.

Member, Guest and Staff health advice

Golf clubs and facilities are often heavily trafficked, and there is a chance that a member, guest or member of your staff will be exposed to, or test positive to, COVID-19.

It is vitally important that if a member, guest or staff member tests positive to COVID-19, they must inform the club/facility as soon as possible. If this has occurred, anyone testing positive will be contacted by the State/Territory Department of Health in relation to contact tracing. You should then take advice on ongoing facility operations from your State/Territory Department of Health.

Clubhouse and Golf Operations

On Sunday, March 22 the Australian Government announced a closure – from midday, Monday, March 23 – of all pubs, licenced clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes (dining in), cinemas, casinos, places of worship gyms and indoor sporting venues.

It is Golf Australia’s advice that all clubhouses should be immediately closed for normal business. This advice has been given based on feedback received from State and Federal Governments across Australia. However, at this time Golf Australia believes that golf can and should continue to be played, whilst observing all social distancing protocols.

Considering the recent announcements, Clubs should be doing all they can to protect the privilege of being able to play our sport during these challenging times. Clubs should be actively discouraging the congregating of players and not drawing any undue attention to our hospitality offerings.

The Queensland Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jeanette Young and the Queensland Government Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, David Mackie have provided advice to Golf Australia that Queensland Golf Clubs can operate on their Golf Courses from Wednesday 25th March, 2020 in accordance with National Cabinets approved measures relating to outdoor gatherings which includes but is not limited to having groups less than 10 people and maintaining a 1.5m spacing.

Licensed golf clubs can sell take-home liquor to their members.

The consumption of the liquor on the premises e.g. in the club, around the club house, or on the course, is not allowed.

Pro shops can be used but people must not congregate in this area

Playing Golf:

It should be noted that the vast majority of golfers can and should continue to visit your clubs and facilities as per normal. Of course, golfers should exhibit a heightened awareness of personal hygiene as has been encouraged by state and federal health departments. By its nature, golf promotes a level of social distancing and while it is important that this is adhered to, golf is a lower risk sport than many others.

You should continue to review your operational plans. Practical examples of this include:

  • Removing ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Two-Tee’ Starts to reduce peak service loads across the course
  • Creating larger gaps in between groups on the tee sheet
  • Reducing or cancelling club competitions with a heightened focus on social play
  • Use of ‘Halfway Huts’ and ‘Catering Carts’ for takeaway food and beverage options (minus alcohol) to minimise service impacts from the closure of Clubhouses. Clubs and facilities should not offer seated areas. Encouraging members and guests to congregate in violation of social distancing restrictions and restrictions placed on bars, cafes and restaurants. It is important that golf clubs and facilities adhere to these restrictions to ensure golf can continue to be played and is not seen as flouting the restrictions in place for other businesses.
  • Review whether the Pro-Shop is an essential service and whether it can close, or operate in a reduced capacity.

It will continue to be important for club Boards and management to review contingencies to plan stages ahead for club operations should public information change.

Practices across your facility should display a heightened regard for the sanitation of surfaces, of which your cleaning chemical provider will be able to provide guidance on.

Staff and volunteers should exhibit a heightened awareness of personal hygiene as has been encouraged by state and federal health departments.

Golf Australia has collated a range of proactive actions that Clubs have implemented across the country. This list can be found on Golf Australia’s website, on the dedicated COVID-19 page, and will be updated from time to time. If Clubs would like to share what they are doing in their facility, they can send these stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


OLGR Approval:

Dear licensees

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has received a range of questions from licensees in relation to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have dealt with a number of the matters raised in the following Q&As and will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Q: Are golf clubs allowed to continue to operate?

A: Licensed golf clubs are permitted to allow people to play golf. However golf clubs are not permitted to sell alcohol or food for on-premises consumption. Clubs must adhere to the following: • The club house and external food and drink areas are to remain closed. • While you are permitted to sell alcohol for home consumption, it cannot be consumed on-premises or on a golf course that forms part of licensed premises. • The requirements of social distancing are to be adhered to while playing, i.e. at least 1.5m from the nearest person. Members, guests and reciprocal members may purchase alcohol for home consumption where the venue is operating a takeaway service.

Q: Can licensees offering takeaway now advertise outside their venue?

A: There is no restriction in the Liquor Act for advertising for takeaway alcohol or alcohol ordered online or by phone.

However, licensees should note that they cannot participate in unacceptable practices or promotions that encourage irresponsible consumption.

Q: Can I sell my alcohol through a third-party site?

A: No. Only persons who hold a liquor licence have the authority to sell or supply liquor. You can’t order alcohol through a third party. All orders have to go to the licensee but you can get the alcohol delivered through a third party.

All licensed premises should have a system of control in place to ensure liquor is not sold to minors or intoxicated persons.


Victoria Thomson
Commissioner Liquor, Gaming and Fair Trading