31st March 2020
Tanunda Pines Golf Club
Important changes have been made to playing golf at Tanunda Pines effective immediately.
The most recent changes have reduced the number of people permitted in gatherings from 10 to 2. They do however continue to support people undertaking exercise, so long as it is consistent with social distancing principles and in groups of no more than 2.
Consistent with these changes golf will now be structured as exercise only and not a competition.
The following will apply from Tuesday 31st March 2020:
The Federal Government continues to advise people in high risk categories to stay at home in the current circumstances. Members and Visitors are free to choose whether they play golf but we remind you to consider your own personal risk factors including age and health.
Those that have already booked on timesheets for the coming days these will be updated by the Club. We have made the necessary changes of reducing all bookings to be 2 people and have tried to accommodate members and visitors as close as possible to the original booking but your playing time may have changed. Please contact the Club to double check your booking time or to rearrange your booking.
We must also reiterate the changes that were brought in last week,
On the golf course the greenkeepers have turned the cups upside down in the hole and the flagstick is NOT to be removed under any circumstances, with this we have implemented a temporary local rule - When you are putting only, if your ball strikes the base of the flag or the cup and bounces out of the hole, your ball is to be considered holed. We have removed all rakes from bunkers, the best way to smooth the surface after your shot is either by using your clubhead or your foot. We have now changed all bunkers to be a preferred lie, this will mean you can place your ball no nearer the hole within 1 club length of the original position, but still in the bunker, for no penalty. You will also notice on the practice putting green we have removed all flagsticks from the holes.
We would like to thank everyone of you for your understanding during this difficult time and hope to see you out here for a social round of golf soon.
Take care of yourselves and one another,
Adelaide is blessed with several fine golf courses with Royal Adelaide, Kooyonga, The Grange and Glenelg at the top of the order. However there are others to consider as well, especially if one decides to visit the fabulous Barossa Valley wine region where Tanunda Pines weaves its fairways among 100 year old gnarly gums alive with what seems to be every variety of native parrot in the nation. The course itself has surprisingly sandy loam as a base. This makes for excellent, tightly packed fairways and fast greens. The great Scottish architect Alister Mackenzie visited Adelaide in the early 1920's and wrote: "The ideal hole is surely one that affords greatest pleasure to the greatest number, gives the fullest advantage for accurate play, stimulates players to improve their games and never becomes monotonous. Multiply that by 18 and you have an ideal golf course." Well, Tanunda Pines fits nicely into that description. Tee shots demand technique as much as power, approach shots that employ the old grey matter, tight fairways and fast greens- it's got the lot. -By Tom Ramsey