Message from the Captain

Dear Fellow Members,

You will all be aware of how the coronavirus outbreak has affected people, businesses and organisations in Hong Kong and the wider region – and the Club has taken a proactive approach to implementing precautionary measures to minimise the risk of infection. These measures have been made with the health and well-being of all members, guests, visitors and staff at both Deep Water Bay and Fanling very much in mind.

These measures, which have been communicated to members over the past few weeks, include the following:

  • Members, guests, visitors and staff must have their temperature checked upon entry to both Deep Water Bay and Fanling. Anyone who has a body temperature of 37.6°C and above will be asked to leave the premises and advised to seek medical attention.
  • Anyone who has visited Mainland China in the past 14 days or who is experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to refrain from using any of the Club’s facilities, including the courses.
  • All staff have been advised not to travel to Mainland China. Any staff members who have returned to Hong Kong from Mainland China in the last two weeks must undergo mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days before resuming work.
  • All front-of-house service staff – including waiting staff, reception staff, cleaning staff, Golf Shop staff, Golf Operations staff and Security staff – are required to wear masks, at all times.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning across both clubhouses, with particular attention paid to public areas, locker rooms, toilets, the Children’s Playground, doorknobs and handles, elevator buttons and carpets.
  • The Children’s Play Room at Fanling has been closed, as have the saunas in both clubhouses.
  • All junior group coaching and golf camps have been suspended until 20 April.
  • To increase ventilation, the doors and windows in the public areas of both clubhouses are kept open during daylight hours.
  • Golf cart surfaces, including the GPS screen and steering wheel, are chemically washed.
  • Caddies’ towels are sanitized before use.

The Club continues to closely monitor the situation and is ready to adopt further measures following any relevant Government announcements. To that end, we are now advising anyone who has visited South Korea in the past 14 days – including members, member guests, visitors and staff – to not go to the Club, following the Government’s restriction on people travelling from that country in light of the worsening coronavirus outbreak there.

As we saw during SARS in 2003, outdoor pursuits including golf have become extremely popular during this time, with people understandably looking to enjoy themselves in the fresh air. As a result, the Club has been extremely busy, with tee times being booked up very quickly once they become available. The situation has been exacerbated somewhat by the fact that many courses across the border in Guangdong province have been shut throughout the period, while the public courses at Kau Sai Chau have also temporarily closed their doors since 8 February.

It is the Club’s desire to accommodate more members on the courses at Fanling than we have recently been able to, which is why we have decided to temporarily limit the number of playing guests that members can introduce on any given weekday to one guest per member per day. For more details please refer to Club Management’s email that was sent to you earlier today. This measure comes into effect from Thursday 5 March (with advance booking of tee times commencing tomorrow, Thursday 27 February) and will be in place until Thursday 30 April 2020, subject to a review of the situation at the appropriate time.

It must be said that we have seen a marked increase in the number of members’ guests playing golf at Fanling. In fact, of the total rounds played at Fanling so far during February, approximately 30% of these have been played by members’ guests. During this time, around 9% of the rounds have been played by visitors.

It is of course our wish to provide a pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone who plays golf at both Deep Water Bay and Fanling, and to that end we have also implemented temporary measures that apply to visitors. These are as follows:

  • Visitor walk-ins are not permitted at Deep Water Bay and Fanling, and access to the clubhouse is limited to only those players who have a confirmed tee time.
  • Visitors who have confirmed bookings at Fanling can only arrive at the Club no more than one hour prior to their tee time.
  • Visitors may only use the driving range at Fanling before their rounds, and not after their booked tee times.

We believe that the above temporary measures will help to ease the capacity constraints that we have seen at both Deep Water Bay and Fanling, which in turn will enhance our members’ experience.

I would like to thank all members for their understanding at this time as well as our Club staff for their commitment.

I look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.

William Doo, Jr.