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Opened up...Gore Golf Club president Drewe Carran is rapt to have the course reopened.PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Golf made its return to Eastern Southland under Alert Level 3 this week, but not all clubs are teeing off.

It resumed on Tuesday after the Government allowed it to be played with a list of 20 rules outlined on New Zealand Golf’s website.

Among the restrictions were booking systems for players, closure of facilities, only playing within their bubble and the removal of flags from the courses.

Gore Golf Course president Drewe Carran said it was good to be back for the 170 club members.

“We owe it to our members and it’s been working well so far,” Carran said.

Players were required to contact Carran who allocated a time and they were given instructions on what was required.

“They’ve got to play in their bubbles or on their own.”

About 37 players went out on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The system’s been working good so far we’ve had no problems.”

The course was in good condition as the club had “amazing green keepers” who got on the case early.

“We’re pretty lucky .. there was lots of spraying beforehand.”

Riversdale Golf Club reopened under the strict restrictions too.

Secretary Stuart Riordan said players were required to contact the men’s and ladies’ club captains to schedule a time to ensure there was a tracing system in place.

Flags from the nine-hole course were removed and the toilets were unavailable, he said.

The club had 70 members and “very few” played this week.

However, Mataura Golf Club remained closed during Alert Level 3.

Course maintenance and committee member Murray Borthwick said the committee felt it could not abide by all the guidelines and it was best to remain closed for safety.

“We’re a group of volunteers,” Borthwick said.

“From our point of view it’s quite disappointing.

“We were on a roll with new members and put in quite a bit of work but everything’s ground to a halt.”

He hoped the club would reopen at Alert Level 2 for the club’s 100 members.

The course was in a good condition despite not being attended to for the first three weeks of Alert Level 4 lockdown, he said.