24/03/2020 – The Golf Course Remains Open

Dear Golfers,

Our club remains closed until further notice however, the golf course is open! Not only is it a great place to be right now, but the weather is also awesome and the course is getting back into good condition. So if you play in our club competitions or have a regular social game with your mates, we are ready for you to tee it up.

COVID-19 Additional Safety Measures

The R&A supported by Golf Australia and the various State bodies have announced a series of temporary measures that will enable clubs to reduce any hygiene implications related to the Corona Virus (COVID–19) and complying with the Rules of Golf.  

The new arrangements, as notified below, will apply as Local Rules for the playing of Competition Golf on the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. These Local Rules are on the Local Rules Board outside the door of the Pro-shop.


  • Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).
  • Enter your Marker’s score on your card e.g. your scorecard should have both sets of scores recorded.  
  • It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place.
  • Write your Marker’s name where your Marker would normally sign.
  • Scorecards are to be entered into the kiosk as usual.  Please use a pencil or tee when ‘tapping’ the screen. Doing this will alleviate the need to touch the screen with any part of one’s person. Once the scores have been entered place your cards into the box, as you would normally do.
  • Committee members and pro shop staff will continue to check the cards while doing ‘closeout’ but will use protective gloves when handling the scorecards.


  • Players MUST leave the flagstick in the hole at all times.
  • If over the coming days/weeks this rule is not adhered to, the golf committee has decided a further Local Rule will be applied where players will incur a Standard Penalty (2 Shots) for breaching of the Local Rule.

The Hole

  • A device will be placed in each hole to ensure that players can lift their ball easily out of the hole without touching the sides of the cup.  A ball at rest in the hole will be considered to be holed even if it is not entirely below the level of the hole.
  • Please do not pick-up another person’s golf ball.


  • Rakes have been removed from all Bunkers.  It is recognised that bunkers may not be smoothed as effectively, as when rakes are on the course but we consider this to be acceptable in mitigating the risk of transmission. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club after their shot.
  • Should your ball come to rest in an area that has not been ‘smoothed’ adequately, players may place their ball within a card length of the affected lie. Good practice would be to consult your playing partner if you deemed it necessary to ‘place’ your ball.    
  • Bunkers will be machine screed by the Greens’ staff as is done now in the normal course of bunker maintenance.   

Sand Buckets

Sand buckets should continue to be used to fill divots. Our suggestion to players is that they handle the bucked with their ‘gloved’ hand or using a piece of cloth for added protection.


 In compliance with Government and Golf NSW directives for “social distancing” we are limiting carts to 1-person-use only. This means 2 persons cannot ride in a cart together. Non-compliance will see the cart removed from you. This action will apply immediately until further notice.  

Please return the cart to the designated cleaning area and the key to the designated bin in the pro shop for cleaning.

The Pro Shop

  • Doors have been wedged open for your safety
  • Payments at the pro shop are now cashless. Card payments Only.
  • PLEASE Only 2 Customers at any 1 time in the pro shop
  • Water bubblers and air hose have been taken out of service.

These measures have been put in place for your safety and the safety of others. We ask you to strictly adhere to these changes until further notice.

Finally, on behalf of the team at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club, we look forward to seeing you at the golf course enjoying the great outdoors.

23/03/2020 – Temporary Shutdown

Dear Valued Members and Patrons,

As of today, we are temporarily closing our doors of both the Gungahlin Lakes Club and Ainslie Football & Social Club to comply with the Government’s decision to shutdown all licensed venues.

On our side, rest assured we will do everything we can to support our staff and community during these challenging times.

Please stay safe, but also remain kind and compassionate to one another. This can be challenging in times of uncertainty, but we need to keep our community mindset strong so we can get through this as quickly as possible.

Of course, we are already missing you.

Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates and information on when we are going to reopen: http://www.ainsliegroup.com.au/coronavirus-updates/

We look forward to seeing you soon.


When are you going to reopen?

Unfortunately, we still do not know at this stage. Please keep checking our website for the latest updates: http://www.ainsliegroup.com.au/coronavirus-updates/

What happens to my membership and vouchers while the club remains closed?

The duration of all memberships and vouchers will be extended for the time being.

How can I get in touch while you are closed?

You can still contact us through our website, Facebook pages, and the following email address:


We will do our best to respond to all enquiries in a timely manner.

Can I still play golf while he club is closed?

Yes, our golf course remains open, please ensure you are practicing social distancing (stay 1.5 metres or more from other people) while playing.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch as outlined above.


A note from our CEO on the current situation

Dear Valued Members and Customers,

As new cases of COVID-19 have started to emerge in the ACT, I would personally like to assure you we are taking every precaution to minimise risk and ensure the safety of our employees, patrons and the broader community.

Here, I just wanted to highlight some of the special measures we are implementing to contain the risk of the virus in our venues as much as possible.

We have placed free hand sanitising stations throughout our facilities, and I encourage everyone to use them. The tables in our restaurants and bars have been moved at least 1.5 metres apart from each other, where possible, as per direction of the Department of Health on social distancing. We are also conducting additional cleaning of all our tables, surfaces, and floors. Our bathrooms are equipped with single-use toilet tissues; we have got plenty of them (but please be considerate). I’d like to recommend using contactless payment methods, when possible; we won’t charge you extra for it.

Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of our staff and customers, so rest assured we will be adopting best practices as recommended by our Government and Health Department.

At this stage, we don’t anticipate any change in our opening hours and we continue to operate as usual, until further notice.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, we have created this section to share updates, so please keep watching this space.

On behalf of all of us at Ainslie Group, I’d like to thank you for your continued support in such unusual circumstances as we proudly continue to serve our communities.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact reception or speak to our friendly staff at the club.

Yours Sincerely,

Simon Patterson

Ainslie Group CEO

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