Golf and tennis facilities reopen

HAVING spent seven weeks or so honing their putting skills on the kitchen or bathroom floor, many Lyme Regis Golf Club members took advantage of the golf course opening on Wednesday with the tee times were fully booked.

There are strict rules in place on social distancing and safe golf and these were well observed.

After the incredibly wet winter, and dry lockdown period, members were returning to a very different golf course. Lyme has an excellent green-keeping team, but with three of the team furloughed it was left to Jamie Hughes and Simon Rattenbury to ‘fly the green flag’ and they have done a magnificent job in excellent shape.

The new rules mean that only members can play if a booking is made in advance. Golf was in pairs unless there were three or more members within a family.

Club chairman John Coley and club captain Arthur Daines shared the marshalling and starting duties and the day went extremely well as many members got round in much less than three hours.

Although fully booked, the course did not seem crowded, and many players were just grateful to return to play.

There are some slight differences in that the bunkers have no rakes to avoid any risk of passing on germs, and the cups in the hole are inverted to allow easy retrieval of the ball without having to touch the flag.

Uplyme tennis courts have also reopened and are currently free to use for local residents.

The usual booking, payment and key collection service from the post office has been suspended due to social distancing restrictions, but the court is now open for free use, although donations would be gratefully received.

Those using the court should keep their playing time to a maximum of an hour if others are waiting. The court should only be used for playing tennis with tennis balls – no footballs or skateboards as this damages the surface.

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