January 30, 2023

All planned golf tournaments in three major clubs in Baguio have been put on hold until the National Task Force Against Covid-19 gives the go-signal through the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

This explains why the supposed Charter Day fun golf with limited number of players set at the Baguio Country Club and Pinewoods Golf & Country Club was suspended indefinitely in strict compliance to the NGAP memorandum to all its members.

The fun golf was originally set for two days last September but was rescheduled in October. The organizers, in strict adherence to national directives, have postponed the event until further notice.

Golf is one of the sports allowed by the national task force to be played in areas under general and modified community quarantine being a non-contact sport while physical distancing is observed in open spaces.

But on Oct. 26, the national task force has reminded the NGAP of its earlier directive following reports of alleged violations committed by some golf clubs in Metro Manila, such as holding golf tournaments, which is in violation of the implementation of the community quarantine in the country.

Reports said some of the clubs in Manila that violated the quarantine protocols were issued suspension orders by chief executives with territorial jurisdictions over these clubs.

The task force then directed NGAP to see to it all rules and regulations in relation to the conduct of golf activities are strictly complied with by all club members nationwide.

NGAP Secretary General Bones Floro has directed all club members, including BCC, Pinewoods, and Camp John Hay to refrain from allowing golf tournaments.

“The NGAP leadership has signified its willingness to help address Covid-19-related issues among the golf clubs in the country. We are now working out on a more detailed recommendation to the national task force specifying safety protocols for the mandatory compliance of all golf clubs,” Floro said in a letter to all golf clubs. – Press release