Les Ormes golf course to reopen

GOLFERS will be permitted back on the tees at Les Ormes from Friday following a decision to reopen the St Brelade course.

Les Ormes is set to welcome back golfers from Friday, following a month-long course closure due to Covid-19
Les Ormes is set to welcome back golfers from Friday, following a month-long course closure due to Covid-19

Groundstaff and management are ending their month-long closure at the holiday resort having learned from the likes of La Moye and Les Mielles, whose greens have remained open throughout the coronavirus pandemic under guidance from the Government of Jersey.

Strict restrictions will be enforced, including having to remain in your car until your tee time and either playing alone or with just one other member of your household.

Mike Graham, managing director of Les Ormes Resort, said: ‘Our initial reaction was to follow UK guidelines but over the last few weeks we have carefully watched La Moye and Les Mielles and how they have operated in a very responsible manner. We have watched their procedures and we’re going to do exactly the same thing.

‘La Moye and Les Mielles have had no issues and if it is done correctly and safely I see no good reason not to reopen. It has nothing to do with money, it’s just to allow people to get out and play golf, like other people walk their dog. Why shouldn’t they?

‘Hopefully within the next few months we will be able to reopen fully again, but that will be done gradually and of course no one knows how long this is going to go on for. We’ll just see how it goes.’

In an online post announcing the news, Les Ormes’ head greenkeeper Oliver Pennington said that hole cups will be place upside down to aid ball retrieval and he asked golfers to refrain from touching the flags. The club’s practice green, practice nets and bunkers will all remain closed and rounds must be completed within 90 minutes.

Bookings, at a maximum of two days in advance, can be made via the club’s online booking system.

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