Setting out a strategic road map for re-opening is of paramount importance for golf clubs that are primed to recommence operations in the coming weeks.
Although approval for golf courses in and around Bangkok to proceed with their operations had been expected to be given in May, according to various reports the lockdown is now likely to be extended until June 1.
James Shippey, Managing Director at Bangkok-based Absolute Golf Services (AGS) and a Board Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF), said: “The situation is fairly fluid at the moment. There are varying announcements that have been made by courses around Thailand, potentially re-opening sometime in May. But we haven’t heard anything direct from the Government or from any of the local authorities at this stage.”
Nonetheless, after a month-long lay-off brought on by Government restrictions imposed by Covid-19, Shippey says it’s unrealistic to expect an immediate return to ‘normality’.
Speaking in the latest in a series of podcasts with leading industry figures that are being broadcast on the AGIF’s revamped website – www.agif.asia – Shippey said all golfing establishments need to have a proper plan of action prior to re-opening their doors for business.
“When you’re re-opening a golf course, it’s not just a case of turning on the lights and away you go,” said Shippey, whose company manages Thana City Country Club and acts as management consultants at Nikanti Golf Club, Royal Gems City Golf Club and Royal Gems Salaya Golf Resort.
He said: “Ahead of re-opening, it’s really important that plans are drawn up and all heads of department and stakeholders are involved so you have a strategic road map for re-opening. That way, when you do actually have your first guests back through the door, you’ll be able to deliver great service from the get-go.
“It’s very prudent that everyone looks at how they operate their facilities to make sure that social distancing is a key factor, making sure that staff and members and guests are safe.”
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