Welcome to Chapman
The 18 hole, 6582 metre course is intricately incorporated into a parkland setting with its undulating manicured terrain, entwined by the clever use of a major tributary of the Mukuvisi River. The bentgrass greens at Chapman conform to the highest international standards and Peter Matkovich designed the water features to form an integral part of the course where even professional golfers will find them a challenge.
New Subscription Fees Structure
The Club now has a Chapman Golf Club members WhatsApp communication channel.
The purpose of this media will be to funnel any meaningful and relevant information directly to you as quickly as possible.
The idea will be to keep you informed of the current news and updates of the Club. The channel will also be used to pass on information regarding Club Competitions, Golf Course work and social Functions.
Chapman Golf Club Group 1 : https://chat.whatsapp.com/C89o6JXMoie9EA2QkIftyb
Chapman Golf Club Group 2 : https://chat.whatsapp.com/H1DArtXUP3K8wvUQZjsnoZ
Only Chapman admin will be posting on the Groups (Non Interactive Group).
ZIMBABWE GOLF ASSOCIATION PROTOCOL AND GUIDLENES: MAY 2020
These guidelines are in respect of Golf activities following orders amending certain
provisions of the SI 077 of 2020 on the Declaration of the State of Disaster and
Supplementary and Amendment Orders thereafter designating low risk sports and Golf
The guidelines constitute a secondary protocol with SI 110 of 2020 and any other
Regulations which may be announced by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC)
being the principal regulations.
The primary consideration is the resumption of the sport within a compliant
framework and enhances self-regulation which is a fundamental principle of the game
in its usual and normal construction. Clubs are encouraged to develop further
guidelines to supplement their membership constitutive documents and in doing so
shall ensure consistency with the national guidelines.
NB: Only Golf Activities booked officially through the clubs will be considered as
competing for the purposes of interpreting these Regulations.
- COMPLIANCE WITH SI 110 OF 2020
(i) Courses to be open between 08:00 hrs and 16:30hrs. This limitation
extends to practise facilities until further notice.
(ii) Bars in the Clubhouse remain closed and the Ministry of Health (MOH)
Regulations will give further direction on this prohibition.
(iii) All other service facilities at the club with the exception of the pro-shop,
half-way (for grab and go only) and ablutions shall remain closed.
(iv) Clubs must ensure that players and staff are subjected to temperature
screening and follow guidelines in the event of any abnormal observations
or refusal to comply by a player or staff member.
(v) Sanitizing material and running water must be readily available to players,
staff and visitors to the club.
- GROUP BOOKINGS AND CORPORATE GOLF
(i) Group and Corporate golf tournaments will initially remain suspended
until all further self-regulating consultations have been concluded and
communicated through clubs.
(ii) Bookings to be confined to a group as defined in the Rules of Golf.
(iii) Groups of players belonging to the same club (also known as Schools) will
be subject to club protocols.
(iv) Where clubs open their courses to non-members i.e. guests, a detailed
register with full contact details must be kept in case the need for contact
tracing by the authorities arise. Protection Of Personal Information (PIPO)
must be observed and guaranteed at all times.
- PLAYING CONDITIONS AND LOCAL RULES
(i) Playing groups to be limited to a maximum of four (4) balls
(ii) Starting gaps of a minimum of 10 minutes to avoid waiting periods on tee
(iii) Each group must carry sanitizers for use whenever in contact with course
equipment including pin flags, hole liners and tee markers.
(iv) The use of Golf buggies to be limited to the player only unless shared with
a family member ordinarily staying at the same household. Buggies must
be disinfected at all times before use.
(v) Ready golf and putt-out to apply on the greens to avoid congestion.
(vi) Electronic scoring is encouraged and Apps for downloads are available
and this include HNA. Where golf cards are used, it is not necessary to
exchange them for now and scores can still be called and verification
orally attested. Our game will always rely on the integrity of the player.
(vii) The stableford format is encouraged due to its onerous rules.
- PRACTISE FACILITIES
(i) Opening times apply to practice facilities including the range.
(ii) Normal physical distancing at practise bays to be maintained at a
minimum of 3 metres.
(iii) Range balls must be sanitized before use by the next player
(iv) Staff manning the range to be equipped with essential PPEs
particularly where ball retrieving is not mechanically operated.
(i) SI 110 of 2020 prohibits the sharing of equipment and the use of a
caddie carrying equipment for use by the player has been interpreted to
constitute sharing of equipment.
(ii) A ball spotter may be engaged only for that purpose subject to all other
conditions applicable to the player.
(ii) While we take cognisant of the plight of this critical stakeholder to our game,
their engagement will be under constant review to mitigate against their loss of
- CLUB PROTOCOLS
(i) In addition to the above regulations, clubs are requested to produce
further club specific rules which must not be ultra vires these
regulations. Where the club is uncertain as to procedure, they should
(ii) refer the matter to ZGA who may give direction at the instance or
consult with the SRC and the R&A.
(iii) Club regulations should also not be in conflict with the rules of golf as
this may have an impact on other related rules like those relating to
(iv) Clubs to apply contactless booking and payment systems to minimise
contact with administration staff.
(v) The halfway must be visibly disinfected at regular intervals.
- PENALTY FOR BREACH OF REGULATIONS
– (i) Any breach of these supplementary regulations will be considered serious
breach and normal club sanctions will apply. Where a penalty of suspension
is imposed to a golfer in breach by the club, it will be executed by all clubs
under the auspices of the ZGA. This will however not derogate from the
member’s right for review should this be contained in the Club’s internal
– A breach of Ministerial and SRC Regulations will be dealt with by the relevant
authorities in terms of the applicable laws.
ZGA will continue consultations with all stakeholders including those representing
Ladies and Professional Golf and communicate with the Provincial Unions as well as
the Clubs to provide regular updates to their members. Meanwhile, we welcome any
further input though the clubs for continuous review.
The moral and legal duties arising from these regulations require the strict cooperation and patience of all golfers.
President – Zimbabwe Golf Association
Cc- All Provincial Union Presidents; Club Management
Dear Club Members
Following the statutory Instrument guidelines SI 077 of 2020 referring to the relaxation of regulations regarding low risk sports of which Golf is designated
The Zimbabwe Golf Association has recommended the following guide lines, In order for the club to be compliant to SI 110 of 2020.
Chapman Golf course will be allowed to open from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm only, The Club house remains closed for the purpose of socialising.
Arrival and security:
- The Club will only be open to receive Chapman members, no visitors or Guest members of other clubs will be able to access the club and course.
- This will be true of Corporate members and no business guests will be allowed
- All members will be required to stop at the boom gate where their body temperatures will be taken and access permitted if they read normal.
- Persons coming to the club must wear a face mask.
- Security guards will avoid personal contact with visitors and members. Members will continue to gain access without contact through the members boom, and visitors will only have the licence plate of their vehicle recorded as per norm. the arrival of visitors will only be to gain access to the administration office for the delivery of essential commodities. The reusable ticket system will be discontinued.
Members are encouraged to phone ahead and book times so that they gain smooth entry at the boom gate.
- All access to the main clubhouse will be off limits including the changing rooms.
- Access is granted to the admin offices for the purposes of paying Golf fees
- The Club has a program of environment spraying and will be disinfecting. The whole club house area, including kitchens, caddy areas and golf admin.
- When signing in at the Pro Shop, Members will be able to swipe their membership cards, and you can retrieve your slip from the printer yourself. Whilst a staff member can sign the sheet for you.
- While queuing in the Pro Shop, please keep your distance of 2 meters from the person in front of you and avoid conversations and contact. Hand sanitiser will be present on the counter.
- The club has placed sanitiser hot spots around the premises ie. Golf admin, caddy area, and lower terrace. In addition, the sanitiser will be available in the bars, in admin, pro shop and at the boom gate.
- The golf course will be open but only to Chapmen members If a member appears to be sick, coughing, sneezing etc, the club reserves the right to not allow them to play and may ask them to leave the club immediately, without coming into contact with anyone else.
- Caddies will not be allowed, whether it is a regular chapman caddie or if a member brings his or her own. A person may accompany the players for the purpose as a spotter but may not carry bags or equipment
It is recommended that players use a trolley, rather than carrying their bags.
- It is recommended that players do not attempt to rake the bunkers, this will be managed by the grounds staff.
- Golf cart usage. All golf carts used on the course, privately owned or rented, are required to be sprayed (disinfected) before being allowed on the course.
On the golf course, it is recommended that you leave the flag in and avoid contact with the flag.
The flag poles will be prone to ‘carrying the virus’ if contact is made with someone who is infected. For those golfers who wear gloves, it would be good practice to put your glove on to retrieve your ball from the hole.
- It is recommended that all golfers carry their own sanitisers with them and use before teeing off on each hole and wherever else they feel appropriate.
- Practice area, Including the range will only be accessed by Chapman members, the pros will not be allowed to teach non chapman members includes members of other clubs or visitors.
- Tee off times will be extended to have a 10-minute gap between playable times, starting times will commence at 8.00 am and continue till 12.30 pm for players wanting to play 18 holes. From 12.30 pm till 2.00 pm members can play 9 holes only
- Members will not be allowed to start a game after 2.00 pm.
- All pre-set rules and bookings will be discontinued, whoever has booked the course for that time plays.
- No outside societies can play, strictly Chapman members only.
- Members will be required to leave the golf course and vacate the premises by 4.30 pm. As guided by the statutory instrument.
- The clubhouse, including the lower terrace and half way veranda, will be operating under restricted conditions, and the catering service will be restricted to individually wrapped items such as sandwiches, pies etc.
- The men’s and ladies locker rooms will remain closed and the club recommends the use of the ground floor bathroom facilities.
- Staff will be doing regular disinfecting of door handles and other contact points in these areas.
- To be doubly sure please feel welcome to bring your own towels, sanitisers etc to supplement the club’s procedures
- All furniture (tables and chairs) on the veranda will be regularly disinfected
- The lower bar terrace bar will remain open. But only for the service of non alcoholic drinks. As per SI
- The lower bar terrace will be closed by 4.30 pm.
- Hand wash schedules will be put in place for the staff, and we encourage golfers to wash their hands as frequently as possible as well whilst at the club.
- The showers facilities will be shut and the heaters will be switched off. The attendants will continue to spray these areas at regular intervals.
- Hand sanitiser will be present on the counter.
- When in and around the club house please continue the use of wearing face masks.
- That the club will not hold any Meeting, Golf Days, functions and weddings at the club for the next 60 to 90 days to be reviewed at the end of this period.
- The club has rescheduled those events that were booked to future dates so that the club does not lose unnecessary revenue.
- That the A.G.M. has been postponed. And a new date will be prepared strictly on a limited rsvp.
That no further board or committee meeting takes place physically, and that points for any agenda are circulated and discussion points raised via what’s app.
The subscriptions that were billed for the 2nd qtr April through to June will be reversed. The new billing period will commence from 1 st June to end August. Members who paid their subscriptions for this period will have their amounts credited off the new fees payable on the 1 st June.
Financial Implications for the Club.:
Club revenue is not just a matter of subscriptions but a combination of revenue from multiple sources such as Food and Beverage revenue, Course hire venue, Meeting hire and Sponsor advertising.
It goes without saying that a reduction in the footprint of members at the club will have a detrimental effect on the club revenue. And the next few weeks and months are going to be financially challenging.
All members have the freedom of choice to decide for themselves whether they want to play golf and socialize during this period or not, and we as a club want to encourage members to make their own decisions. however, the board wish to point out that if members fall into the “at risk “category, ie those with impaired respiratory capacity or weak hearts, or have lower immune capacity serious consideration should be given if the member wants to risk socialising.
As a management group and board, we are simply making the environment as safe as possible should you choose to continue to play Golf at Chapman
Finally, the board would like to thank you, our members, for your understanding, patience and support in this potentially difficult and trying time