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Diss Golf Club ready to reopen to its members from Monday

Diss Golf Club is preparing to reopen its course after a lengthy hibernation – a process they hope to never have to repeat again.

It has been a year unlike any other for all sporting clubs and venues, many of which have been forced to shut down for a significant period on more than one occasion due to Covid.

However, as part of the government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown, golf clubs are among those that will be permitted to get back up and running from Monday.

Steven Peet, general manager at Diss Golf Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Steven Peet, general manager at Diss Golf Club. Picture: Mark Bullimore

And this time around, general manager Steven Peet has everything crossed that a sense of normality will eventually be restored.

“From our perspective most of our core demographic will have had their first vaccine, which is very reassuring,” he said.

“As long as people are sensible – and I’m sure they will be – then everything should run smoothly.

“We really hope this is the last time we had to lock things down. Our staff and members have been patient but it doesn’t bare thinking about having to shut it all down again.

“Our tee booking system for the 29th went live at 12pm last Friday and within 11 minutes we were 70 per cent full, so it’s fair to say there is a big demand.

“Our members have missed out on a lot of golf and we cannot wait to welcome them back.”

While Peet would have much preferred to have been able to keep the course open, the enforced closure has allowed him and his team to carry out some maintenance work around the facility.

He added: “We’ve actually been really busy. I’ve been able to do some strategic planning and the greenkeepers have worked really hard.

“They’ve been doing things that would have been tough to do if the course had been full – cutting down trees, external maintenance work on the clubhouse, that sort of thing.

“We had that horrible flood just before Christmas which left certain parts of the course under water for a couple of months but that is drying out now and we’re hopeful that all 18 holes will be ready and available by the 29th.”

Peet also confirmed that the club would only be available to members for the time being, with access for visitors and competitions potentially available from May.

“We just want to get as many members as we can back playing for now,” he said. “They’ve missed out on a lot.”

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