Coronavirus update
last updated:  05/07/20  |  Total Club Page Views:1,585,504
**Update 5/7/20**
The reservation system is now available, go here to book your times.

As a club we are not allowed to book any tournaments yet, but some members booked some morning times on Wilson for Opening Day this Saturday between 7-9am and are going to be putting together a net/gross skins game. Space is limited so it's a first come basis, if you're interested write me and I'll pass on your name to the organizer.

**Update 5/6/20**

For those of you who couldn't attend our Zoom board meeting last night there were a couple important takeaways from our guest presentations that we want to share with you:

1- LA County will be making an announcement on the reopening of courses "sooner than you think." We will send an email to the club as soon as we get word that the reservation system has opened. There will be no walk-ons, reservatons only.
2- Respect the rules of social distancing. Golf is one of the first industries to reopen so the world will be watching how we conduct our business. Don't hang out before or after your round - pay, play, go home! 

For the near future the City is not booking any tournaments on it's courses, but we are looking into what a limited field, social distance GPGC event at an away course might look like. We're also looking into another virtual poker event since our last one was such a success. And if you have any final submissions for the GPGC golf trick shot video content on our Facebook page you better get that in soon, entries are about to close.

More info from us, the SCGA and LA City to come soon, stay tuned.
Greg Bertens

**Update 4/20/20**

Many of you have been asking for information about the eventual reopening of the GP courses. Today (April 20th) the City of Los Angeles' Dept of Recreation and Parks Golf Advisory Committee met for a virtual meeting where information was shared on this and related topics. Thanks to board member Steve Bloom for his detailed notes below. 


Golf Manager Report: Laura Bauernfeind:


1.   Courses remain closed, but with maintenance staffing at normal levels.  Cart barn and range staff have been reassigned to other duties within Rec and Parks.  Greens, tees, and some fairways punched.  Bunkers worked on.  Lots of maintenance being done that there isn’t normally time for.  Course managers and starter staff are also working on a variety of projects they otherwise normally can’t get to.

   There is no answer yet to when the courses will reopen.  (She says the fact that City is using City employees is a distinct advantage just now—that County, where all courses are contracted out, aren’t being as well maintained as much of the staff is/was furloughed/laid-off.)  When they do reopen, expect:

a.   if carts are allowed, they’ll be single rider;

b.   12 minute intervals to avoid bunching up, and at split times at GP and Sepulveda (8:00 and 8:12, say, on Wilson while 8:06 and 8:18 on Harding;)

c.   Plexiglas between starter and the public;

d.   a methodology to accept prepayment of greens fees on line for those who want to do so;

e.   nothing that can be touched—no rakes, no ball washers, no sand bottles, no fountains, no benches/tables;

f.     foam noodles in the cups;

g.   pins to be left in the cup;

h.   take-away food and drink only;

i.     ranges probably open but with restrictions to avoid congregating;

j.     practice areas—chipping, putting—closed;

k.   no walk-on or walk-up play—reservations only.

3.   Construction continues at GP and Penmar.  At GP the subfloors have been replaced, the restaurant and bar framing has been done, and “they’re making good progress.”

4.   The City Men’s Championship and the City Women’s Championship will be postponed, as opposed to cancelled; the other championships probably will be cancelled.

5.   There will be no tournament, or club, play “for the time being.”  They’ll be guided by LA County Health, so that group play will start when restrictions on gatherings ease.

We'll be sure to inform you of any further updates as they become available. In the meantime please continue to be safe and stay healthy. 

**Update 3/22/20**


As of midnight 3/21/2020 LA courses have been officially closed by LA County health officials. Players who have prepaid for St. Patty's Shamble, 36 Hole Stroke Play Championship and The Desert Open events will be issued credits to their GPGC account. Please allow us a few days to reconcile these credits. We're looking to reschedule these cancelled events to later in the year and will be in touch about our upcoming schedule in the coming days, including extending deadlines for Fourball matches. Any questions regarding this please contact me directly.

Nothing is as important as your health and safety, please follow the recommendations of public officials as we move through this difficult time together. Know that as soon as this clears we'll be the first back out there, but in the meantime let's stay positive and keep in touch via our social accounts, texts and calls.

Take care friends,
Greg Bertens
President, GPGC

**Update 3/13/20**

As we are all aware there is great concern about the spreading coronavirus both worldwide and here at home in Los Angeles. Our members' safety is our number one priority. Following the advice of public health officials regarding social gatherings, and the lead of professional sport organizations as well as the SCGA, we are suspending all GPGC events until further notice. This suspension includes events currently on sale — St. Patty’s Shamble, 36 Hole Stroke Play Championship and the Desert Open — as well as all upcoming events on the calendar. For now, any signups/payments made for upcoming events will be stored for a possible reschedule of those events. In the case of the Fourball Championship, it’s possible members can play and report their self-scheduled matches, but we will be extending Fourball deadlines based on what we learn in the coming weeks. 
This is a very fluid situation that we will be monitoring over the coming weeks. I will be in touch as information comes in as it applies to our club. 
Please be safe out there, wash your hands frequently and try to enjoy this time with your families.
If you have any questions please contact me directly.
Greg Bertens
President, GPGC