COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

March 20, 2020 1 Comment

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

Update for March 31, 2020

Good morning Everyone,

News has come to our attention this morning regarding last night's announcement from the provincial government that 'All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed'. From the office of the government:

"In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario."

Thereby, it is with deep remorse to announce that we will need to deny access to the property indefinitely, for everyone, moving forward.

For more information, please click here.

We will keep you posted as we learn more.


The St. Marys Golf Team

Update for March 28, 2020

Hi Everyone,

From our families to yours, we hope that you are staying safe and have been able to self-isolate during these uncertain times. The hardest part for our team has not being able to see our members, golfers or wedding couples, in person. Although I'm sure most of us have discovered Zoom conference calls by now, it's just not the same! We thrive on working alongside you and feed off of human interaction. However for now, we encourage patience. This is a unique opportunity to practice your chipping game in the backyard, read golf lesson manuals, and spend time with family (you live with) at home.

For small local businesses, like ours, it's important that we continue to communicate and connect with our community. First, we are excited to announce that following our Early Bird membership event, our membership family is growing! Next, this coming week, we are opening our restaurant for take-out (only), including food, beer and wine! Executive Chef Nathan has been busy developing a new food menu that will be (partially) released this week for take-out orders starting Friday, April 3rd. And we will offering Family Dinners, releasing a new menu each weekend throughout April. Check back this coming week for more information on ordering instructions - click here.

It has been an another interesting week and like all of you, we are doing our best to manage the cards we have been dealt. We continue to remain closed until further direction from the government and are hopeful that the curve will start to flatten in the coming week, so that we can forecast when we can plan to return to normal operations.

We truly care about you all and consider each of you part of our family, thus why this has not been easy for us. Our entire team has been incredible throughout this entire process and for that, I am grateful. We remain optimistic and continue to promote a nationwide lock down, so that we can get back to 'normal' sooner, rather than later. Internally, we are using self-isolating procedures for our entire operations, including our golf maintenance operations, which are continuing throughout the mandatory closure.

Golf Course Maintenance Continues

With the National Golf Course Owner's Association's help, we have been approved by the Ontario Ontario government to continue turf maintenance operations at our golf course during the non-essential business closure! Some members of our office team, including General Manager Matt and Corporate Development Associate Mark, and from our Golf Operations Team, Eric and Kellen, and even our Executive Chef, Nathan, have been assisting Sandy, our Head Superintendent, and Arron, in up-keeping the grounds and preparing the golf course for the coming golf season. Furthermore, Sandy's team has put in numerous hours since November, trimming trees throughout the golf course - you will notice a dramatic change in the coming weeks. Please scroll below for photos of our golf course maintenance from the past couple of weeks.

If anything, this experience has reminded me how much I love the game of golf. It may not feel like soon enough, but we will back swinging the sticks soon.

PS > Next week, we will be sending out information on an exclusive online World Handicap Seminar with Golf Ontario - so stay tuned!



General Manager

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Update for March 24, 2020

Friends of SMGCC,

The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for all of us and we have been challenged by new information coming forward hourly from government authorities.

As you are aware, the Ontario government has mandated that all non-essential businesses shut down, including golf courses, effective 11:59pm on March 24th. We had planned to open our 18-hole golf course to the public on Tuesday of this week for walking and were already allowing members to play. However based on this latest development, we have been forced to close the golf course to the public and put in further restrictions on member play.

It is important to note that although we planned to allow golfers to walk the course, the club was not planning to allow golfers to use power carts either way. We wanted to maintain ‘social distancing’ and prevent the possible spread of the infection from getting on the carts. Although some golf courses in Southwestern Ontario were allowing carts for all players, our team did not feel that was the moral thing to do at this stage and instead elected to be leaders in our golf community.

Social distancing and golf means that you are either golfing alone, or with family that you are living with. You are not able to golf together with friends or extended family and still be following the guidelines of social distancing. Thereby, we have put the following strict restrictions in place for members moving forward:

  1. Only SMGCC members can play the course - do not bring any public golfers with you to the golf course. Note: we are allowing members to bring their live-in family members with them to play (free of charge) during the mandated closure period!
  2. Only play as a single OR with family members that you live with. Do not play with friends, extended family members, or any acquaintance that you do not live in the same household with.
  3. If you have been outside the country in the last 14 days there is a government mandated 14-day quarantine period. Please STAY HOME and do not visit the golf course, under any circumstance, until your full 14-day quarantine period has passed.
  4. Do not touch any flag poles. They are meant as targets only. We have put in specific measures to prevent the need for touching the flag.

Furthermore, SMGCC-owned pull carts are being removed from play, to eliminate any chance of spreading the infection. Thereby please bring your own pull cart, if desired.

In order to allow members to continue playing golf during this period, these rules need to be followed or we will be forced to ban entry. We will reiterate, our top priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our employees and guests and that is why the business is closed. If you are seen playing golf and not following these government mandated rules, you will be asked to leave immediately and not return until the government mandated shutdown has ended. 

We all need to work together to get back to normal procedure - please understand that the longer citizens disobey these rules, the longer it will take to return to normal operations, meaning the longer we will be forced to keep the clubhouse closed and golf course unplayable. We understand that most members are already following these guidelines and we appreciate that very much.

What's the the good news in all this? It's still only March! The typical golf season does not start until late April or early May, so at this stage we could still be on pace for another solid season ahead.

Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times. We will continue to update everyone as more information becomes available.


The St. Marys Golf Team

Update for March 23, 2020

Friends of SMGCC,

Here is the latest update for the St. Marys Golf & Country Club, on Monday, March 23rd. As many of you are aware, the Federal and Provincial governments have taken decisive action to slow down the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in our communities. We agree with these firm measures as it is our belief that by taking decisive action now, it will allow businesses, like ours, and all Canadians, for that matter, to get back to normal procedure sooner, rather than later.

From an operating standpoint, we have taken the following actions:


We are still early on in the development of the coronavirus spread in Canada, and thereby, until further confirmations come direct from the government, we cannot be certain of when gatherings of more than 50 people will be permitted. Thereby, we are treating each decision on a month-by-month basis, starting with April 2020 special events. We have elected to postpone all April weddings and other special events to later dates in the season. We plan to update May events on March 31st on the status of their wedding or event.


  • Based on the Ontario government's announcement on Monday, March 23rd, as a non-essential business, we have been ordered to close effective Tuesday for a minimum of 14 days. Therefore, the golf course will be closed until the time we are permitted to open. We will continue to update our members and other golfers as we get more information. (NOTE: see above as this policy has changed).
  • What's the the good news in all this? It's still only March! The typical golf season does not start until late April or early May, so at this stage we could still be on pace for another good season ahead.
  • Golf Content - we will be preparing some golf content to share with you, our golf members, to get everyone ready for the golf season. Check your email inbox and our social media pages for more info in the days and weeks ahead!

We will continue to update both our golf community and special event clients once additional information becomes available. Until then, please take care and stay safe!

Update for March 15, 2020

Friends of SMGCC,

At St. Marys Golf & Country Club, our top priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our employees and guests.

As an organization, we need to play our part in flattening our communities’ curve of exposure to the virus and put in place new precautionary measures while we make decisions informed by the latest science- and government-based information.

Due to the recent revelation that a local St. Marys native has contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and is reported to be in serious condition, and because we are finding it extremely difficult to control who comes in and out of our building, including those that have travelled out of country, we have made the difficult decision of closing the St. Marys Golf & Country Club facilities effective immediately, up until end of day Monday, March 30th.

SMGCC has an internal team meeting regularly to discuss this evolving situation and to make wise decisions. SMGCC precautionary measures are being implemented as follows:

  • Postponed and cancelled events. All special events have been either postponed or in some cases, cancelled until the beginning of April.
  • Work from home precautions for staff. We have mandated that all staff work from home between March 15th and March 30th, with the exception of the a limited maintenance crew, in order to prepare the golf course for an early April open.
  • Shifting of meeting locations. We will also be mandating that all staff-client in-person meetings that have been scheduled be transitioned to conference calls or postponed if necessary.

We understand that this decision will be difficult for some of our clients and customers and will work with each of them, on a case-by-case basis in regard to finding the best possible solution for all parties involved.

From a business standpoint, we understand that this will provide a major challenge to our operations and staff. It is our hope that the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario will step in to support small businesses in St. Marys, and across Canada. A voice of support for local businesses from the community (your voice) will be instrumental in gaining this support.

There are new developments and information coming forward daily, and in some cases hourly. Thereby, we will continue to update our policies and evaluate our operational activities to our valued clients, customers, staff, and friends of the Club as these updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.


Matt Staffen | General Manager

Update for March 13, 2020

To our valued guests,

As concerns around COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus, continue to grow around the globe, we would like to provide you with an update on our response. At St. Marys Golf & Country Club, our top priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our employees and guests. At this point in time we are following the lead of Canadian health authorities to provide a safe and comfortable experience at our establishment. Per the Ontario government, gatherings of less than 1,000 people are not impacted and therefore, our business will continue to operate as usual, with the following notes and procedures.

We have and will continue to instil high expectations of cleanliness in our facilities. On top of our regular cleaning policies and procedures that we commit to every day, we will be implementing enhanced procedures to ensure the safety of all patrons who visit our facilities, as well as the safety of our staff. The additional procedures are as follows: 

  • Increased frequency of regular cleaning, with special attention to all surfaces in high traffic areas where contact with other patrons is likely. We use industrial-grade and food-service approved cleaning products that eliminate any potential traces of Coronaviruses.
  • Consistent communication with our staff, guests, and other patrons to ensure the most important, and up-to-date, information is shared with everyone affected by this developing situation.

We will continue to monitor this situation to ensure swift changes are made when required. Please know that we are doing our part to ensure our staff have a stable environment to continue working.

To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who may feel ill or is displaying symptoms of the Coronavirus or have traveled out of country in the past two weeks, refrain from visiting us so that we can establish a safe environment for everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you soon,                                                                         

Your Friends at SMGCC

1 Response

Kit  Tracey
Kit Tracey

March 29, 2020

Is the driving range open?
As a ticket holder do I qualify to play yet?

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