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Melbourne golf courses introduce ‘no jab, no play’ policy

Neil Mitchell
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Two Melbourne golf courses have introduced a ‘no jab, no play’ policy.

The Royal Melbourne Golf Course will only allow people who’ve had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to play when they reopen, and anyone wanting to play there will have to be fully vaccinated from the end of November.

The public Sandringham Golf Course will introduce the same policy.

Royal Melbourne Golf Course club captain, Andrew Kirby, says the decision has received “incredibly strong and passionate support” from members.

Mr Kirby says the vaccination requirement is no different to other rules golfers already agree to abide by.

“Golf is a game of a lot of rules. You can’t come down and play at our club in jeans and a t-shirt and there’s all sorts of rules that apply,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“We think other clubs will follow us and that’s one of the reasons why we did it. It’s a moment where we feel like we need to show leadership.”

Golfers who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will still be allowed to play the two courses after showing proof of their exemption.

Press PLAY below to hear why the Royal Melbourne Golf Course decided to make vaccination mandatory

Neil Mitchell
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