Golf and Alert Level 3 – Updated Guidelines
The Prime Minister has confirmed all of New Zealand (south of Auckland) will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

The government has now officially updated guidelines for sport and recreation at Alert Level 3.

We can confirm that golf is able to be played at Alert Level 3.

The regulations for golf are similar to the last time we were at Alert Level 3 however we request that all clubs read the updated guidelines at this link:

The specific rules for Sport and Recreation at Alert Level 3 can viewed at this link:

We advise golf clubs to plan with caution for any golfing activity at Alert Level 3. The most important principle is to stay safe and to stay physically distant from people outside of your bubble. The health, safety and wellbeing of your staff, members, golf participants and the wider community is of paramount importance.

Golf and Alert Level 4 – Reminder

The Prime Minister has announced that the Auckland region will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least two more weeks and Northland will be at Alert Level 4 for at least a few more days.

At Alert Level 4, the implications for golf remain:

  1. All golf club facilities are to remain closed.
  2. All golf courses are to remain closed for the playing of golf.
  3. Only essential golf course maintenance can be undertaken.

The specific rules for Sport and Recreation at Alert Level 4 can viewed at this link:

Essential Turf Maintenance – Reminder

At Alert Level 3 and 4, golf course maintenance can be undertaken for minimum operations necessary to maintain condition or value. This directive is under the Government’s Workplace Guidelines as published at

Where essential maintenance is undertaken, a golf course must:

  1. Minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions among staff.
  2. Ensure appropriate health, hygiene and safety measures are in place.
  3. Restrict activity to only what is essential during the Alert Level 4 period.