March 24, 2020
Notice to VGT Players: Covid-19 Virus & (tentative) Event Invites
These are unprecedented times for all of us. I hope everyone is staying healthy are being safe, spending time with loved ones at home so we can put a stop to the spread and get back to business as usual.
Those who do not have a choice and are in essential services, thank-you for your service around the clock to keep us feeling safe, whether it risking your lives in the emergency room or keeping our shelves stocked at our supermarkets.
The past few days and weeks have been difficult for all of us. Personally for our VGT team, seeing the largest enrollment ever (300+) for our first two events (Grupo Bimbo BC Match Play & the Brad Garside Open), and not being able to push GO, this was heartbreaking. Our team was so excited to start our 14th season with you and I know you all must be equally as frustrated to have this opportunity ripped away from you due to this Covid-19 epidemic.
Please know our team is READY TO GO as soon as we are given the green light to be playing golf safely again.
As long as it is possible to do so safely, we plan on launching the 2020 VGT season on April 23rd at our 1st Major of the year, the JM Media Group VGT Masters at Morgan Creek Golf Course.
When we are given the green light to do so, we will have safety measures in place at our events to practice proper social distancing and ensure the safety of all players and team members.
We have the technology and will set-up our players up to do their own electronic scoring to eliminate the sharing or touching of scorecards. Rule sheets and pin sheets will be sent electronically the day before, and every player will be asked to pay in advance to eliminate any risk to our players or our VGT Team.
For the time being, we will continue to send event invites through Golf Genius for our events from April 23rd and beyond. We will leave the payment portal closed for now until we know 100% that we are moving forward with our events. When we are certain, the payment link will be opened up and players will be asked to pay online or to send an e-transfer.
If you plan on playing in an event, please accept the invite to play, and if the circumstances allow us to be back on course with you at that time, we will issue an email to this effect. If we have to cancel an event, we will also issue an email no later than 7 days out.
Whenever we are given the green light to commence, it will be an amazing 2020 season. I can guarantee you that!
For the time being, please be safe, stay healthy, and stay inside unless completely necessary and we will get through this Covid-19 crisis together!
For those members who have not yet picked up their 2020 membership card & welcome gifts (or recent Winter Tour prize orders), please reach out by email to make arrangements for these to be picked up safely (now or at a later time). We can understand if you wish to stay off the road at this time, and will arrange for all gifts and prizes to be made available at your first VGT event, or here in Burnaby for pickup when the time is right.
March 18, 2020
Is Golfing Safe Amid COVID-19
I think we can all agree we are in unchartered waters in recent weeks with the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a troubling time for sure and our thoughts go out to those individuals, families and businesses that have been affected by this horrible virus.
Amid all of the recent recommendations being handed down by our Ministry of Health, we had no choice but to put our season ‘on pause’ until further notice. We are patiently waiting for the time when group settings of 100 or more is a safe time based on the recommendations of our Ministry of Health.
In the meantime, I think many of you as passionate golfers are wondering “Is it Safe to play golf” in these troubling times.
I want to share a link from a Golf Digest article that hopefully helps you answer this question “Is it Safe to Golf amidst the COVID-19 virus outbreak”.
The article reads YES YOU CAN PLAY GOLF SAFELY WITH PROPER PRECAUTIONS. If you are considering getting out to the golf course, please read so you can make this decision for yourself and be aware of do’s and dont’s when golfing at this time:
So amid this COVID-19 crisis, we have some good news. EARLY BIRD PRICING for the TSN 1040 Vancouver Discount Golf Card has been held at $54.95 (reduced from $59.95).
Today, we are offering a $50E-Transfer special to our VGT Members (including tax).
To purchase the card at this special price, please follow the link below, complete the online form and instead of paying online with credit card, follow-up by sending $50 to email@example.com and your card will be sent in the mail today!
The TSN 1040 sponsored VANCOUVER DISCOUNT GOLF CARD has over $4,000 in green fee savings at 30 Lower Mainland and Washington State Golf Courses.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE 2020 GOLF COURSE PARTNERS:
- Big Sky Golf Club
- Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club
- Pagoda Ridge Golf Course
- Meadow Gardens Golf Club
- Sandpiper Golf Course
- Pitt Meadows Golf Club
- Surrey Golf Course
- Chilliwack Golf & Country Club
CLICK HERE TO SEE A FULL LIST OF 2020 GOLF COURSE PARTNERS & OFFERS!
If you make the decision to get out and play, please be safe and take the necessary precautions to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.
Good Golfing and Looking forward to seeing you all on the links this year!
President & Commissioner
Vancouver Golf Tour
Co-Host, TSN 1040 Sunday Morning Golf Show
UPDATE: March 16, 2020
To VGT Team and Players: At This Time VGT will PAUSE.
After closely following the rapidly changing Covid-19 concerns and the Ministry of Health Guidelines, (particularly today announcing a recommendation to cancel all events and gatherings with 50 people or more), we have decided to postpone the start of the 2020 VGT Season for the health and safety of our VGT team, our volunteers, our players and our community.
We do not take this position lightly and know that some of you will not share our views, but we feel it is in our best interests to take this step at this time in order to help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
We are unable to provide a definite start date to our season at this time but can advise that it will be no earlier than April 23rd at the JM Media VGT Masters at Morgan Creek. All player tournament entries paid to date for events earlier than this will be refunded as promptly as possible.
With our first two events, the BRAD GARSIDE OPEN and the GRUPO BIMBO BC MATCH PLAY completely sold out, we will attempt to re-schedule these events at a later time in the season for the benefit of all our golfers to have our VGT season close on a very high note!
We will provide further updates closer to the April 23rd date to confirm the start or to announce further postponements of our season’s start. Thank you all for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times. We hope all of you, your families and your friends, are healthy and stay safe.
Vancouver Golf Tour