COVID Update - As of 27.01.22

UPDATE 27.01.22

Following the recent Government announcement, England has now reverted back to Plan A with regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Therefore Facemasks are no longer mandatory in certian places and therefore this is optional to each individual on whether they wish to wear a facemask. 

UPDATE 19.12.21

The Restaurant has reopened today. Normal hours apply 

UPDATE 12.12.21

The Bar will be open between 9am and 4pm from Sunday 12th December until the Saturday 18th December 

The Kitchen will remain closed and reopen on Sunday 19th December 

UPDATE 10.12.21

Following the recent Government Rules on Covid and Plan B.

It is now Mandatory for all members and visitors to the Club to wear a Face Mask in all indoor areas of the Club except when eating or drinking.

Although Lee and Hannah from Clubhouse 1896 have tested positive for Covid.

Therefore due to varying levels of vaccination status the staff are having to self-isolate and the Bar and Kitchen will be closed for 10 days.

Therefore the Bar and Restaurant will reopen on Sunday 19th December

During this time the Clubhouse will be open daily from 8am to 4pm as a minimum for access to the Toilets and Main Lounge but no drinks or food will be available. 

Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated and I will keep you updated with any changes in the rules accordingly. 

UPDATE 30.11.21

Following the recent Government Announcement re the Coronavirus Pandemic its once again Mandatory to wear face masks in any shops.

Therefore should you enter the Pro Shop for any reason please ensure you are wearing a Face Mask to help stop the spread of the virus. In addition the protective screen has been put back up on the Counter in the Pro Shop.

All other areas Face Masks are optional but please be considerate to others and how busy areas of the Clubhouse will be.

Your cooperation is appreciated


UPDATE 16.08.21

The Bar and Kitchen has now reopened after a period of Self Isolation for all relevant staff. 

Booking in advance is advised if looking to use the Restaurant 

Non Members are welcome 

No restrictions and face masks are OPTIONAL 


UPDATE 08.08.21

I wanted to make you aware of a development with regards to Coronavirus

A member of the Bar Staff has tested positive for Coronavirus this afternoon and therefore we are closing the Bar and Kitchen.

The member of staff was last working on Thursday and therefore the 10 days starts from this point pending the result of a PCR test.

We have spoken to the relevant authorities and this is the required course of action to ensure the safety of our Members, Visitors and Staff.

The Pro Shop, Offices and Changing Rooms will remain open during this time.

Further updates will be provided in the next few days.

I hope everyone understands the actions we are taking and we look forward to welcoming you back in Clubhouse Bar area from Monday 16th August.

UPDATE 13.07.21 (With effect from Monday 19th July) 

Following the recent announcement from the Government, I just wanted to update you all on what will be happening from the 19th July in regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

We will be returning to normal as best we can but please exercise your own caution with the use of face masks and social distancing as you feel comfortable. 
With regards to the Golf Course and following the Guidance from England Golf please see below 
1. Scorecards will be required to be completed in the normal way for competitions, with cards being swapped at the start and two signatures required. 
2. Rakes will return in the Bunkers, no pick and place will be allowed. Please use the Rakes provided to ensure the Bunker is left in a way you would expect to find it! 
3. Pins can be removed as required when putting so no ball lifters will be in place from this date. 
4. Ball Washers and Drinking Fountains will return to use and these will be brought back in during that week. 
5. No social distancing rules will be in place 
With regards to the Clubhouse, Bar and Restaurant 
The Roller Towels and Hand Dryers will be back in use in the Changing Rooms and also the Hand Sanitiser units will remain around the Clubhouse for you to use.
Inside there is no now mandatory requirement to wear a Face Mask but should you wish to continue to do so then this is your own personal choice. 
Having spoken to Lee and Hannah, our Bar and Catering Franchise, the following message from them is for your information.
Firstly we would like to thank all those that have stuck to the rules that we had to put in place and followed to keep you and ourselves healthy. 
We are pleased that the most of these rules can be relaxed from next Monday 19th. But thought we would write a few lines to let you know what we plan going forward. 
We feel with cases increasing and numbers being high currently, face masks will not be mandatory and enforced but will be down to a person's personal choice, however all of the Clubhouse 1896 team will be wearing face masks inside to protect themselves and our customers. 
Tables restrictions will not be enforced but tables will remain in socially distanced positions as they are currently to help those people feel safer if they wish. Please just remember that just because you feel safe and comfortable others may not so please respect their space.
Table service will still be given inside only, if you are sitting outside then please come to the bar to order any food or drinks. People will be able to order at the bar when they like but again please respect the staffs personal space. 
Track and trace will still be available through the app only if you wish to do so and the QR code will be available to use accordingly in a number of places in and around the Clubhouse.
Lee and Hannah, Clubhouse 1896
Finally if you have any questions or concerns about the changes then please contact me either by phone, email or by asking a member of staff 


UPDATE 26.05.21

Following a review at a recent Board Meeting, the Showers are now available for use by Members, Guests and Visitors. 

When using the Changing Rooms please exercise care and ensure Social Distancing is maintained at all times. 

UPDATE 17.05.21

We are now able to open inside for Food and Drink with the Rule of 6 or two households inside and up to a Group of 30 outside

Advance Booking is advised due to reduced Capacity following the Covid-19 rules 

Track and Trace is mandatory to ensure you are served at your table. No approaching the Bar at any point

Our Franchise Team of Clubhouse 1896 will go back to their normal summer opening hours which are as follows

Food Service
Weekdays 9am to 5pm
Weekends 8am to 5pm
(Last orders 4.30pm)

Drinks Service
Weekdays 9am to 9pm
Weekends 8am to 9pm
(Last orders 8.45pm)


UPDATE 20.04.21

As of this weekend Friday 23rd April they will be slightly extending their hours and opening 9am – 6pm for the 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will also be opening up 5 outside tables for people to book if they wish to come and eat or have a drink with us without having to have played golf. These tables must be pre booked in advance by phone on 01258 452253.

Please remember to see a member of staff before taking a table to allow them to give you good service, and to use the track and trace system as it is now a legal requirement.

Clubhouse 1896 look forward to seeing you all over the weekend and should there be any changes this page be updated accordingly 

Stay Safe, Be Kind, Be Patient

UPDATE as from 12.04.21

Please click HERE for current Covid-19 Guidelines and an easy to print document for reference. 

Visitors welcome to book using the below link. With Tee Times available 5 days in advance. 


Please see update below re other restrictions being lifted. 

UPDATE 29.03.21

Course Open - Preferred Lies in Operation
Members only until the 12th April
Clubhouse access for Toilet use only
Facemasks must be worn inside
Social Distancing Rules Apply

UPDATE 22.03.21

From Monday 22nd March
The BRS booking system will reopen to members from 8pm for booking tee times on the 29th March and then each night at 8pm, seven days in advance.
The Pro Shop will be available on a Click and Collect basis only between the hours of 10am to 4pm. Phone the normal club number with any orders

From Monday 29th March
The Golf Course Reopens
Booking is allowed in fourballs and will be at 10 minute intervals
Weather permitting the Summer Course will be in play!
Buggies will be available but are single use only and can only be hired from start of play to 12pm. All buggies must be back by 4pm
Clubhouse is only open for access to the Toilets, no use of the changing rooms for changing of shoes or use of the showers
It will be members only (no guests, visitors or societies)

General Information 

Face coverings are mandatory in all inside areas, this includes the pro shop, foyer, changing rooms, toilet areas and lounge area (unless seated to eat/drink)
Please follow the one way system in and out of the Clubhouse when accessing the toilets.

Please find attached the updated England Golf Play Safe Stay Safe Guidelines which you can view by clicking HERE

From Monday 12th April
Internal club competitions can restart across all sections.
Members can bring guests and visitors can play but can only be booked 5 days in advance.
Buggies can be booked but must be returned by 6pm.
Any bookings already made will be honoured although new bookings will not be made for Societies to play before the 17th May.
Pro shop re-opens, normal number restrictions apply.
The Bar and Kitchen will re-open for table service outside only with the rule of 6 on a limited service. More details to follow in due course.

From Monday 17th May
Clubhouse lounge re-opens. Bar/catering service re-starts inside with seating based on the rule of 6 or two households.
The Computer touchscreen will be available for use for entering scores.
Buggies can be booked for use at any time of the day.
Visitors can book 5 days in advance and new society bookings will be booked for after this date.

From Monday 19th July 
All restrictions are lifted but caution is still advised.

I hope you can appreciate that the above timeline is based on the current Government Timeline and the England Golf Play Safe Stay Safe Guidelines so this could change as we proceed through the year 



As at 01.03.21 - We are currently closed due to the National Lockdown for Coronavirus 

Please find attached the updated England Golf Play Safe Stay Safe Guidelines which you can view by clicking HERE

We are able to reopen on Monday 29th March and the reopening will be phased inline with the Government guidelines

29 March - 11 April
Members only.
No guests, visitors or societies.
No competitions or team events.
No block booked tee times for Ladies or Seniors sections.
BRS will be opened for bookings from 8pm on Monday 22nd March and continue to work the normal 7 days in advance.

12 April - 16 May
Club and Section Competitions restart.
Pro shop reopens.
Members' guests and visitors will be able to book two days in advance (allowing members five days priority booking).
We will honour existing pre-booked tee times but no additional Society bookings will be accepted.

Further updates will be provided as we move closer to the opening date.




New Tier Changes as at Thursday 31st December 

Our Club is in Tier 3 and therefore although operating as 4 balls, anyone in a Tier 4 area will not be able to attend the Golf Club. Any visitors will be asked for proof of address before playing 

Our Bar and Restaurant remains closed. 


Booking Tee Times Update - Tuesday 22nd December 

Members Guests can now be booked at the time of booking but please only one member one guest and please avoid Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays unless there are times available a few days before.

We will also be allowing Visitors to book but with the normal 5 days prior so to ensure members get the choice of tee times in the first instance. No visitors on 25th or 26th December. 

Reciprocals are still on hold until at least the end of January when this will be reviewed again as all the clubs I have spoken to are not currently accepting them.

We are still not accepting Society Bookings at weekends for bookings up to the 31st March.


Clubhouse, Bar & Restaurant Update  

As you may have seen yesterday our Area has been moved into Tier 2 when the national lockdown finishes next week

Golf is permitted in 4 balls but the main restriction is that you are not allowed to socialise indoors with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

Therefore the decision has been made and fully supported by the Board that the Bar and Restaurant will not reopen on Wednesday and will remain closed until we move into Tier 1 whenever that might be.

So moving forwards the following will happen during this period

Face coverings must be worn in ALL inside areas at ALL times

The Pro Shop will be open as normal, please ensure no more than 4 more people are in the Shop at any one time

The Clubhouse will be open for the use of the Toilets only between the hours of 8am to 4pm every day

Once you have finished your round you MUST leave the Club immediately to avoid any gatherings

The paramount importance is that everyone stays safe and we are adhering to the Tier 2 restrictions

As things start to return to normal, Hannah, Lee and the Clubhouse1896 team look forward to welcoming you back in the future and we can start enjoying all the Clubs Facilities again!


Golf to Reopen on Wednesday 2nd December 

As you may have seen, the Government have announced that the current national lockdown is coming to an end next week.

After clarification with England Golf and other organisations we are now able to open from Wednesday 2nd December in a 4 ball format

To ensure that Members get priority and the most opportunity to play our course during December

1. There will be no Reciprocals accepted and therefore we can’t expect to be accepted at other courses
2. Members Guests / Visitors can only be booked the day before if availability allows
3. Existing Society bookings will be honoured but no new ones will be accepted
4. Competitions across sections can continue to run as per before this latest lockdown

These guidelines will be reviewed at our next Board Meeting on Monday 21st December 

A separate update with regards to the Clubhouse, Bar and Restaurant will be provided later this week once we know which Tier we are in

We look forward to welcoming you back next week… we have missed you!



Update to the Members, Guests & Visitors - 3rd November 2020

As from Thursday, Golf will not be allowed to be played in any form as part of the National Lockdown coming into force. Therefore the Clubhouse and Course will be closed.

There have been various petitions and discussions with the Government from England Golf but at the moment nothing has changed and we are having to close from Thursday 5th November.

We will to continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as and when the rules change.

Hopefully its just a 4 week period with no golf but the most important thing is that we all pull together, play by the rules and bring the infection rate down.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask

Stay Safe

Steve Sanger 

General Manager 



Message to All Members, Visitors and Guests - 24th September 2020

New rules are now in place with regards to the Coronavirus and we need everyone to adhere to the current restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.

We now have a QR code in a number of places in the clubhouse to help with NHS Track and Trace and would encourage everyone to download it if they have a compatible IOS or Android mobile device and scan the QR each time you enter the premises.

When using the Bar and Restaurant you MUST please wait to be seated and table service will be provided during your visit. Unfortunately this will mean some delays at times but please be patient and the Clubhouse 1896 staff will get to you as soon as possible. Do not approach the Bar at any time.

Although the current rules are ‘Groups of no more than Six’ we would ask that everyone sticks to their playing groups before & after your game, both inside & outside the Clubhouse.

Please do not move the furniture at any point and also please don’t move around to ensure we adhere to the guidelines

To confirm Face Coverings must be worn at ALL times inside the Clubhouse unless sat at your table for eating and/or drinking.

Failure to comply will mean you will be asked to leave.

We are all in this together and these measures are for the Members, Staff and Visitors to ensure we can still use the Clubhouse facilities in a safe environment.

If you have any concerns about anything relating to the restrictions then please come and speak to me and don’t approach a member of the bar staff.

Many thanks

Steve Sanger
General Manager 



COVID-19 UPDATE - 23rd September 2020

Hopefully you will have seen the latest Government announcement or heard the new rules, so to confirm a few things

With regards to Face Coverings it is compulsory for anyone who enters the Clubhouse including the bar & restaurant to wear a face mask until they are sat at a designated table, once there, masks can be removed, but they will have to be used if going to the washrooms and upon leaving the establishment. Please remain at your table and do not move around to speak to other tables.

With regards to Clubhouse 1896 as of Thursday 24th September, all their staff have to wear face coverings at all times. (They have already been doing this so nothing will change).

It is now strictly table service only, whether sitting inside or out, please do not approach the bar at any time!

Please remember these are Government rules and we need to ensure we follow them to slow the spread of the virus and these are now written into law and heavy fines can be given to yourselves and us.

Your continued support in following these new measures is much appreciated



COVID-19 UPDATE - 10th September 2020

Following this week’s announcement from the Government in the change to the current restrictions which come into effect from Monday 14th September

The club will be making the following changes

Up to 6 people are allowed to sit together at any table inside or out. Ideally when inside please sit within your playing groups to ensure minimal social contact with a metre between yourselves. The tables and chairs have been set up accordingly and please do not move any of the furniture within the Main Lounge, Cossins Lounge or Patio area. It is now illegal to sit in groups of more than 6 and fines can be issued.

Please wait to be seated inside or outside as it’s now a legal requirement to take details for track and trace and although this was being done we need to ensure everyone is accounted for when using the Bar and Restaurant.

Please respect Social Distancing within all area of the Clubhouse especially if needed to queue.

NB – Society and team event organisers should take special care to ensure different groups of up to six people from within their party do not merge to form larger groups before, during or after a round. Travel to and from golf venues should continue to be in accordance with government regulations. 

Also to assist in stopping the spread of the virus, all staff in the Bar, Pro Shop and Office will be wearing visors when in contact with Members, Guests and/or Visitors.

It's REQUIRED that anyone using the Toilets, Foyer, Office and Pro Shop wear a mask to help stop the spread.

At the moment we have a low infection rate in this area and we would like to keep it that way!


COVID-19 UPDATE - From 1st AUGUST 2020


  • Always observe social distancing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.
  • Use of Face Coverings are recommended in Hallway Foyer, Toilets and Pro Shop 


  • Please use Hand Sanitisers Provided around the Clubhouse and 1st Tee / 18th Green 
  • Arrive in golfing attire and change footwear in the Car Park
  • Observe social distancing always
  • Check-in at the Professional Shop before you play 


  • Social distancing to be observed at all times and observe the One Way System
  • Please use the Hand Sanitiser provided
  • Sanitised Buggies and Trollies available for hire
  • No Clubs available for Hire 


  • Please observe Social distancing at all times
  • Benches, Ball Washers, Water Fountains and Bunker Rakes are out of use
  • Do not touch the flagstick - Golf Ball Retrivers are in use
  • Do not touch another player’s equipment or golf ball
  • Refrain from all bodily contact
  • Any player(s) not following directions will be asked to leave the course


Furniture has been re-positioned to enable social distancing and please don’t move any of the tables.


General Data Protection Regulations allow information from visitors to be shared with NHS Test and Trace to help minimise the transmission of COVID-19 and support public health and safety. Any data recorded solely for the purpose of NHS Test and Trace will be disposed of after 21 days.



UPDATED Tuesday 21st July 

As from Friday 24th July the government has made it mandatory for face coverings to be worn when in shops, please be responsible for yourselves and courteous towards others by respecting these new enforced measures.

The Pro Shop is not exempt from this policy, so we ask you to be prepared when arriving for your game.

Please still adhere to social distancing and we will continue to monitor numbers allowed into the shop to avoid over crowding, the Shop one way system will no longer be in use but we will continue with regular cleaning & sanitising of multi touch areas.

Stay Safe, Be Prepared and we look forward to welcoming you for your next game!

UPDATED Monday 29th June 

Following the most recent update in COVID 19 guidance from the Government we are delighted to announce that the Clubhouse will be reopening from Saturday 4th July from 10am - 4pm.

We will be operating reduced hours on the opening weekend to ensure the safety of the members and the staff whilst we get used to the new way of working. We will be opening to Members and their Guests only this weekend with no non-playing visitors allowed in the Clubhouse.

As everyone is aware by now there will be some restrictions in place to ensure that we take every precaution to not increase the spread of the virus to avoid a further lockdown period.

Please keep yourself, other customers and the team at The Ashley Wood Golf Club / Clubhouse 1896 safe by following these guidelines:

Please only visit the Golf Club if you feel well, If you are feeling unwell please stay at home.

On arrival please only enter the clubhouse via the main car park door and clean your hands with the sanitiser provided.

Entry to the Pro Shop is only via the Pro Shop door and please adhere to their systems they already have in place.

The Clubhouse changing rooms are only to be used for the Toilet facilities (excluding the Showers), please continue to change your shoes in the car park and follow social distancing when using these facilities

Please follow the one way system that is in place clearly marked around the clubhouse

Social Distancing – respect one another’s personal space and avoid shaking hands and close contact with others

Don’t congregate in large groups (No larger than 6)

Entry to the bar is only through the main bar doors, please wait to be seated and you will be shown to a table, please view our food and drink menu online at When ready, please place your order and pay online, Text orders will also be available and instructions will be on your table. Your Food and drinks will be delivered to your table.

Please remain at your tables and limit moving around.

Initially you will not be able to use your Members Club Card but Members can still receive a discount by entering the code Members10 as the Voucher Code when ordering online.


Tables outside can either be two mixed households or a table of 6 of mixed households.

Please don’t move any furniture (tables or chairs) – They have been positioned for social distancing

Observe signage about moving about the clubhouse – Using the correct entrance and exit points and if you have to queue please remain at least 1 metre apart

Where possible please keep all doors open to improve ventilation and reduce contact with handles

Due to the restrictions the Club will be reopening in phased stages the first two days Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July will be open from 10am till 4pm- the opening weekly hours initially will be:

The Bar will open to 21:00 every day during the summer

Monday 09:00 -17:00
Tuesday 09:00 -17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

Please note the Seating areas in the Main Lounge and Cossins Room will only be available when the Bar and/or Kitchen is open and the Coffee Machine will be used by the Staff Only.

Exiting the bar area is via the fire door onto the patio area, if you have not entered the bar area the only exit is the fire door at the end of the corridor.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all members old and new back into the clubhouse. Please bear with us as we adjust to these strange times.

The Ashley Wood GC & Lee, Hannah and The Clubhouse1896 Team.


UPDATED Thursday 18th June 

We have changed the booking arrangements to enable Members to book up to 7 days in advance and Visitors 5 days in advance. The opening time on BRS will remain at 8pm for the moment.

Members will have approx. 36 hours priority access to book before any visitors are allowed to book. Also normal restrictions on visitor tee times will apply.

Visitors can click on the below link for the available tee times and respective costs and to make a booking 

Visitors Booking

Although the restrictions have been eased, social distancing is still a key part in fighting the pandemic, all current practices will remain in place i.e. do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time and leave straight after your round, the clubhouse remains closed, although the disabled toilet is available in an emergency with hand sanitisers available around the clubhouse and course.

We will be continuing with 10 minute intervals as per the England Golf Guidance but should Social Distancing not be maintained then we may have to look at 12 or 15 minute intervals

Please ensure you comply with the Current Dress Rules 

Our Dress Code

Look forward to seeing you at The Ashley Wood GC soon 

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