It is now some six weeks since the course closed at the RMGC. During that time the world has changed – changed in a manner that we all really can’t yet fully comprehend. Talk of the new normal is fine, but what does that really mean ? And, as a golfer, what will that mean to us ? We certainly aren’t able to give those answers yet, but we are asking the questions of Government that will hopefully see the course reopen sooner rather than later. What we do know with some certainty is that once we are allowed to reopen there will be very strict rules and regulations that we will need to abide by.
In readiness for a reopening, Phil Luxon and his small team of green keepers are working hard to get the course in a play worthy condition, make sure the legacy irrigation system is fully functional as the heat builds, and generally start to put in place the physical aspects of a reopening plan for a ‘new normal’ golf course.
Stay safe, stay well and stay sane !
Board of Management
Royal Malta Golf Club
29th April 2020
As the BOM is unable to post Minutes of Board Meetings when approved on the Club noticeboard for Members’ attention, the following Minutes have now been placed on the website in the secure Management folder under Board Meetings:
21st January 2020
18th February 2020
3rd March 2020.
Board of Management
Eight weeks have now passed since my last game of golf and being thrown into this battlefield against the invisible enemy Covid-19.
It has been an upheaval at work in preparation and initiation of measures to be able to attend to patients presenting with/without symptoms. The daily routine has changed completely. All non-urgent consultations and procedures have been postponed and everyone is focused on this new threat. Triage at the door has become the most important tool to identify patients with suspected symptoms and be able to attend to them without putting our own lives and those of our own families at undue risk. Like everybody else doctors and other healthcare workers have been apprehensive how to face this situation.
Indeed, dealing with this anxiety has been my greatest challenge as a leader together with providing equipment to be able to practice safely. Thankfully after the first few weeks when everyone had doubts about everything and everybody we are now working as a great team with a high morale that we can overcome this scourge.
I must thank the health authorities and public health officials who have made a magnificent job to help us keep this pandemic in check. While every day we watch other supposedly more advanced countries struggle to cope, we have till now managed to contain the spread and close all the breaches in our defences to this tough adversary.
For us to continue like this, it is imperative that as a country we continue to practice social distancing with extreme attention, keep up with meticulous hygiene measures (especially washing of hands) and present ourselves for testing at the least suspicion that we might have got the contagion. These are the hallmarks to win this war and keep ourselves safe.
I look forward to meeting all of you once again at the golf club hopefully not in the too distant future to make a toast to the great victory against this terrible enemy Covid-19.
MICHAEL JOHN BALZAN M.D.
Monday 18.00: Wednesday 10.00: Thursday 18.00: Saturday 10.00