As of this evening at 8pm, Riversdale has made the very difficult decision to close the course, practice facilities and pro shop, indefinitely.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to coach there for the foreseeable future.
It is therefore time to mobilize Plan B, in order to service your Golfing needs. This will involve live lessons using the Zoom meeting app, and pre-recorded lessons using the Hudl Technique app (both are free). Lesson prices will be generous, as I understand that many of us are either out of work completely or on a reduced income.
I will also be producing a "Coronavirus survival guide for your Golf".
Please keep an eye out for my social media posts, emails and website updates for more information.
Your are of course welcome to contact me at any time if you have any queries. Ongoing communication between us all is paramount. Even if you'd like to reach out for a general chat, m happy to listen.
Chin up people and I hope to speak with you all very soon.
New Video in the Members Vault- Putting: Loft & Path
New Video in the Members Vault- The Concept of Effort
New videos in the Members Vault- RSS Basics and Physical Training videos for the Right Sided Swing!
As I'm sure you are aware, the lockdown measures which were reintroduced by the Victorian Government yesterday will have some impact on my ability to deliver coaching services going forward.
To clarify- as of tomorrow, there can only be a maximum of two (2) people at any one time on the driving range and practice chipping green, as per government regulations.
I am also waiting back on clarification from our own association, the PGA of Australia, about any coaching protocols which I will need to adhere to. For your information, I have attached the most recent corrospondence from the PGA (from 7/7/20).
"At present, the specifics are yet to be released however the PGA is working closely with Golf Australia to determine the legislative effects of the health direction with regard to golf participation, coaching and business operations.
Whilst we remain optimistic of a positive outcome, PGA Members and golf facilities should await further advice due in the next 24 hours before pre-empting any change in permitted or prohibited activities. Any changes will come into effect at 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July and a further communication will be provided before this time.
Please be assured your Association and Golf Australia are advocating for the continuation of golf and golf services across Victoria.
Senior State Manager - NSW/ACT/SA/VIC/TAS
PGA of Australia
Therefore, I will need to temporarily suspend coaching services until further notice.
In the meantime, I will still be working in the pro shop from Saturday-Tuesdays, and naturally I am always available for on-line lessons (either via Zoom, or pre-recorded HUDL lessons), until we can organise normal face-to-face lessons again.
I will be in contact again shortly with more information.
In the mean time, please take care of yourself, and I hope to see you all soon.
It is with much relief to announce that, as of Monday, I will be able to coach again at Riversdale Golf Club.
There have been multiple issues surrounding the provision of coaching services across the Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire areas, which relate to the strict adherence of social distancing measures, and use of hire equipment (including range balls). It is for this reason that I must offer my sincere thanks to John Horvath, Christian Tanner, Captain Paul Podbury and the Board for clearing the way for me to continue offering a service to you all. Please be rest assured that without their collaboration, it would have been far more difficult to recommence.
For your information, I have attached the following, which is an excerpt from the most recent email from our governing body, the PGA of Australia. It clarifies the challenges which Golf Clubs and coaches alike face at this time:
-No hire equipment, including golf clubs, pull buggies, or golf carts, may be made available for hire under any circumstances
-Club/facility driving ranges, putting greens and chipping areas cannot operate unless a distance of at least 100 metres between groups of 2 can be maintained. Please note, we are continuing to advocate for this restriction to change per the above
-1 to 1 coaching can continue in a non-contact, socially distanced setting
-Indoor coaching is not permitted
- No shared equipment (i.e. range balls) is permitted.
Therefore, I will be able to continue coaching under the following guidelines:
- All lessons will be conducted from the bottom of the driving range;
- I will be providing my own white practice balls for the lessons, which will be cleaned & sanitized prior to the lessons;
- Unfortunately, I am unable to allow anyone inside my personal teaching cart, due to the above guidelines;
- All lessons will be conducted in their normal manner, with the appropriate social distancing measures in place.
- I also politely request that if you are feeling unwell, to not attend any lessons. They can always be rescheduled for a later date, and I will not be charge any late cancellation fees.
Further to this, there will be a change to the way I charge for lessons in the near future. All lessons can be paid for in advance via my website at www.samhingeleygolf.com, via the paypal or Stripe payment systems. I will notify you all when this change is made.
I am available all day Monday to Thursday, plus Saturday.
Please note that this arrangement will continue for the duration of the six week lockdown period.
In the meantime, let's all enjoy the fact that we can still get out and play!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Riversdale Golf Club
0409 652 044
Dear Valued Clients,
As previously advised, I have now transitioned to my own, independent payment portal.
Payment of all lessons can now be made via my online lesson shop. Once a lesson booking has been made via myself or through the Pro Shop, please then follow the steps below to make payment:
1. Go to https://www.samhingeleygolf.com/shop
2. Select the lesson which you are paying for;
3. You will then be directed to the payment portal which will give you the option to pay via Paypal, or the Secure Stripe Payment System.
The payment portal has, so far, been very quick and hassle free. However, if you have an issue with the system whilst processing a payment, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Parking arrangements for Lessons
As previously advised, all lessons will be conducted from the bottom of the practice fairway for the duration of the lockdown period.
As your time is valuable, please utilise the parking spaces at the bottom end of the driveway, and then walk to the bottom of the range. I will meet you there.
Some of you have already sent in a swing for review; please keep them coming!
In the meantime, please stay safe.
Riversdale Golf Club
0409 652 044