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Royal Sydney Golf Club denies encouraging members to use water taxi loophole

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Sydney’s most exclusive golf club has dismissed reports it was encouraging members to exploit a loophole in public health orders by suggesting members from affluent north shore suburb Mosman take a water taxi to the Harbourside course.

According to a report in The Australian, a communication sent by Royal Sydney Golf Club to its members on Monday suggested “a Mosman member” would not be breaching NSW Health’s 5km restriction on exercise and recreation “if he or she came to the club via water taxi, but would breach the rule if he or she drove”.

Royal Sydney GC is located at Rose Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and has hosted the Australian Open 15 times, while its members are some of the city’s most prominent people.

It is believed the initiation fee to join is more than $20,000 (new members have to be invited to join), while the annual fee is about $5000.

Golf is considered essential exercise due to its enormous mental and physical health benefits. Courses around more excellent Sydney are inundated with requests from golfers and non-golfers to play during a lockdown.

Driving along the Harbour Bridge from Mosman to Rose Bay would take residents outside the acceptable 5km radius. However, a water taxi, whose fares start at $65, would be within the travel guidelines.

The club retracted the communication and stressed it was not encouraging members to break any rules. Royal Sydney general manager Michael Solomons told NCA NewsWire the misconception of the original contact was “regrettable”.”  “The notice that was published to all club members on Monday by the club’s president, Chris Chapman, was simply a clarification to squarely address a regrettable misconception that the club endorsed noncompliance with the public health orders or was seeking to suggest ways of avoiding them” Mr. Solomons told NCA NewsWire.” On the contrary, it has been our foremost principle that the club and its members should at all times comply with not only the directives issued by NSW Health but also with the spirit of compliance that sits behind them, given the profoundly challenging times arising from the current Covid-19 circumstances.”

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