Social bowls and golf can continue

SOCIAL bowls and golf can continue, but competition has been banned, under regional Victoria's current stage three restrictions.

And while Kerang's golf and bowls clubs will continue to play by the rules, both admitted the bans on competition had left members scratching their heads.

"We've got three greens we could use, but we're not allowed to organise a competition or a club event," Kerang Bowls Club spokesperson Gayle Teasdale she said.

"Bowls is officially off, but we're still allowed to go and practise, with two people per rink and a maximum of 10 people per green."Ms Teasdale said clubrooms can only be opened for people to use the toilets, although whether or not they are unlocked will depend on someone being on hand to do so.

Kerang Golf Club secretary Graham Wyte said the club received notification from Golf Australia on Wednesday night of the competition ban."We will not be playing any golf competitions for the foreseeable future, but people are still eligible to go out there and play," Mr Wyte said.

"The maximum number playing together is two and as long as they keep social distancing and wear a mask and pay the green fees, they're able to go out and have exercise on a golf course."

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advised that while golf courses outside metropolitan Melbourne can remain open, people should not travel further than necessary to play.

While Mr Wyte said he didn't understand the rationale behind a competition ban on golf while people can still play the sport, he said the club would continue to comply with DHHS directions.