Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla ordered the indefinite shut down of Sherwood Hills Golf Course in Trece Martires City after it allegedly held an “unauthorized tournament” amid community quarantine.
“By virtue of an Executive Order issued on September 22, 2020, Sherwood Hills Golf Course is INDEFINITELY closed because of the aforementioned violation. We shall await the response of the Club Management before we decide to allow its re-opening,” Remulla said.
Remulla said in a Facebook post last week that a a total of 91 Sherwood Hills Golf Club member conducted an unauthorized “tournament” in the guise of a “Member’s Day” event.
“The members tried to circumvent the rules by claiming that there were no trophies, awards, score cards nor prizes. They made it appear that only token gifts were provided to the participants,” he said.
Remulla said the participants played in a “Shot-Gun” format to begin play.
The Cavite governor reiterated that “IATF prohibits mass gatherings in sporting events beyond the 50% rule; [As amended by Paragraph A (4) (c) of IATF Resolution No. 43, June 3, 2020 and Paragraph B of IATF Resolution No. 56, July 16, 2020] Spectators in all non-contact sports and exercises shall be prohibited, thus organized play is NOT allowed under quarantine.”
Sherwood Hills Golf Course closed
“The claim of the club that no tournament was conducted was clearly disingenuous and dishonest because of the organizational efforts made to conduct the same; The intent of the organizers from the beginning was to conduct a tournament but was disguised at the last minute in order to evade sanctions,” he added.
Remulla also disclosed that he and his family were members of the Sherwood Hills Golf Course.
“My family has substantial current real estate holdings in the development of the golf course. My family was part of the joint venture to develop the golf course. In fact, my father’s land holdings were our contribution to the development,” he said.
“My family carries the weight of enormous responsibilities in the province. Aside from trying our very best to be good and honest Public Servants, we must also be exemplary corporate citizens. We are not exempt, nor anyone affiliated with us, from the rule of law,” Remulla added.