Gaming Reopens on Monday 10th August

Following the announcement by the ACT Government detailing the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are happy to announce the reopening of our gaming areas!
From Monday 10th of August, our gaming areas will be reopened with a few changes to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. This includes social distancing measures and increased cleaning of machines and surfaces.
We are pretty excited to be able to provide you again with our unmatched entertainment experience and can’t wait to welcome you back into our clubs next week!

From Monday 10th August we will also update our trading hours as below 👇

20/07/2020 – Update on Our Operations

Did you attend the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club between 13th – 17th July?

As recommended by Public Health advice, if you did, you should:

✔️ Immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last there
✔️ Get tested even if you have no symptoms
✔️ Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested
should any symptoms recur
✔️ Even if you get a negative test, you must stay in isolation
for 14 days (this is because it can take 14 days
before you may show symptoms or test positive)

➡️ More info on https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20200719_01.aspx

10/07/2020 – An Update on Our Operations

Following the announcement by the ACT Government to pause our move to Stage 3 easing of restrictions, we’d like to let you know that we will keep operating under the current conditions for at least two more weeks.

While this means almost business as “usual” for our restaurant and cafe, this also means our gaming facilities remain closed until further notice.

3/07/2020 – Both Clubs Open!

We are happy to let everyone know that both Ainslie Football Club and Gungahlin Lakes Club are now open 7 days a week. The increased patron limit of 100 people has now made it viable to open our restaurants for both lunch and dinner service.

Bookings for the restaurant can be made on our website or via Google Maps. Bookings are only available for our restaurants. If you would like to come in for a drink or two you are more than welcome however our bars and cafes are operating on a first in best dressed basis.

Patrons must be seated when in our bar areas and must practise social distancing.

To comply with government guidelines and to keep our community safe, we have implemented several procedures we kindly ask you to follow. Patrons must sign in and out when arriving and leaving the club so we are able to adhere to visitor limits. Additionally, patrons may only enter via the main foyer. We will also be offering optional temperature scanning on entry. Social distancing guides will be placed in the club and hand sanitising stations will be made available for all patrons.

Our gaming areas are not yet open.

09/06/2020 – Good news, we are coming back!

As restrictions begin to ease in the ACT, we are happy to announce that we will have partially reopened the Gungahlin Lakes Club on Wednesday the 3rd of June, in accordance with Canberra’s Easing of Restrictions Roadmap. We will be opening our café and our bar as well as the kitchen to serve from a limited menu, every day from 10AM to 4PM.

The Lakes Café will be open each day serving cakes, pastries, sandwiches and coffee. Aroma will also be open serving pizzas, burgers and steak sandwiches. Our bar will be open but please note that we can only serve alcohol with meals.

Unfortunately, opening Ainslie Football & Social Club at this time is not viable due to the 20 patron limit. We look forward to the day when Ainslie Football Club can welcome back all of our valued members and guests, however your safety is our top priority.

To comply with government guidelines and to keep our community safe, we have implemented several procedures we kindly ask you to follow. Patrons must sign in and out when arriving and leaving the club so we are able to adhere to visitor limits. Additionally, patrons may only enter via the main foyer. We will also be offering optional temperature scanning on entry. Social distancing guides will be placed in the club and hand sanitising stations will be made available for all patrons.

Keep in mind, it’s our shared responsibility to keep the club a COVIDsafe environment, so please stay home if you feel unwell.

Our staff have been briefed on the latest safety and hygiene guidelines and will be conducting thorough and regular cleaning of all surfaces using hospital-grade disinfectant.

We kindly ask you to enjoy your time here responsibly, following the signage across the venue, adhering to the social distancing guidelines, and by being considerate of each other as we get through this as a community.

Golf Update

To encourage our community to maintain an active lifestyle during these times we have waived the joining fee across all of our golf memberships. This is a saving of up to $200! For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2AyfOpS

17/04/2020 – Burger Builder Contest

We are aware our mouth-watering burgers have become famous across the universe, and these mesmerizing creations are normally coming from the boundless minds of our celebrated chefs.

But what if… YOU could be our next chef?

Yes, you hear it well. We want you to invent and name our next best-selling burger. We’ll cook it for you for free, and our customers will also be able to purchase it at the counter for a limited time.
We’ll also chuck in a $200 dining voucher if you win, because who doesn’t love free food?

Everyone is invited to participate:

  • Fancy weird pairings? Get enough votes, and we’ll still do it.
  • Beefy is not your type? Go for chicken breast or schnitzel.
  • Vegetarian or vegan? Our Halloumi and vegan patties are delicious and look great on Instagram.

Cool, how do I submit my burger? 😋

Our Burger Builder contest will be held on our Facebook page from Friday 17th April.

The rules are simple:

  1. Comment with your recipe and burger name under the contest post on our Facebook pages (max 10 ingredients, including patty, bread excluded)
  2. Get your friends to like and comment
  3. The entry with the most reactions & comments by 10 pm, Sunday 26/04 wins

Full rules, Terms and Conditions

  • Recipes should only use easy-to-source ingredients (we’ll try our best)
  • The burger must have a name
  • Regular burger bread only
  • Maximum 10 items per recipe including patty (bread not counted)
  • Patty can be classic beef, chicken breast, schnitzel, haloumi or vegan
  • Starts 17/04 – ends 26/04 10pm
  • The recipe with the most reactions (can be any reaction) and comments by Sunday 26/04 10pm wins, in case of a draw both entries win
  • Winners will win a free custom burger based on their recipe and a $200 dining voucher
  • Offensive or inappropriate names/comments will be removed
  • Ainslie Group reserves the rights to change and edit Terms & Conditions at any time
  • You’ll be able to redeem your prizes as we reopen our venues


Click on the links below to submit your entry for each Club:

06/04/2020 – The Golf Course Reopens

Dear Members,

In consultation with the CEO of Ainslie Group, it has been agreed that the course will open for competition and social play on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the weekend days commencing tomorrow 7 April. All competitions will be run by the Pro-shop team.

In the approaching Easter period, the course will be open for an additional day (Monday 12 April) on which the Pro-shop team will run a competition. This will not be an Invitational event. The course will not be open on Good Friday (10 April).

Time sheets will be available for members from this afternoon to use in booking in for their games. Pro-shop staff will be able to accept social bookings made via the phone on the days the course is open.

Play on other days of the week will be considered as part of the regular review process and advice regarding this possibility will be available early in the week commencing 12 April. Please check the Website and Facebook pages for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/gunlakes/

Pro-Shop- Rules Update
• No more than two people are to be in the Pro-shop at any one time.
• Payments are by card only, no cash will be accepted.
• There is to be limited social interaction at the Club prior to, or at the conclusion of your game of golf. Members are to arrive no sooner that 20 minutes before their allocated tee time, play golf, and then depart the Club.
• Golf Carts to be returned to the cart parking area near the practice nets.
• Golf cart keys are to be returned to the Pro-shop and placed in the container provided.
• Pull buggies must be returned to the Pro-shop for cleaning.
• The Driving Range will be open on the days that the Pro-shop is open but social distancing is to apply – four meters between each player practicing is required.
• Range buckets to be left up on the range (staff will collect for cleaning).

In addition, all precautions outlined below on 24/03/2020 are still in place to maximise the safety of our patrons.

Members in ‘categories of concern’ primarily those over 65 years of age and indigenous members over 50 years are asked to think seriously about whether by playing they would be putting their health at greater risk.  The health of our players is our pre-eminent concern and we ask that you take seriously the health risks of playing when you may be susceptible to transmission.

30/03/2020 – The Golf Course is Closed

24/03/2020 – The Golf Course Remains Open

Dear Golfers,

Our club remains closed until further notice however, the golf course is open! Not only is it a great place to be right now, but the weather is also awesome and the course is getting back into good condition. So if you play in our club competitions or have a regular social game with your mates, we are ready for you to tee it up.

COVID-19 Additional Safety Measures

The R&A supported by Golf Australia and the various State bodies have announced a series of temporary measures that will enable clubs to reduce any hygiene implications related to the Corona Virus (COVID–19) and complying with the Rules of Golf.  

The new arrangements, as notified below, will apply as Local Rules for the playing of Competition Golf on the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. These Local Rules are on the Local Rules Board outside the door of the Pro-shop.


  • Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).
  • Enter your Marker’s score on your card e.g. your scorecard should have both sets of scores recorded.  
  • It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place.
  • Write your Marker’s name where your Marker would normally sign.
  • Scorecards are to be entered into the kiosk as usual.  Please use a pencil or tee when ‘tapping’ the screen. Doing this will alleviate the need to touch the screen with any part of one’s person. Once the scores have been entered place your cards into the box, as you would normally do.
  • Committee members and pro shop staff will continue to check the cards while doing ‘closeout’ but will use protective gloves when handling the scorecards.


  • Players MUST leave the flagstick in the hole at all times.
  • If over the coming days/weeks this rule is not adhered to, the golf committee has decided a further Local Rule will be applied where players will incur a Standard Penalty (2 Shots) for breaching of the Local Rule.

The Hole

  • A device will be placed in each hole to ensure that players can lift their ball easily out of the hole without touching the sides of the cup.  A ball at rest in the hole will be considered to be holed even if it is not entirely below the level of the hole.
  • Please do not pick-up another person’s golf ball.


  • Rakes have been removed from all Bunkers.  It is recognised that bunkers may not be smoothed as effectively, as when rakes are on the course but we consider this to be acceptable in mitigating the risk of transmission. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club after their shot.
  • Should your ball come to rest in an area that has not been ‘smoothed’ adequately, players may place their ball within a card length of the affected lie. Good practice would be to consult your playing partner if you deemed it necessary to ‘place’ your ball.    
  • Bunkers will be machine screed by the Greens’ staff as is done now in the normal course of bunker maintenance.   

Sand Buckets

Sand buckets should continue to be used to fill divots. Our suggestion to players is that they handle the bucked with their ‘gloved’ hand or using a piece of cloth for added protection.


 In compliance with Government and Golf NSW directives for “social distancing” we are limiting carts to 1-person-use only. This means 2 persons cannot ride in a cart together. Non-compliance will see the cart removed from you. This action will apply immediately until further notice.  

Please return the cart to the designated cleaning area and the key to the designated bin in the pro shop for cleaning.

The Pro Shop

  • Doors have been wedged open for your safety
  • Payments at the pro shop are now cashless. Card payments Only.
  • PLEASE Only 2 Customers at any 1 time in the pro shop
  • Water bubblers and air hose have been taken out of service.

These measures have been put in place for your safety and the safety of others. We ask you to strictly adhere to these changes until further notice.

Finally, on behalf of the team at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club, we look forward to seeing you at the golf course enjoying the great outdoors.

23/03/2020 – Temporary Shutdown

Dear Valued Members and Patrons,

As of today, we are temporarily closing our doors of both the Gungahlin Lakes Club and Ainslie Football & Social Club to comply with the Government’s decision to shutdown all licensed venues.

On our side, rest assured we will do everything we can to support our staff and community during these challenging times.

Please stay safe, but also remain kind and compassionate to one another. This can be challenging in times of uncertainty, but we need to keep our community mindset strong so we can get through this as quickly as possible.

Of course, we are already missing you.

Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates and information on when we are going to reopen: https://ainsliegroup.com.au/coronavirus-updates/

We look forward to seeing you soon.


When are you going to reopen?

Unfortunately, we still do not know at this stage. Please keep checking our website for the latest updates: https://ainsliegroup.com.au/coronavirus-updates/

What happens to my membership and vouchers while the club remains closed?

The duration of all memberships and vouchers will be extended for the time being.

How can I get in touch while you are closed?

You can still contact us through our website, Facebook pages, and the following email address:


We will do our best to respond to all enquiries in a timely manner.

Can I still play golf while the club is closed?

Yes, our golf course remains open, please ensure you are practicing social distancing (stay 1.5 metres or more from other people) while playing.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch as outlined above.


A note from our CEO on the current situation

Dear Valued Members and Customers,

As new cases of COVID-19 have started to emerge in the ACT, I would personally like to assure you we are taking every precaution to minimise risk and ensure the safety of our employees, patrons and the broader community.

Here, I just wanted to highlight some of the special measures we are implementing to contain the risk of the virus in our venues as much as possible.

We have placed free hand sanitising stations throughout our facilities, and I encourage everyone to use them. The tables in our restaurants and bars have been moved at least 1.5 metres apart from each other, where possible, as per direction of the Department of Health on social distancing. We are also conducting additional cleaning of all our tables, surfaces, and floors. Our bathrooms are equipped with single-use toilet tissues; we have got plenty of them (but please be considerate). I’d like to recommend using contactless payment methods, when possible; we won’t charge you extra for it.

Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of our staff and customers, so rest assured we will be adopting best practices as recommended by our Government and Health Department.

At this stage, we don’t anticipate any change in our opening hours and we continue to operate as usual, until further notice.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, we have created this section to share updates, so please keep watching this space.

On behalf of all of us at Ainslie Group, I’d like to thank you for your continued support in such unusual circumstances as we proudly continue to serve our communities.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact reception or speak to our friendly staff at the club.

Yours Sincerely,

Simon Patterson

Ainslie Group CEO

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