COURSE RISK ASSESSMENT
At the request of our insurers a Risk Assessment has been conducted for the course. Users of ride-on buggies must also take account of the policies relating to their use. This is a summary of the Course Risk Assessment. Players are encouraged to read the full risk assessment available on the Club noticeboard
- Playing members are insured against 3rd party risks as part of their annual subscription and likewise visitors via their green fee. Anyone else playing the course must be insured.
- Be aware of the behaviour of other golfers and their place on the course. Do not play a shot until you are sure there is little risk of your ball hitting any other person particularly if you are hitting towards an area hidden from your view. Always shout “FORE” if you hit a wayward shot.
- To avoid being struck players should stand at least 2 metres away from the arc of the swinging club.
- Ensure your footwear is suitable for the weather and ground conditions of the day. Take time to clean the soles of your shoes during your round.
- In foggy conditions do not attempt to play if the Club Policy rules are not met or the course has been closed
- Many bunkers have steeply sloping sides. The risk of slipping on these slopes is high. Always enter and leave from the lowest point and never take buggies/trolleys on or near to these slopes.
- Likewise many tees and greens have sloping sides. To avoid risk of slipping and skidding do not take buggies/trolleys on to slopes surrounding tees. Use the steps to access raised tees at all times.
- In wet conditions many slopes are very slippery. It is essential that footwear designed for golf use is worn at all times. In addition slopes considered to be particularly risky and are to be avoided are e.g. In front of the 2nd green, down from 3rd tee, the slope from the 12th green, the slope to the 15th green and the slope from the 16th tee.
- Where steps are provided these should be used but exercise caution when using steps in wet or frosty conditions.
- There is a stream crossing the course and along the side of the 8th. Players must not attempt to retrieve balls if they cannot get a safe firm foothold and when doing so should use a proper ball retriever. Where the banks of a stream are steep another player should be close by in order to assist in case of an accident.
- Lightning poses a particularly severe risk to persons on a golf course. Where there is lightning or the threat of lightning the course will be closed by one of the persons identified in paragraph 5.2 above. Closure will be announced by means of the klaxon and a sweep of the course will take place to inform all players that they must immediately vacate the course – it is not an option to continue at your own risk. It is each individual’s responsibility to seek a safe place immediately away from lightning strikes. Do Not, under any circumstances,:-
- shelter under trees or on high ground.
- use a mobile phone,
- put up your umbrella
Where there is not sufficient time to evacuate the course and there is a threat of lightning, you are advised to keep as low down as possible, leave your golf equipment and stand away from it.
- Any accidents occurring on the course are to be reported immediately to the Club Office or if the office is not attended, to the Professional shop or Bar.
Honorary Secretary November 2017