Health & Safety
Playing Golf in Poor Visibility Weather:
Please check with the Professional that the course is fit for playing golf. The Professional’s / Green keepers' decision are final regarding the state of play.
Clear visibility of the flag on the 10th green from the club house patio must be established before play can commence. Starting from any other point such as the 7th or 16th is not permitted in poor visibility.
If visibility is not adequate, then THE 1st TEE IS CLOSED FOR PLAY until visibility is acceptable.
The Club operates a Klaxon at the Professional Shop when lightning is present. This is now extended in accordance with the Rules of Golf Appendix I.
A decision to carry on playing during adverse weather conditions is left to the discretion of the player, who MUST accept full responsibility for his/her safety. However, if the Horn sounds, the instructions below MUST be followed:
One long blast - it is mandatory that you leave the course.
If the Horn is not sounded and a player believes there is a real danger by proceeding, he/she is entitled to discontinue play under Rule 6-8 (A)(ii)..
Where there is not sufficient time to evacuate the course and there is a threat of lightning, you are advised to comply with the following procedure:
Keep as low down as possible, leave your golf equipment and stand away from it.
Shelter under trees or go to high ground.
Use a mobile phone (switch it off).
Put your umbrella up in any circumstances.
Stand by a stream or pond.
Play should not resume for at least 30mins, after the final clap of thunder.
Advice during Lightning Storm:
It is the player’s own responsibility to discontinue play when, in his/her opinion, a danger from lightning exists. In the event that a player is out on the golf course when lightning is about then the following safety considerations are advised:
1. KEEP AS LOW AS POSSIBLE AND IDEALLY CROUCH DOWN IN THE NEAREST BUNKER/HOLLOW. Procedures Manual Updated March 201825 Ray Hunter 25
2. LEAVE YOUR GOLF EQUIPMENT WHERE IT IS AND STAND AWAY FROM IT.
3. DO NOT USE A MOBILE PHONE – MAKE SURE IT IS SWITCHED OFF.
4. DO NOT PUT AN UMBRELLA UP IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Players have a duty of care not to behave in such a way that all golfers, ARGC Staff and members of the public may be injured by their actions.
No golfer should commence or continue play when the decision to cease play has been made by a Club Official.
Members are advised to take up their own insurance to cover for any Third Party Risks.