Golf Course Safety
Gauntlet Golf’s health and safety consultant will analyse all the unique aspects of your golf course, to create a bespoke risk assessment, tailored to your course’s topography, ability to cope with extreme weather conditions, access routes, surrounding property, biodiversity and procedures.
Some of the risks we can consider during a golf course risk assessment are:
- Pedestrian hazards and player safety at blind tee shots, doglegs and on hidden greens
- Golf course etiquette at pinch points between players and greenkeepers
- Golf course evacuation procedures – in the case of lightning, storms, gales and fog
- Course water levels and the impact of heavy rain
- Water hazards on the course and the safety measures around them
- Tree hazards such as diseased and unstable trees
- Gritting and salting facilities for use in icy and snowy conditions
- The impact of deviant balls on those using adjacent fairways, tees and greens
- The impact of misdirected shots on property, cars and people
- The legibility of warning signs on the course and whether they are obscured by vegetation
- Warnings in place e.g. on the dangers of retrieving out-of-bound balls
- Dangers that may exist due to Public Rights of Way crossing the golf course
- Ladder safety in cases where ladders are provided for the use of those teeing off into a valley
- Water management and the provision of drinking water on the course
- Guidance on hand washing after handling balls that could have come into contact with fertilizers and insecticides
- First aid facilities that can be used if a player is stung or bitten by an insect, animal or reptile
Since the landmark ruling in the Niddry Castle Golf Club case in Scotland, in which a golfer sued for damages having lost an eye, no golf club can take its course safety lightly. The judge decided liability lay with both the golfer who had hit a wayward shot and the Club and awarded a sum of £397,000, plus legal costs. He split the liability 70/30 between golfer and Club.
The Club was held liable because it had no real risk management or health and safety policy in place, having overlooked safety issues in the area of the course in which the golfer was struck.
Don’t let this type of situation, and the accompanying negative headlines, occur at your club. Call Gauntlet Golf’s health and safety team on 0113 244 8686 / firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your requirements.