Club Health & Safety Policy
Course risk assessment statement
Members, Guests and Visitors are advised that comprehensive Risk Assessments are regularly carried out on the Course in accordance with the Club’s Health & Safety Policy.
It is your responsibility, as a golfer, caddie or spectator on the course, to ensure that you adhere strictly to the following:
- Practice play is strictly limited to the designated driving range on the north side of the car park and to the small practice putting green in the south east corner of the car park. Practice is strictly forbidden on the course;
- You are advised to take particular care when moving around the course in wet or cold weather, when underfoot conditions may require extra caution. Steps on the course should be used with great care, particularly in wet conditions;
- You are advised to adopt caution, and be aware of your surroundings, when close to any trees on the course, particularly during windy or other adverse weather conditions. While branches considered to be dangerous are removed whenever possible, the Club cannot be held responsible for natural conditions prevailing at any particular time;
- You are advised to use caution when going down or up any steep incline on the course, particularly when using golf buggies or trolleys. Adherence to the instructions detailed on any directional signage for buggies and/or trolleys is also essential in order to minimise risk in this respect;
- You are advised to avoid oral contact with anything that comes into contact with the golf course (including trees, sand, soil and grass), particularly when caution signs indicate that chemicals have recently been sprayed on the course;
- In the event that you come across any dead wildlife on the course, you are expressly prohibited from any contact with it and requested to advise a member of the Club Staff, who will deal with it accordingly;
- You are advised to exercise caution at all times on the course in respect of identifying areas where you may be at potential risk of being hit by another golfer’s ball, and to follow the advice of cautionary notices to this effect that are placed in particular areas on the course. Particular care should be taken where the landing area is not clearly visible from the tee and areas where parallel fairways are played in opposing directions;
- You are advised, when playing, to take every precaution to avoid hitting anybody with your golf ball. Particular care should be taken at holes where the landing area is not clearly visible especially the 6th,7th, 8th, 15th and 18th holes and wherever parallel fairways are played in opposing directions;
- Never play a shot unless the players ahead are well out of range. If a mishit shot is heading in the direction of other golfers, you must shout “FORE!” in a loud voice to alert players of possible danger. If “FORE!” is heard when playing, please take evasive action if possible;
- Golfers must always stand well back behind the player who is playing his shot, both on the tee and on all other areas of the Course. A swinging golf club can be dangerous and can cause damage;
- All golfers must ensure that they are adequately insured in respect of the risks involved with the playing of golf. It is recommended that golfers should be insured against the unlikely event of them being injured or causing injury as a result of an errant shot.
- The greens staff are regularly working on the Course when golf is in progress. Please be careful and courteous to them and ensure that they are aware of, and have acknowledged your presence, prior to playing in their proximity.
All Members, Guests and Visitors are kindly requested to advise Alec Jones, Steward, of any hazards they feel have not been addressed above.
On Behalf of the Committee, March 2021
Bellingham Golf Club