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COURSE CLOSURE POLICY

 

NOBODY INVOLVED IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB WISHES TO CLOSE THE COURSE AT ANY TIME, BUT WE ALL HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT THERE ARE OCCASIONS WHEN THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO DO SO.

 

THE MOST OBVIOUS REASONS ARE LIGHTNING, SNOW/ICE, FLOODING OR EXCESSIVE RAIN AND ITS EFFECTS. WHENEVER THE COURSE IS CLOSED IT WILL BE REOPENED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM MEMBERS AND VISITORS OF THE PROCEDURE THAT WILL BE ADOPTED WHEN COURSE CLOSURE IS BEING CONSIDERED.

 

COMPETITION DAYS: WEEKEND OR MIDWEEK 

 

A ROTA OF BOARD MEMBERS AND THE COMPETITION SECRETARY HAS BEEN PREPARED. ONE WILL BE “ON DUTY” EVERY DAY. THE HEAD OR DUTY GREENKEEPER (AS RELEVANT) WILL TELEPHONE THE DUTY PERSON AS SOON AS HE THINKS THAT IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO CLOSE THE COURSE; TYPICALLY, THIS WILL BE AT OR ABOUT 7AM. THE DUTY PERSON WILL COME TO THE COURSE IMMEDIATELY AND THE GREENKEEPER , THE PROFESSIONAL AND THE DUTY PERSON WILL INSPECT THE RELEVANT AREAS OF THE COURSE BEFORE MAKING A DECISION.

 

THE LIKELY DECISIONS ARE:

 

  • THAT THE COMPETITION PROCEEDS AS SCHEDULED
  • THAT THE START OF THE COMPETITION IS POSTPONED FOR A TIME
  • THAT THE COMPETITION IS CANCELLED

 

 

NOTICE OF A POSTPONEMENT OR A CANCELLATION WILL BE POSTED ON MASTER SCOREBOARD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE; THE AIM WILL BE TO POST THE NOTICE BY 8AM.

 

 IT MAY BE THAT THE COURSE WILL BE RE-INSPECTED LATER IN THE DAY SO THAT SOCIAL GOLF CAN BE PLAYED.

 

NON-COMPETITION DAYS

 

THE INSPECTION PROCEDURE WILL BE AS ABOVE AND THE AIM WILL BE TO PUBLISH THE DECISION BY 8AM

 

THE LIKELY DECISIONS ARE:

 

  • THAT THE COURSE IS CLOSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR THE DAY
  • THAT THE COURSE IS CLOSED UNTIL A RE-INSPECTION AT A LATER TIME

 

 

THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE COURSE WILL NOT BE MADE UNLESS IT IS UNAVOIDABLE. IT WILL BE MADE ONLY WHEN THE SAFETY OF PLAYERS OR THE LONG TERM INTERESTS OF THE COURSE REQUIRE IT.

 

THE COURSE WILL ALWAYS BE RE-OPENED AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME. 

 

 

Members and visitors must wear properly maintained golf shoes at all times during play.

Soft spikes must be worn between 1st April and 31st October.