Kirkbymoorside Golf Club Fog Policy
Although it is rare for Kirkbymoorside Golf Club to suffer from poor visibility; it is prudent to have a Fog Policy to ensure that members, visitors and staff alike are kept safe from harm.
It is incumbent on the management of the Club to try and keep the course open for as long as possible but only when it is safe to do so. This policy sets out the procedures to close the course when fog or mist prohibits visibility when friendly and competition golf is in operation.
The bench mark to determine if play can start or continue will be measured by the ability to see the far end of the fence between the 18th hole and Manor Vale, approximately 215 yards. If play is allowed it is still the responsibility of players to not hit a ball further than they can see it land.
The Competitions Committee/Pro Shop Staff will be the sole judge of whether or not visibility is good enough for play to start or continue. On occasions Fog will remain longer than anticipated and therefore good communication with the competitors is vital. Time limits should be stated, for example an inspection in 15 minutes or half an hour, this will stop competitors being anxious. If the delay prevents the competition to be completed it should be abandoned and this decision will rest solely with the Competition Committee or their appointee. Enough time should be given once the fog has lifted to allow competitors preparation time to play and also time for the fog to come back in, this period of pre play should be no less than 10 minutes.
will endeavour to get everyone off in order of their start time. If no tee
reservations are in place then it may be possible to accommodate all golfers in
the remaining daylight hours. It would be the management’s duty to inform
golfers of the total time delay, so they can arrive at the Club at their new
appropriate time. If there is a tee reservation, the golfers waiting would have
to give way to this tee reservation. The management would liaise with the
organiser of that tee reservation to endeavour to accommodate as many of those
golfers waiting to play as possible. However, if this is not possible it may be
the case that the waiting golfers will not be able to start. Again enough time
should be given once the fog has lifted to allow competitors preparation time
to play and also time for the fog to come back in, this period of pre play
should be no less than 10 minutes.
Below are listed some of responsibilities of Members, Visitors and Green Staff.
Responsibility of Management/Pro Shop Staff
- to ensure at all times the safety of members, visitors and staff are paramount
- to close the Course when visibility prevent seeing 215 yards
- to communicate and update the situation as often as possible with waiting golfers
- to give time limits when inspections will take place
- to allow for a minimum of 10 minutes pre play before starting or restarting
- to restart as soon as possible
- to ensure as many waiting groups get off on the order of their original start time
- to liaise with groups that have tee reservations to see if a compromise can not be reached
- to abandon the competition if it is obvious that not enough time is left to complete the competition
Responsibility of Members/Visitors
- to listen and take notice of instruction by management
- to “make up” as much as possible to ensure the least amount of time is lost
- to be ready to play when asked
- to tell the Pro Shop Staff if you are unable to play because of later commitments
- to abandon their game when playing on the course if the fog comes down and golfers can’t see more than 215 yards
- to not attempt to hit the ball further than they can see it landing
- to be reasonable if told that you were not able to play.
Responsibility of Green Staff
- to keep safe at all times and wear appropriate PPC
- to help give instruction to golfers on the Course
- to remind golfers of their responsibility whilst on the Course
Suspension of play
If no one is playing on the course when the decision is made to suspend play a notice will be placed on the 1st Tee.
If visibility becomes limited on any part of the course it is the individual responsibility of all golfers to cease play and report the condition as soon as practical to a Club Official
When players are on the course and conditions deteriorate such that in the opinion of an authorised club official play should be suspended we will adopt the signals as recommended within the Rules of Golf “Suspension of Play due to a Dangerous Situation” which are:
Discontinue play immediately: One prolonged note of the klaxon
Discontinue play: Three consecutive notes of klaxon, repeated
Resume play: Two short notes of klaxon, repeated.
All golfers must not commence or continue play when the decision to cease play has been made by the Club.