Fog and Darkness Policy
The club has a duty of care to all users of the course and as such has a clear policy regarding the discontinuation of play due to lack of visibility. This will be typically due to either fog or darkness.
The policy is to be adhered to at all times. Failure to do so, will result in individuals being sanctioned in accordance with club rules for breach of club policies.
- Player responsibility
- The decision regarding play when visibility is poor, first and foremost, lies with the individual golfer, as they are putting others at risk.
- Wherever a golfer is on the course, they must assess whether they can see the clear distance of their intended shot; whether it is safe to play.
- If the clear distance of their intended shot cannot be seen, the player must not play.
- Golfers may wait to see if conditions improve. If visibility does not improve, golfers must cancel their round and their participation in competition, citing dangerous playing conditions as the reason.
- Tee closures
- If visibility from the clubhouse across the course, in any direction, is below 300 yards, then the course is closed and golfers are prohibited from venturing onto the course until the course is reopened. “Course closed” signs will be displayed on tees that are in close proximity to the clubhouse.
- Responsibility for this decision is to be taken by the most senior member of staff or committee present.
- Members must not apply pressure to members of staff, in this matter; this may be considered as intimidation and a breach of the club’s staff anti-bullying policy.
- Suspension of competition
R&A rules of golf – rule 6E clause 2.
It is recommended that, if landing areas are no longer visible to players (for example, due to fog or darkness), play should be suspended. Similarly, if players are unable to read the line of play on a putting green due to a lack of visibility, play should be suspended.”
- In the event of a club competition, rule 6E(2) will be triggered by the designated Competition Secretary, based on the actions of individual golfers, as per clause 1 or suspension of play as per clause 2 above.
- Once a significant number of participating golfers have decided that it is no longer safe to continue and start to come in off the course, the competition will be suspended or cancelled on the grounds that the course is deemed unplayable.
- This decision is taken by the designated competition secretary, based on the consensus and actions of a number of the participants.
- Individual golfers in competition
Should, in accordance with clause 1 above, an individual player decide to stop playing on the grounds that they are concerned that they may be endangering other golfers, then the competition committee can allow this without cancelling the competition, provided they are contented that the individual did so out of genuine and appropriate concern for the safety of others.
If, because of bad weather, a player refuses to start at the time arranged by the competition committee or picks up during the round and the competition committee later cancels that round, the player gets no penalty as all penalties in a cancelled round are cancelled.