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Health and Safety Policy

Health & Safety
Withington Golf Club is committed to the Health and Safety of their staff, members, visitors and guests. The H&S policy, Risk Assessments and COSHH assessments are available and can be viewed upon request.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Like many sports, golf can be a dangerous game and there are numerous associated hazards. Players are expected at all times to be aware of danger to both themselves and others. This guide aims to reduce the risks from these hazards by drawing your attention to the following simple control measures, which aim to promote a safety culture for the benefit of us all.
Players at WGC have a personal responsibility to follow this common sense guidance. Members should familiarise themselves with further information on Health & Safety on the Club website and on the locker room notice board.

SWINGING GOLF CLUBS
Be aware of the position of others and maintain a safe distance at all times.

BALL STRIKES
Never play until those in front of you are out of range.
Never play if you feel others have encroached too much onto the line of your intended shot. Always ensure they move to a safer position before playing.
Always shout “FORE” to warn others of stray shots heading in their direction.
Always take evasive action on the shout of “FORE” by turning away from the direction of the shout and by covering your face and head with your arms.

BLIND SHOTS
Never play shots if you cannot be certain the intended landing area is clear of other golfers, green staff or members of the public. Utilise playing partners to ensure you are safe and the intended landing area is clear, i.e. cutting the corner on the 13th hole where there is a public right of way (PROW) across the fairway, which is not visible from the tee.
Pedestrians on the PROWs have right of way over golfers on the course.

FOG
Where fog is present, visibility is dependent upon where you are on the course. Competition play will be cancelled in serious fog conditions. However, sensible guidance for general play, which keeps the course open and safe, is that players MUST only hit shots to an intended position which is visible to the group/player playing the shot. It is Essential to be aware of other golfers, green staff and pedestrians on the PROWs.

FALLING DEBRIS
Be vigilant when under tree canopies in strong winds.

GOLF COURSE TOPOGRAPHY (Uneven ground, Gradients, Up Slopes, Down Slopes, Ditches, Streams, Ponds, Bunkers, Steps, Pathways, Golf Course Furniture.)
Be aware of these hazards in regards to slipping, tripping and falling. Always look for the safest routes when walking. Avoid walking up or down steep banks whenever possible.
Keep a safe distance from ditches, streams, ponds, deep bunkers and where ground levels fall away. Many hazards increase in regard to risk when wet, frozen or muddy.
Always wear the correct footwear and clothing and ensure they are in good condition and fit for purpose. If using golf shoes with moulded soles, metal, or soft spikes take extra care when wet and avoid slippery surfaces such as wooden steps and/or sleepers.

THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
If there is the risk of thunder and lightning:
Do NOT use any shelters on the course.
Do NOT stand under any overhead power lines.
Do NOT shelter under trees or on high ground.
Do NOT walk under trees when making your way off the course.
Do NOT use your mobile telephone.
Do NOT put up your umbrella under any circumstances.

EMERGENCIES
The phone number of the Clubhouse is 0161 445 9544 opt 3.
Please dial 0161 445 9544 if the defibrillator is required.
In the case of a medical emergency where an ambulance is required, dial 999.
The postcode of the Club is M20 2UE.

ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
Must be reported to the Office (if closed, Pro shop or bar) and the incident logged in the Accident Book
Please see “Local Rules Notice Board” for any other local rules in operation on the day of play.

SUSPENSION OF PLAY
Rule 6-8b:
When play is suspended by the Committee because of a dangerous situation, e.g. lightning, fog, or simply that the course is unfit for play, the klaxon will sound.

ONE PROLONGED NOTE.
Players must cease play immediately, mark the position of their ball and leave the course.
If players are between holes they shall not start the next hole.
The klaxon will sound TWO SHORT NOTES to indicate the resumption of play. Play must be resumed from where it was discontinued.
Penalty for breach of RULE 6–8b is DISQUALIFICATION.
In the event that the course becomes unplayable and the competition is abandoned, the Committee shall ascertain if sufficient cards have been completed in order to constitute a competition. This is covered in the Competitions Policy.



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In recognition of the ground work scheduled for the weekend 24/10/2020 – 25/10/2020 The 16th fairway is temporarily declared Ground Under Repair and any ball landing anywhere on the 16th fairway is to be dropped free of penalty. (Rule 25.1 applies a player must take relief). Lift, Clean and Place on mown areas is permitted. A ball may be played as it lies with the following exceptions: 1. if the ball lies within areas that have been marked with GUR white lines 2. if the ball is within a reseeded area of fairway on the 13th, 17th or 18th hole and lying on a clearly damaged spot, with playing partner consent it may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 6 inches, no nearer the hole