Health & Safety


The management or risk is assessed by a generalist Likelihood and Severity matrix, where a dedicated activity is identified then a separate risk assessment will be produced, upon any incident the relevant risk assessment section will be reviewed and amended .

Access to the Clubhouse assessment can be obtained here (updated 12/20)  – general ra clubhouse v1.1



Members, Guests and Visitors and Staff are hereby advised that comprehensive Risk Assessments are 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 consider safety and adhere strictly to the following:-

  • Practice play is strictly limited to the designated practice ground and to the small practice putting green on the right of the path to the first tee. 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 use caution when going up or down 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.

    Caution during damp and wet spells steps on tees may get very slippery, you must take great care on wet steps,wet grass slopes and paths around the clubhouse

  • You are advised to avoid oral contact with anything that comes into contact with the golf course (including bushes, 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 Greens staff, who will deal with it accordingly.

  • 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 Ianding area is not clearly visible (especially the 7th and 18th holes, where hitting should only commence after the bell has been sounded by the players in front), and wherever parallel fairways are played in opposing directions.

  • Never play a shot unless the players ahead are 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 should ensure that they are adequately insured in respect of the risks involved with 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 green 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 the Office of any hazards they feel have not been addressed above.

All Members and Golfing Visitors are expected to have their own personal liability insurance in case of incident, England Golf provide such cover if Union Affiliation fees have been paid – 

The Clubs two key Risk Assessments are accessible below[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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