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North Hants Golf Club

Buggy Policy 

Introduction

The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of all ride-on buggies operated on the Course at North Hants Golf Club. The document also sets out the criteria to be adopted and conditions to be met for their use.

The Club has a small number of buggies available for hire and they can be booked in advance, by telephoning the Professional on 01252 616655.  Any booking is subject to restrictions that may be imposed owing to the condition of the Course. No guarantee can be given that a buggy will be available unless it has been pre-booked.

Qualifications

In normal conditions, there is no restriction on the use of ride on buggies other than in certain areas of the Course. In some circumstances, however it may be necessary to restrict their use (see Buggy Restrictions).

Use of a ride-on buggy will not be allowed unless authorised by the Pro shop or the General Manager. Any person who operates a ride-on buggy on the Golf Course is deemed by so doing, to have the knowledge, training, and skill to safely operate the vehicle and be fully accountable for their actions and the consequences thereof.

The safe operation of ride-on buggies on the Course requires conscientious application and adherence to the minimum standard of care prescribed by this policy.

Ride-on buggies must be operated in accordance with the requirements of the Golf Buggy Safety Policy and all those who hire a buggy will be required to sign a disclaimer with the Pro Shop prior to play.

The General Manager or the Pro shop reserves the right to refuse permission if some or all of the conditions stipulated are not met. 

Buggy Restrictions

The Club staff may determine that the state of the Course or the weather is such that safety on, or the condition of the Course may be unacceptably compromised if a ride-on buggy is used. This might apply to the whole or just part of the Course. Potentially unsuitable conditions include water logging, frost, etc.

When restrictions are in place North Hants Golf Club acknowledges it has a duty to disabled persons under that act to “make reasonable adjustment”.  North Hants Golf Club will establish what reasonable adjustments shall be made to enable disabled players on buggies to access safely, and enjoy our facilities without risk to themselves or others.

The reasonable adjustments may comprise some, or all the following practices;

  • Clearly defined routes identifying safe access;
  • Restricting access to sensitive areas;
  • The introduction of pathways where reasonably practicable;
  • 90-degree rule for traffic management (travel in the rough until level with the ball);
  • A composite golf course layout if deemed safe and practicable

Notwithstanding North Hants Golf Club's duties to make  reasonable adjustment, we acknowledge that our primary obligation is to the safety of all users of the facility, this factor overrides all other considerations.

Competitions

Buggies may be used in competition play by those suffering from a disability within the meaning of section 6 of The Equality Act 2010.

In exceptional circumstances those with short term injuries which are not covered by disability may be given permission to use a buggy in competition play. A medical certificate may be required before permission is granted.

Golf Buggy Safety Policy:

Safe Working Practice / Conditions of Use

  • The user of the golf buggy will be liable for any damage or injury, including damage to a buggy, caused by negligent operation.
  • The user of the golf buggy does so at their own risk. North Hants Golf Club does not accept liability for damage or personal injury to any passenger or other persons whilst the buggy is in the care and or control of the user.
  • Persons driving a buggy must be 17 years of age or older and hold a full valid driving licence
  • Ride-on buggy operators must not be under the influence of alcoholic drinks or drugs.
  • All operators of ride-on buggies, including privately owned buggies, must sign a Safety Disclaimer before they are permitted to drive the buggy.

During use

  • At no time shall the vehicle carry more than 2 passengers and 2 sets of clubs
  • Do not move off until the occupants are seated
  • Always remain seated and hold on while the vehicle is in motion
  • Hands, feet, and head must be kept inside the buggy at all times while the vehicle is in motion
  • Ride-on buggies must not be driven in prohibited areas
  • The vehicle must be used to progress the game and must not be driven up and down excessively, e.g., when looking for golf balls
  • The vehicle must not be used on tees, greens or the slopes leading up to them
  • The vehicle must not be used within 5 metres of any green, bunker, ditch or slopes leading to them except when using the designated bridges or paths or between green and bunkers
  • Check the area behind the vehicle before reversing
  • Always set the parking brake before leaving the vehicle
  • Always consider the terrain, existing vehicular and pedestrian traffic conditions as well as environmental factors that may affect your ability to operate the vehicle safely
  • Drive the vehicle only as fast as the terrain and safety considerations allow
  • To avoid tipping over, drive the buggy straight up and down severe slopes
  • Slow down before corners.
  • All turns must be executed at reduced speeds
  • Avoid sudden stops or changes of direction that may result in loss of control
  • Be extra careful when the Course is wet and muddy

After Use

  • Make sure the parking brake is engaged
  • Return the key to the Pro Shop
  • Report any accidents/incidents/near misses that occurred during use

Privately Owned Buggies & Ride-On Vehicles

A small number of privately owned buggies and ride-on vehicles are authorised to be kept or stored on the Club premises for a annual fee.  Privately owned buggies and ride-on vehicles are for the sole use of the owner only and under no circumstance are they to be lent or hired out to third parties.

Users of privately owned buggies do so entirely at their own risk. North Hants Golf Club will not accept liability for any loss or damage to the privately owned buggies or any other property arising from the negligence of the Club or any of its servants or agents.

All private buggy owners must be 17 years of age or older and hold a full valid driving license.

In respect of Privately Owned Buggies, Club Office Staff will retain on file a medical certificate and an up to date insurance certificate providing cover for third party risk of at least £1,000,000 (one million pounds).





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