The Spa and Glevum course may be closed, or play suspended, when extreme and/or adverse weather conditions occur and damage to the course or risk to personal safety would result if play were permitted.
For players already on the course(s) one long blast will be sounded with an air horn on the 1st tee of the Spa course and from the driving range for the Glevum course. On hearing this air horn all players MUST suspend play.
Re-Opening the Courses
Two consecutive short blasts on the air horn will be sounded from the above locations to advise players who chose to remain on the course during the suspension of play and for those that have returned to the course that it is safe to re-commence play.
In conditions of fog, play will not commence if you cannot see the red and white fog indicator pole situated on the right hand side of the Spa course first fairway. If fog comes down while play is in progress, one long blast of the air horn will be sounded by a member of the golf reception and driving range staff. On hearing this all players MUST suspend play. The course will then re-open according to the above procedure.
When lightning is seen in the vicinity of the course, players must stop play. One long blast will be sounded on the air horn by a member of the golf reception and driving range staff on the 1st tee of the Spa course and from the driving range for the Glevum course to advise players who did not witness the lightning flash that they must suspend play and are advised to return to the clubhouse. It is incumbent upon each member or visitor to assess the risk and ensure that they take appropriate measures to ensure safe passage from the course.
Where there is not sufficient time to evacuate the course and there is a threat of lightning, you are advised to comply with the following procedure:
DO: Keep as low down as possible, leave your golf equipment and stand away from it.
DO NOT: Stand under overhead power lines or pylons, shelter under trees or go to high ground, use a mobile phone (switch it off), put your umbrella up or in any circumstances stand by a stream or pond.
The course(s) will be re-opened according to the procedure above (ideally 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder is heard).
All golfers must give way to users of the public right of way which runs along the left hand side of the 4th and the right hand side of the 12th.
All golfers must give way to users of the public right of way which runs along the right hand side of the course on the 4th, 5th and 6th holes for golfers and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th for footgolfers.
When leaving the 7th green to the 8th tee and the 11th green to the 12th tee on the Spa course it is necessary to cross the driveway. All players are advised to exercise extreme caution when crossing this road.
Players and Green Staff
During the early part of the day players are asked to give priority to greens staff. After course preparation, greens staff are to give priority to players. When the flag has been removed by the greens staff, this indicates the hole is out of play. Players are asked to wait until it is replaced which will indicate the hole is safe to play again.
Extreme caution should be taken when using the sleepers/banks/steps to access or exit the tees/1st green; these can become slippery, especially in damp/wet conditions.
Extreme caution should be taken when on uneven areas of the course; they can become slippery, especially in damp/wet conditions.
Insurance and Liability
The Club recommend that all members and visiting golfers are adequately insured against the unlikely event of equipment theft or of them being injured or causing injury as a result of an errant shot.
Buggy operators who have hired a buggy from the Club are responsible for the security of the vehicle during the hire period and the return of the keys thereafter.
All incidents on the course must be reported immediately to golf reception.
The Club has a duty of care of care to all users of the golf course, including pedestrians using the public right of way. The topography of certain areas of the course is such that caution and prudence must be shown by all users of ride-on buggies. To ensure the safety of all golf course users, buggy drivers and passengers are required to comply with the following conditions:
The Club strongly recommends that all users/golfers have a valid insurance policy to cover liability for risks to third parties
Who Can Use A Golf Buggy
Privately owned buggies may only be used with prior permission from the Club
All buggy users must hold a valid full UK driving licence
No person under the age of 17 may operate a buggy
Buggies are not available for footgolf
Where And When Can Buggies Be Used
All signs directing traffic movement must be strictly observed
No buggy shall be driven on or near any trees, gree