Brocton Hall Golf Club has a duty of care to all users of the golf course. Due to disability, some members, visitors and guests may not be able to play golf without the assistance provided by a motorised ride-on buggy whilst others may simply prefer the option to drive around the course instead of walking.
The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of any ride-on buggies authorised and operated within the confines of Brocton Hall Golf Club (BHGC)
The document also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when BHGC considers applications for buggy use both hired and personally owned.
The topography of the BHGC is such that you are requested to please take particular note of Course Topography Considerations and Restrictions thereof referred to later in this document.
This document is based upon and adapted from a template provided by the National Golf Clubs’ Advisory Association (NGCAA) www.ngcaa.co.uk
BHGC welcomes the use of motorised golf buggies on the course subject to certain restrictions such as weather / ground conditions and health and safety considerations. Use of a ride-on buggy in competitions is permitted as the Match and Handicap Committee do not feel that the use of a buggy provides any unfair advantage over other golfers not using a buggy. A medical certificate is therefore not required to use a buggy in competitions.
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 following documents.
In order that these conditions can in practice be met, the BHGC Management Committee / Golf Club Secretary or their approved nominee must whenever possible be given prior notice of a requirement by a member, visitor or guest to use a ride-on buggy unless they are already registered with the golf club office. BHGC reserves the right to refuse permission if some or all of the conditions stipulated are not complied with.
From time to time BHGC 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, but are not restricted to, waterlogging, frost, snow and reduced visibility. Where such conditions arise BHGC will review the situation on at least a twice daily basis.
Determining any such restrictions on buggy use will be the responsibility of the following;
Due to the historic layout of Brocton Hall Golf Club, some holes could be deemed hazardous to motorised buggies in certain weather or ground conditions. Particular consideration has, and continues, to be given to the potentially hazardous nature of the following sections of the course.
4th hole – slope from tee area to fairway & gradient of slope from fairway to greenside area
6th hole – pathway from 5th green to white tee
12th hole – slope from 11th green to white & yellow tee area
13th hole – pathway to quarry pit & exit slope from quarry pit
To this effect, after careful consideration and risk assessments having been carried out there may be restrictions in place for motorised buggies which could prohibit access to some or all of these holes or specific tees. In some circumstances an alternative route for buggies will be clearly marked out and this must be adhered to.
Any implementation of restrictions will be the responsibility of the Head Greenkeeper, Club Professional, Chairman of Course and or Health & Safety Lead
The Club has a duty of care to its employees and all users of the golf course. Caution and care must be shown by all users of buggies. Moreover, the Club has to ensure the safety of golfers who do not use buggies but who might be at risk from a mechanically defective buggy or its careless use. The Club's duty of care also applies to any members of the public who may be on the course.
To assist the safe employment of ride-on buggies all potential users (members, visitors and guests) shall comply with the following conditions:
To ensure the safe use of buggies, all users are required to comply with the following conditions:
Brocton Hall Golf Club has no responsibility for ensuring the safe operation of buggies on or beyond the confines of the course and the Club car-parks other than those operated by their servants or agents. The Club will accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to any property other than that arising from the negligent use of a buggy by their servants or agents.
BHGC welcomes the use of privately owned buggies by members, guests and visitors subject to the terms and conditions of use & buggy safety policy. It is the responsibility of the owner / user of such a buggy to ensure that the buggy is safe & fit for purpose & that the appropriate conditions for use have been met.
BHGC has limited facilities for permanent under cover storage of privately owned buggies which is allocated on a first come basis. A waiting list is in operation for available spaces and is monitored by the Golf Club Secretary.The Management Committee are currently evaluating a proposal to utilise the under cover parking bays at the club for buggy storage. If this is ratified, it is expected that the facility will be operational by early 2022.
Permission to store a buggy at BHGC is at the discretion of the Management Committee and subject to an annual levy of £100 to cover rental of storage space and electricity for charging.
The levy does not cover any insurance cost or imply any liability for the security of a stored buggy on the premises of BHGC.
Owners should arrange their own comprehensive insurance policy to cover personal injury, 3rd party liability, fire & theft.
An application form and supporting documentation for the use of and / or storing of a personal buggy should be presented to BHGC on an annual basis at the point when annual subscription for golf club membership is due.
In any event, permission to store a buggy will be reviewed annually on a case-by-case basis.
Members currently making use of storage facilities will have first opportunity to renew up to the end of the current subscription due date 31/3/22. After which spaces will be re-allocated on a first come basis reflecting when subscriptions are paid. The current waiting list takes priority over new applications.
Where a privately owned buggy is transported to BHGC rather than being stored on the club premises, users should park their trailer or other vehicle utilised for transporting the buggy in a way so as to not create a hazard or inconvenience to other users of the car park.