Use of Ride-on Buggies on the Golf Course
The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of all ride on buggies operated on the course at Stocksfield Golf Club. It also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when the club considers applications for the use of privately owned buggies.
The Equality Act 2010 concerned itself with anyone who had a disability (as defined by the legislation). Under the Act Golf Clubs (and other premises) have a legal duty to produce a policy that allows equal access to the Club to those players who have a recognised disability. The Club has to ensure that all reasonable adjustments, which may include the use of a buggy, are made to allow those with a disability to play golf.
Stocksfield Golf Club have decided to develop a policy that encompasses all members and visitors who, while not fulfilling the legislative definitions of being disabled, need the help provided by a motorised ride on buggy to play golf.
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 this 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.
From time to time 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 logged, frost, etc. Where such conditions arise the club will review the situation on a daily basis.
Due to the fact that privately owned buggies have their own insurance cover in place it may be possible they continue to use their buggy. In these situations only single seater buggies will be allowed and a review of this policy may be made should ground conditions dictate a change.
The Club will endeavour to ensure that restrictions will be kept to a minimum.
Use in General Play and Competitions
The Club offer for hire a limited number of buggies, subject to availability. It is advisable to book these in advance as there is no guarantee of availability. The Club also permits the use of privately owned buggies. Use of personal buggies is also subject to the conditions contained in this policy.
Ride-on buggies may be used during closed and open competitions.
Ride-on buggies must be operated in accordance with the requirements of the following documents:
Golf Buggy Safety Policy
Golf Buggy Safe Working Practice
Golf Buggy Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form.
Buggy Route Guidance.
Copies of these documents can be downloaded by clicking on the following links: