Buggy Policy

INTRODUCTION

Birchwood Golf Club has a policy in place for both its 2-seater rental buggies and members and visitor single seater ride on buggies.

The Club has a duty of care to all users of the golf course. Birchwood has crossing of roads around certain areas of the course is such that caution, and prudence must be shown by the user of a ride-on buggy. It is also necessary for the Club to provide adequately safe means of access for all golfers including those given permission to use buggies. Moreover, the Club must ensure the safety of golfers who do not wish to use ride-on buggies but who might be at risk from a mechanically defective ride-on buggy or its careless use. This duty of care also applies to members of the public using the various rights of way.

• To assist the safe employment of ride-on buggies all potential users (Members, visitors, and guests) shall comply with the following conditions:
• Ride-on buggies must be operated with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of pedestrians. Pedestrians must be always afforded the right-of-way.
• The signs and instructions employed on the course to warn buggy riders of potential danger areas or, areas forbidden to ride-on buggies because of concerns about danger or, the potential to cause unacceptable wear and tear to the course, must be followed at all times.
• Ride-on buggies must be operated and parked in such a manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular flow on roadways, ramps or pavements.
• Ride-on buggy operators will be responsible for the security of ignition keys for the period that the buggy is on the property owned by the Club.
• Birchwood Golf Club has no responsibility for ensuring the safe operation of ride-on 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 ride-on buggy by their servants or agents.
• Ride-on buggies shall be used only when the course is open for play and when the golf course is deemed safe enough to operate a ride on buggy, risk assessments will take place.
• Ride on buggies if asked to do so by the Professional Shop must stick to areas that are deemed acceptable to ride on.
• During winter conditions, all golfers must follow the buggy route provided by the Director of Golf. All buggies must stay on the buggy route when requested and walk at 90 degrees to their golf ball.
• In the event that certain areas of the course are deemed unsafe, buggies can only operate on the route and holes deemed safe enough by the Director of Golf on behalf of the Golf Club.
• Ride-on buggies must be operated in compliance with the common` rules of the road` regardless of whether ride-on buggies are operated on pavements or roadways.
• Operators must stop the buggy at blind intersections and proceed with caution.

The Director of Golf has the authority to immediately prohibit any individual from using or being carried on a ride–on buggy should any buggy rules and routes be ignored. Application for reinstatement of permission can only be made to the Director of Golf.

RISK ASESSMENT

During time where we have inclement weather conditions that deem the course to be considered to extremely wet, a risk assessment will be carried out by the Head of Greens and Director of Golf with copies stored within the Professional Shop to determine suitability for buggies.

SAFE WORKING PRACTICE

Ride-on buggy operators must not be under the influence of alcoholic drinks or drugs.

Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive the ride-on buggy.

During use:

• 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 absolutely not be used on tees, greens or the slopes leading up to them
• The vehicle may not be driven into heather areas
• The vehicle must not be used within 2 metres of any bunkers, ditches or ponds or slopes leading to them except when using the designated bridges
• Check the area behind the vehicle before reversing
• 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

When the vehicle is left unattended, turn the operating key to the off position, remove the key and engage the parking brake.

CHECKLIST FOR USERS OF RIDE-ON BUGGIES

• Know the controls and how to use them
• Ignition switch and immobiliser key
• Accelerator
• Footbrake
• Parking brake – Set the brake before leaving the ride-on buggy
• Reversing Control
• Know your driving conditions

Ride-on buggies can only be used for the number of occupants it was designed to carry and by those authorised to do so.

There must be always a maximum of 2 occupants and ABSOLUTELY no standing on the back of a buggy.

Ride-on buggies must stay on maintenance tracks when requested

The vehicle must not be driven up and down the course when looking for golf balls

The vehicle must not be used on tees, greens, surrounds or slopes leading up to them

The vehicle must not be used within 2 metres of, or on the slopes leading to any bunkers, ponds or ditches (except when crossing designated bridges)

The vehicle may not be driven into heather areas

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 buggies straight up and down slopes

Slow down before corners.

All turns must be executes at reduced speeds

Avoid sudden stops or change of direction that may result in loss of control

PROBLEMS ON THE COURSE

• Snow
• Ice
• Frost
• Surface water
• Waterlogging
• Heavy rain
• Uneven ground
• Tournament or Competition preparation
• New construction
• New construction recovery areas
• Heather
• Sites of Special Scientific Interest
• Any other condition designated by the Director of Golf

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The course is open for 18 holes, all ride on buggies are allowed.