Suspension of Play

This policy provides the actions to be carried out if the course becomes unplayable or if there is a threat of lighting in the area.

During competitions: STROKE PLAY ONLY

If the golf course becomes unplayable due to inclement weather the committee or their representatives will in the first instance suspend play. This will be signified by the sounding of an air horn with three long blasts. The length of the suspension of play (generally 60 minutes) will be determined by the committee’s ability to get the golf course fit for play again. The committee will use all available daylight to try and ensure all players are able to finish their round. In the event that this is not possible then the round will be cancelled. This will be determined by a committee member and greens convener / Head Greenkeeper

  • Players must protect themselves and in particular if there is a threat of lighting. The professional has an “air horn” and this will be sounded (one long blast) if there is a threat of lighting. If you hear this warning please discontinue play immediately. Do not wait for a horn to blow if you believe that there is a danger from lighting you can stop play at any time and we would encourage you to do so.
  • Rule 6-8 of the Rules of Golf make it clear that a player is entitled to discontinue play if they believe there is a threat of lighting.
  • All players must follow the Suspension of play policy which states you should return to the clubhouse and await instructions from the committee or club representatives. You must be able to resume play when the committee decides the course is playable

During Match Play:

  • Players may by mutual consent (exception under Rule 6-8a) stop play at any time provided by doing so the competition is not delayed.

During casual play:

  • Players must protect themselves and in particular if there is a threat of lighting. The professional has a “horn” and this will be sounded (one long blast) if there is a threat of lighting. If you hear this warning please discontinue play immediately. Do not wait for a horn to blow if you believe that there is a danger from lighting you can stop play at any time and we would encourage you to do so. REMEMBER that the course is not monitored 24/7.