In addition to any changes which are made following reviews of the Club’s risk assessments, which are carried out on a regular basis in accordance with the Club’s Health and Safety Policy, changes are also made as the need arises.

In this respect the Club welcomes Members, Guests and other Visitors bringing to the attention of the Club Secretary any hazards which they feel have not been addressed.

All accidents MUST be reported as soon as possible to the Club Secretary.

First Aid boxes are located in the Bar area and the Greenkeepers Shed


The golf course area consists of 18 holes and is called Hollinside Park.

People playing or walking the Course, or using the Practice Areas, do so at their own risk and are expected to be aware at all times of danger to others and themselves and must not do anything to jeopardize the safety of themselves or others.

Players must not strike a golf ball when there is a risk of endangering another person on the course and must not walk in front of a fellow competitor or partner prior to them playing a shot.


The following information identifies the main hazards that Golfers, Caddies and Spectators may encounter on the Course or the practice areas at Whickham Golf Club. It does not contain a definite list of hazards as by the very nature of the game of golf it is impossible to eliminate risk entirely.

Blind Tee Shots

Players on the following holes when necessary leave a ‘sentry’ in sight of players behind, until it is safe for those players to tee off.

1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th

Other Blind Shots

Depending on the circumstances players on holes with ‘Other Blind Shots’ should leave a ‘sentry’ in sight of players behind until it is safe for those players to play, or players behind should walk forward to check ahead before playing a shot.

3rd, 6th, 7th,  9th,  10th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th.

Use of Ride on Buggies

Drivers of ride on buggies must have due regard for the safety of others on the course as well as for themselves. Drivers must operate a buggy in accordance with the Conditions of Use issued with the Club’s Golf Ride on Buggy Hire Agreement Form and be aware of the following:

(1) A buggy must be driven with caution on and across slopes on the course, in particular on the 18th hole.

(2) The following direction signs must be obeyed:

a) Approaching the Quarry on the 4th.

b) Approaching the gully on the 9th.

c) Approaching the burn at the 18th.

Steep Slopes

Care must be taken when walking down and across slopes, especially in slippery conditions. Particularly on the 9th when walking down the slope on the left to cross the gully and on the 18th when walking down the slope from the plateau to the burn.

Adjacent Fairways, Greens, Tees and Practice Areas

A diverted ball or stray shot can carry to adjacent fairways, greens, tees on virtually all holes and to practice areas. All players must shout FORE where such instances could endanger another person on the course.

Paths, Steps & Bridges

Where paths, steps and bridges are provided they must be used. Paths steps and bridges must be treated with caution in slippery conditions (e.g. when wet or icy).

Holes Made By Animals

The Club endeavours to fill in holes on the course and practice areas where there is a chance of a person being injured.

Dangerous Weather Conditions - Lightning / Fog / Ice / Snow and Gales

In summary people should determine themselves whether they consider it is safe to be on the Course or Practice Areas during dangerous weather conditions.

See the Appendix for a detailed notice regarding dangerous weather conditions.

Practice Area (adjacent to the 18th hole)

On part of the practice area, past the row of conifers there is a possibility of being hit by a diverted or wild shot off the 18th tee or a blind shot played from short of the plateau.

Practice Chipping Area (adjacent to 18th (green).

There is a possibility of being hit by a diverted or stray shot to the 18th green.

Other Health and Safety Considerations

1) Fertilizers and Pesticides -- Notices are displayed on appropriate tee boxes advising when fertilizers and pesticides have been used. Some of these chemicals are toxic so therefore do not lick golf balls or fingers.

2) Footwear -- Suitable footwear appropriate for the prevailing weather must be worn on the course at all times. A person on the course has a responsibility to oneself to avoid slipping on slopes and other awkward places.

3) Greenkeepers -- Greenkeeping staff have priority at all times. Always make sure that they are aware of your presence before you play your shot.


All golfers are advised to make adequate insurance arrangements to cover legal liability for injury or damage caused to another person or their property.


Users of the Clubhouse are requested to familiarise themselves with the Notices and Signs which are displayed in the Clubhouse in the interest of safety.


Whickham Golf Club Ltd accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage caused to members, guests or other visitors, or to their personal property while on its premises, including vehicles in the car park and personal property inside the vehicles and personal property in lockers.


Drivers are requested to be careful when entering the car park as there is a speed restriction of 5mph in the car park.



LIGHTNING – During Competitions

In a competition under Rule 6-8 of the Rules of Golf a player is entitled to discontinue play if he/she believes there is a danger from lightning. Even if the Klaxon is not sounded and the player honestly believes there is a risk of lightning then he/she should leave the course.


Play will automatically be suspended with 3 short blasts of the Klaxon and resumed with 1 long blast.

Please remember to mark the position of the ball when leaving the course.

LIGHTNING – During General Play

It is the Golfer’s individual responsibility to discontinue play if there is a risk of lightning.

General Advice regarding lightning

The following advice has been compiled from various sources and is designed to be of help and assistance. Whickham Golf Club Limited does not accept any liability for any damage or injury caused by following this advice.

DO NOT exit the course by walking under trees, if at all possible.

DO NOT use a mobile phone – switch it off.

DO NOT put up your umbrella under any circumstances.

Should play be suspended and there is insufficient time to evacuate the course stand away from your clubs and trolley.

Keep as low as possible and if necessary crouch down in the nearest bunker or lowest point of the course.

Never lie flat on the ground during a lightning storm.

If you are in a group of people members of the group should keep at least 15ft apart.

DO NOT shelter under trees or on any high ground.

DO NOT take cover in wooden or metallic shelters, unless the shelter is fully enclosed and properly earthed.

More in-depth information and advice on this subject can be obtained from the internet by searching for ‘Lightning on Golf Courses’.


The fact that the course has not been officially closed does not warrant that it is fit for play. Therefore golfers should themselves determine whether they consider it safe to play.

Players have a duty of care not to behave in such a way that others may be injured by their actions.

They also have a duty to take care not to injure themselves.

If conditions are foggy and you are unable to see where the ball is likely to land or ground conditions are such that it is impossible to judge how far the ball is likely to travel DO NOT PLAY.

Playing in such conditions is dangerous – Players do so at their own risk

WGC Jun 2016

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