Health & Safety

21 May 2019

Otago GC is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all employees, members, contractors, and visitors.

Safe working practices have been adopted for this course and all players are asked to note the following procedures to prevent injury to staff and players from golf balls and equipment.

A golf course can be a hazardous environment and players must remain vigilant at all times to prevent accidental injury to themselves and others.

  1. The clubhouse is on two levels, always take care on the stairwells, particularly when carrying parcels or goods.
  2. Care should be taken when carrying drinks and food to your table, especially hot liquids.
  3. First aid kits are located in the clubhouse, proshop and reception.
  4. A defibrillator is located just inside the main doors to the club house on the ground level.
  5. In the unlikely event of a fire or emergency alarm – all visitors must vacate the building immediately and follow the directions of the Fire Warden or GC staff.
  1. Persons under 18 years of age are not permitted to drive golf carts.
  2. Be aware of green staff and workmen on and around the course – take care when approaching any work areas and keep a reasonable distance when driving a golf cart in their direction.
  3. All instructions, as displayed on the golf carts, must be adhered to.
  4. All golf carts are to be driven with care, not driven close to or on the greens, bunkers or tee areas.
  5. Particular care should be taken when travelling downhill as there are many slopes and hills. Extreme care is required at all times.
  6. Please be careful to look for traffic when crossing the public road between 1st and 2nd holes and again after the 5th hole when heading back over the road to the 6th tee.
  7. All golf carts are driven at the driver’s risk. Incident reports are available and should be completed within 24 hours of any incident or accident. Once submitted an incident or injury may result in further investigation.
  1. Course employees always have the right of way.
  2. Golfers are expected to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of all people on the course.
  3. Players are not to hit a golf ball when another player or worker is within striking distance of your ball landing.
  4. Players must call FORE if their ball is heading towards another person.
  5. Players must not hit a golf ball if they cannot see the flight direction of the ball and where it could potentially land, unless they are confident a player or worker is not within striking distance ahead of them.
  6. Players are to ensure they are 3 meters away from another player when taking a practice swing.
  7. Players are to take care when travelling between holes that cross over other holes and when crossing public roads.
  8. Walking up from the 11th tee to the 12th tee box make sure when using the rope tow that nothing is hanging loose as it could get caught in the rope tow.
  9. Please note .. Otago GC clubrooms are a SMOKE FREE facility.
  10. All near misses, incidents and accidents are to be reported to the ProShop or Office.
Work Risks

Course employees always have the right of way.

Fairway and rough maintenance
  • Players must wait for an approaching vehicle or mower to pass behind, or out of range, before playing their shot. Alternatively, players may be called on by the operator to play on.
Greens maintenance
  • If a green is being worked on by staff, and the flagstick is not in the hole, players are not to hit up to the green until the flagstick is replaced and the green is cleared, or if they have been called up to play on.
  • Spraying of pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals are an essential part of course maintenance. Warning signs regarding spraying will be displayed on the starting tee when toxic chemicals are in use. A member or visitor is advised that it is at their own discretion if they choose to use the course on days when chemicals have been applied.

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