Members, guests and visitors have responsibility as golfers, caddies or spectators on the course to ensure that they adhere strictly to the following:
1.0 Practicing is strictly limited to the designated practice areas of the club, which are: (a) the practice areas on the 18th and 13th holes and (b) the practice greens near to the 1st and 13th tees.
1.1 In wet or inclement weather, you should exercise extra care. Steps, mats, paths and slopes may be slippery, particularly in wet or frosty conditions.
1.2 You are advised to approach all trees and spinneys on the course with caution, particularly during windy or other adverse weather conditions.
1.3 You are advised to use caution when going down or up any steep incline on the course, particularly when using trolleys. It is not advisable to play a shot if any doubt exists as to your wellbeing as a result of playing that shot.
1.4 You are advised to avoid oral contact with anything that comes into contact with the golf course (including trees, sand, soil and grass).
1.5 In the event that you come across any dead wildlife on the course, you should avoid coming into contact with it.
1.6 You are advised to exercise caution at all times on the course in respect of identifying areas where you may be at potential risk of being hit by another golfer’s ball.
1.7 You are advised to exercise caution when playing to avoid hitting anybody with your golf ball.
1.8 If you see a shot is heading in the direction of other golfers or members of the public, shout “FORE!” in a loud voice to alert them of possible danger. If “FORE!” is heard when playing, please take evasive action immediately.
1.9 Golfers must always stand well back behind the player who is playing his shot, both on the tee and on all other areas of the course. A swinging golf club can be dangerous and can cause serious injury.
1.10 You are advised to exercise caution when crossing the small road from the 12th green towards the 13th tee, and from the 14th green to the 15th tee.
1.11 It is recommended that golfers are insured against the unlikely event of them being injured or causing injury as a result of an errant shot.
1.13 The green staff are regularly working on the course when play is in progress. Please be careful and courteous to them. In the interests of their health, safety and well-being, please ensure they are aware of and have acknowledged your presence prior to playing in their proximity.
All Members, Guests and Visitors are invited to bring to the attention of the secretary, Steve Barr, any hazards they feel have not been addressed.
Please take account of the following clauses laid down in the Bye-Laws of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871:
2.1 No person playing golf shall strike or play any ball near any person walking, riding or driving over the Commons, or otherwise play golf in such a manner as to injure, endanger, alarm or annoy any person traversing or being on the Commons for exercise, recreation or other lawful purpose.
2.3 No person playing golf shall require any person crossing the Commons between any tee and any green to move away, or otherwise interfere with any such person.
2.4 Every person playing golf shall wear a red coat, or other outer red garment.
2.5 Every person playing golf must commence from either the first tee on the Wimbledon side or the first tee on the Windmill side and at no other point and must observe the rules in force upon the course.
2.6 Every person playing golf shall be a member, whether for the day or for a longer period, of a club recognised for the purpose of this Bye-law by the Conservators and shall comply with the recognised etiquette and rules of the game and with any special rules laid down by the club
The London Scottish Golf Club Committee and Management Team consider the safety of its Members and Guests the top priority during inclement weather. Weather reports and local conditions are monitored during storm warnings.
3.1 If there is a risk of lightning play MUST be discontinued. The London Scottish Golf Club is not responsible for the safety of any golfer on the course and it is therefore your responsibility to remove yourself from any situation which you deem dangerous.
3.2 If you see or hear lightning the following will apply:
Proceed immediately to the clubhouse.
- Do not continue to play golf and do not seek shelter under trees. Trees do not protect you from lightning.
- During competitions, if there is a lightning risk, play will be suspended and players must leave the course.
- Where play is automatically suspended, a player may not override the Policy decision to evacuate the course.
- Players should stop play and seek shelter any time they believe lightning threatens them.
3.3 Although the Club will take every precaution to ensure the safety of players during a thunder storm, it is a player’s own responsibility to discontinue play when in his/her opinion lightning is a threat. It is not always possible to monitor conditions on the entire course and players have a duty of care to themselves. They should therefore familiarise themselves with both the Club policy and the Rules of Golf.
3.4 All adults who work with children are accountable for the way in which they manage risk and the welfare of each child. The London Scottish Golf Club has a duty of care in this respect and accepts that the Club should take extra responsibility when juniors are on the course during inclement weather conditions. Where a risk from lightning is foreseen, or apparent, Club staff will take positive steps to reduce the risk to juniors including going out on to the course to escort them to safety.
3.5 Rule 6-8.
3.6 Discontinuing Play - Rule 6-8 as stated in the R&A Rules of Golf will apply to all competitions and matches where there is a risk of lightning. The rules of golf are straightforward when lightning is a risk. Rule 6-8 makes it quite clear that a player is entitled to discontinue play if he or she believes there is danger from lightning. Although bad weather in itself is not a good reason for discontinuing play, bad weather accompanied by lightning, or the very real risk of lightning, most certainly is. Common sense dictates that play in these circumstances must be discontinued in the interests of safety. Even if the klaxon is not sounded and the player honestly believes that there is a real risk of danger from lightning, then he or she is entitled to proceed under the provisions of Rule 6-8 and discontinue play.
3.7 Resumption of Play – Where play has been suspended due to lightning, play must be resumed where it was discontinued, even if resumption occurs on a subsequent day. (see Rule 6-8 R&A Rules of Golf.) When the danger has passed, 3 short blasts of the klaxon will indicate that it is safe to return to the course.
3.9 We insist that all members adhere to the lightning policy. Failure to do so is at your own risk and The London Scottish Golf Club accepts no liability for any Member or Guest who fails to co-operate with any decision to suspend play and close the course.
3.10 It is not the responsibility of staff to retrieve clubs, equipment or trolleys from the course during a lightning storm where play has been suspended, as their safety may be jeopardised.