North Cliff Golf Club

Cancelling Competitions/Suspending Play

Our Club have just updated our policy on this matter a copy of which is below:- SUSPENSION OF PLAY

1. SAFETY AND HEALTH.
In the first instance, it is each individual’s responsibility to ensure their own safety in adverse and dangerous conditions, eg electric storms, high winds, heavy rain, sleet or snow, etc. It is their own decision whether or not to leave the course, as they deem appropriate. In the case of heavy fog, if the copse of trees on the left of the first fairway is not visible from the first tee, a distance of approximately 220 yards, play is to be suspended and the course closed as below. During normal business hours, ie 09.00 to 18.00, the Club and officials will decide, as below, if the course is to be closed and play is to cease.

2.RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS.
a. OFFICIAL CLUB COMPETITION PLAY,
During club competitions run by the Handicaps Committee and other elected officials, the decision to suspend or cancel play and close the course will be made by a committee member, or, in their absence, the Club Professional or his delegated assistant. Players should return to the clubhouse whereupon a club official and/or the Club Professional will re-assess the situation, taking into account ensuing conditions, and make a further decision on whether to resume or abandon play. This decision may be delayed if it is thought that there is a likelihood of the conditions improving. Consequently, players are advised not to leave the club until such decision has been made. In the case of any player discontinuing play and subsequently wishing to resume play under Rule 6-8 of the Rules of Golf, if his playing partners have left the course, the Committee is under no obligation to provide a marker to enable a player to complete his round.

b. NORMAL PLAY OUTSIDE ORGANISED CLUB COMPETITIONS BUT WITHIN NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS,
During normal play outside Club Competitions run by the Handicaps Committee but within normal business hours as above, this responsibility will be taken over by the Executive Secretary or, in his absence, the Head Greenkeeper or Club Professional/delegated assistant. They have the authority and responsibility to make decisions as to when to suspend or cancel play, and close the course, temporarily or for the rest of the day.

3. APPENDIX 1 – SUSPENSION OF PLAY DUE TO A DANGEROUS SITUATION,
(Note to Rule 6-8b) When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption.

4. METHOD TO BE USED.
When the decision has been made by the responsible official/s to suspend or cancel play, this will be communicated verbally to those present or in the immediate vicinity, and by the sounding of one long blast of an air horn, specifically provided for this use. One long, loud blast will indicate to all that play has been suspended or cancelled.

5. ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY PLAYERS AND GREENS STAFF ON THE COURSE WHEN PLAY IS SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED.

Players and greens staff out on the course will immediately stop play/work and vacate the course. Balls in play may be marked if it is thought that play may resume when and if the danger has dissipated. Players/workers caught in the open in a thunderstorm should vacate the course as above, but avoid trees and other high rise objects, keeping as low as possible. Players/workers should return to the clubhouse as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

6. RESUMPTION OF SUSPENDED PLAY.
If in the opinion of the responsible official, the conditions become safe for play to continue, this will be indicated verbally to those in the immediate vicinity and by a further sounding of two short blasts of the air horn, repeated. Players on receiving such verbal instruction or hearing the  signal may then resume their play and return to, or remain out on, the course, as they deem appropriate, remembering that responsibility for their own safety lies in their own hands. Responsibility for making the decision to resume a competition rests with the duty officials of that day.