BUGGY POLICY

South Cliff Golf Club

USE OF RIDE-ON BUGGIES ON THE GOLF COURSE

Some members and visitors may choose to play golf with the help provided by a motorised ride-on buggy. The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of all ride-on buggies operated on the course at South Cliff Golf Club. The document also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when the Club considers applications for their use.

Qualifications:
Use of a ride-on buggy will not be allowed unless authorised by the Club.
Any person who accepts the privilege of operating a ride-on buggy on the golf course is deemed by so doing, to have the knowledge, training and skill to safely operate this vehicle and be fully accountable for their actions and the consequences thereof.
The safe operation of ride-on buggies on the course requires conscientious application and adherence to the minimum standard of care prescribed by this policy.
Ride-on buggies must be operated in accordance with the requirements of the following documents:
• Golf Buggy Safety Policy
• Golf Buggy Safe Working Practice
• Golf Buggy Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form.

From time to time the Club staff may determine that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on or the condition of the course may be unacceptably compromised if a ride-on buggy is used. This might apply to the whole or just part of the course. Potentially unsuitable conditions include waterlogging, frost, etc. Where such conditions arise the club will review the situation on a daily basis.
Use in General Play and Competitions
During general (non-competition) play a ride-on buggy shall only be used by members, visitors and guests authorised to do so.

GOLF BUGGY SAFETY POLICY
The Club has a duty of care to all users of the golf course. The topography of certain areas of the course is such that caution and prudence must be shown by the user of a ride-on buggy. It is also necessary for the Club to provide adequately safe means of access for all golfers including those given permission to use buggies. Moreover, the Club has to ensure the safety of golfers who do not wish to use ride-on buggies but who might be at risk from a mechanically defective ride-on buggy or its careless use. This duty of care also applies to members of the public using the various rights of way.
To assist the safe employment of ride-on buggies all potential users (members and visitors) shall comply with the following conditions:

2. Ride-on buggies must be operated with the utmost courtesy, care and
consideration for the safety and convenience of pedestrians.
Pedestrians must be afforded the right-of-way at all times.
3. The signs and instructions employed on the course to warn buggy
riders of potential danger areas or, areas forbidden to ride-on buggies
because of concerns about danger or, the potential to cause
unacceptable wear and tear to the course, must be followed at all
times.
4. Ride-on buggies must be operated and parked in such a manner that
they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular flow
on roadways, ramps or pavements.
5. Ride-on buggy operators will be responsible for the security of ignition
keys for the period that the buggy is on the property owned by the
Club.
6. South Cliff Golf Club has no responsibility for ensuring the safe
operation of ride-on buggies on or beyond the confines of the course
other than those operated by their servants or agents. The Club will
accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to any property
other than that arising from the negligent use of a ride-on buggy by
their servants or agents.
7. No ride-on buggy will be operated in excess of 15km per hour. All
speed limits must be observed.
8. Ride-on buggies shall be used only between dawn and dusk.
9. Ride-on buggies must be operated in compliance with the common`
rules of the road` regardless of whether ride-on buggies are operated
on pavements or roadways.
10. Operators must stop the buggy at blind intersections and proceed with
caution.
11. The consumption of alcohol and/or the improper use of drugs when
using the Ride-On Buggy is strictly forbidden
12. The Club Manager have the authority to immediately prohibit any
individual from using or being carried on a ride –on- buggy.
Application for reinstatement of permission can only be made to the
Main Committee.

SAFE WORKING PRACTICE
Ride-on buggy operators must not be under the influence of alcoholic drinks or drugs
Never allow children to drive the ride-on buggy

BEFORE USE
All operators of ride-on buggies must sign a Safety Policy Acknowledgement form before they are allowed
to drive the buggy
A ride-on buggy shall only be used for the number of occupants it was designed to carry and only by
people who are authorised to use one.

DURING USE
Do not move off until the occupants are seated
Always remain seated and hold on while the vehicle is in motion
Hands, feet and head must be kept inside the buggy at all times while the vehicle is in motion
Ride-on buggies must not be driven in prohibited areas
The vehicle must be used to progress the game and must not be driven up and down excessively, e.g., when looking for golf balls
The vehicle must not be used on tees, greens or the slopes leading up to them
The vehicle must not be used within 2 metres of any bunkers, ditches or ponds or slopes leading to them except when using the designated bridges
Check the area behind the vehicle before reversing
Set the parking brake before leaving the vehicle
Always consider the terrain, existing vehicular and pedestrian traffic conditions as well as environmental factors that may affect your ability to operate the vehicle safely

- Drive the vehicle only as fast as the terrain and safety considerations
allow
- To avoid tipping over, drive the buggy straight up and down severe
slopes
- Slow down before corners.
- All turns must be executed at reduced speeds
- Avoid sudden stops or changes of direction that may result in loss of
control
- Be extra careful when the course is wet and muddy

AFTER USE
When the vehicle is left unattended, turn the operating key to the off position, remove the key and engage the parking brake.

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