Bad Weather Policy

Lightning

In the event of lightning, golfers out on the course are advised to cease playing. They should go to the nearest shelter until the lightning has moved away and play is not to commence until a period of 15 minutes has passed since the last lightning strike.

In the case of tournaments or competitions the responsibility lies with the tournament/competition organiser. In the case of an Open Competition the responsibility would lie with a member of Wenningdale Leisure Staff, more specifically the Professional, Manager or Head Green keeper depending on time of day and which members of staff are present. If a member’s competition is in play then the responsibility lies with the competitions committee or someone deemed to have a similar responsibility. If play has commenced as part of an Open Competition (or any event run by Wenningdale Leisure Ltd) then refunds will be issued in the form of vouchers and the event will be rescheduled.

A 30 second blast of the Klaxon followed by a 10 second rest and another 30 second blast signals that play must cease and all golfers should return to the clubhouse if safe or seek shelter. Two short sharp blasts of the klaxon repeated 3 times will signal that play can resume. These short blasts should not come before a period of 15 minutes since the last lightning strike.

Fog

In the event of heavy fog on the golf course, the decision to stop play lies with the golfers as it is recognised that conditions can change from minute by minute. Golfers on the first tee will be advised of the conditions when signing in. If golfers decide to play but do not complete the full 18 holes then refunds will not apply. In an organised event the decision to stop or suspend play lies with the event organiser. If play has commenced as part of an Open Competition (or any event run by Wenningdale Leisure Ltd) then refunds will be issued in the form of vouchers and the event will be rescheduled.

Heavy Rain

When heavy rain is expected, the holes are moved to higher or drier ground, where possible. If it is still impossible to putt then the course will be temporarily closed and play suspended. If play has commenced as part of an Open Competition (or any event run by Wenningdale Leisure Ltd) then refunds will be issued in the form of vouchers and the event will be rescheduled.

Frost

Playing golf in frosty conditions can cause irreparable damage to the playing surfaces. When thaw  is evident play will be delayed or postponed, thereby reducing the possibility of damage to the grass.