Golf Course Traffic / Buggy Policy Guidance
ADVERSE WEATHER - FEBRUARY 2014
England Golf has received numerous enquiries in relation to buggy/trolley restrictions and course closures.
The documents on this page provide guidance and advice to assist golf clubs and individual members regarding golf course traffic.
Any discussions relating to the recent extreme weather conditions should take place between members and their clubs with reference to the guidance on this page. England Golf unfortunately are unable to advise further in relation to closures and restrictions.
England Golf and the National Golf Clubs Advisory Association (NGCAA) have combined resources to produce guidance notes relating to golf course traffic and the usage of golf buggies.
We have sought and obtained Counsel’s Opinion and these guidance notes are based upon that opinion.
The passing into law of the Equality Act 2010, effective 1st October 2010, necessitates the updating of the Buggy Policy Guidance Notes.
All clubs must have legally effective policies in place from 1st October 2010, in order to comply with the requirements of the Act.
The Equality Act identifies several ‘Protected Characteristics’ when defining when the Act applies in cases where someone has been treated less favourably because of that protected characteristic. The provisions cover prohibition against;
• Direct discrimination (Ss. 13 & 15)
• Combined Discrimination, dual characteristics (S.14) and
• Indirect Discrimination (S. 19)
In addition, your Club Buggy Policy must also comply with relevant Health & Safety legislation and should have been developed in accordance with EnglandGolf/Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) Wear Study.
Download the Golf Course Traffic Policy – best practice guidance
Information on the Buggy Policy Template is available from the England Golf Club Serivces team.
Policy on the use of golf buggies at England Golf events
It shall be a condition of any competition organised by England Golf that players must walk at all times during a stipulated round, unless permitted to use a golf buggy by a member of the Committee, in accordance with the policy.
See here for more information and to download England Golf's policy on the use of golf buggies at events (Transportation Policy).