Due to disability, some members, visitors and guests may not be able to play golf without the help provided by a motorised ride-on buggy or single seater buggy. The purpose of the below policy is to establish a standard for the safe operation of all types of ride-on buggies operated at Garon Park Golf Complex . The policy also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when the company considers applications for buggy use:
- Aim of Policy
1.1 This Policy is the Garon Park Golf Complex’s Buggy Policy. It sets out the circumstances in which golf buggies may be used in general play and competitive events at Garon Park Golf Complex.
1.2 Garon Park Golf Complex wishes to encourage the participation in golf of all players regardless of disabilities. This Policy is in accordance with Garon Park Golf Complex’s obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
2.1 “Disability” shall have the same meaning as the Equality Act 2010. A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
2.2 Any reference to “golf buggy” shall include any vehicle deemed to be a golf buggy (two-seater) by Garon Park Golf Complex Limited.
2.3 Any reference to “single seater buggy” shall include a bespoke single occupancy buggy owned by an individual golfer playing the course.
2.3 Any reference to Garon Park Golf Complex shall refer to Garon Park Golf Complex Limited which has responsibility for taking a decision on the use of a golf buggy.
2.4 “Valid medical confirmation of disability” shall mean a valid medical certificate from a registered general practitioner or consultant registered with the Health Professions Council that the player or caddie is suffering from a disability. Out of date disability certificates will not be acceptable.
- Persons who may use a golf buggy.
3.1 A golf buggy or single seater buggy may be used by a player who can provide a valid current medical certificate of disability in accordance with this policy and has requested permission to use a golf buggy from the office.
- Conditions in which use of a golf buggy may be permitted
4.1 Where a determination is made that the use of a buggy or a single seater buggy may be permitted by a player, Garon Park Golf Complex shall have regard to the following additional health and safety considerations before granting approval:
(a) Any relevant weather conditions.
(b) The topography and ground conditions.
(c) The condition of and suitability of the golf buggy.
(d) Any other relevant considerations which could impede the safe use of a golf buggy or impact on the safety of others.
4.2 In the event that Garon Park Golf Complex believes that for reasons of health and safety a golf buggy or single seater buggy should not be used by players at a particular time he/they may:
(a) Refuse to grant permission for the use of a golf buggy or single seater buggy, and shall inform the player of this decision; or
(b) Revoke any such permission in the event of new health and safety considerations having come to light since the granting of the initial permission to use a golf buggy;
4.3 It will in any event be a requirement of any player granted permission to use a buggy or single seater buggy to complete and sign a Buggy Consent form in the golf shop reception prior to use.
- Conditions for use of golf buggies.
5.1 A player permitted to use a golf buggy must agree to the following terms and conditions of use:
(a) Any person operating a golf buggy or single seater buggy must do so with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of others and in accordance with any relevant golf buggy operating guidelines.
(b) Garon Park Golf Complex may require that a golf buggy or single seater buggy must not exceed walking pace and have a covered roof.
(c) A golf buggy or single seater buggy shall be for the sole use of the player and his/her equipment, unless Garon Park Golf Complex has deemed that for reason of age or disability a third party is required to drive the golf buggy.
(d) A golf buggy or single seater buggy must not impede or interfere with normal pedestrians or vehicular traffic flow on or around the car parks or on pathways or rights of way.
(e) A player who has been granted permission to use a golf buggy or single seater buggy must remain seated in the golf buggy at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
(f) Drivers of golf buggies or single seater buggy’s must comply with directional signs and any map or instructions found in the buggy or handed to the buggy user.
(g) A player who has been granted permission to use a golf buggy must accept responsibility for any losses or injury sustained as a result of his or her fault whilst using a golf buggy.
(h) Those players authorised to use a single seater buggy do so at their own risk.
(k) Privately owned single seater buggies are used at the sole responsibility and liability of the user. Garon Park Golf Complex accepts no liability for any damage, loss or injury whilst using a single seater buggy. The player is liable for any damage caused to property of Garon Park Golf Complex by a single seater buggy.
5.2 Failure to agree to the terms and conditions contained in clause 5.1 by signing a Buggy Policy Consent Form may result in the player or other third party being denied permission to use a golf buggy.
- Appeals Procedure
6.1 Any decision by a Garon Park Golf Complex refusing a player permission to use a golf buggy may be appealed by the player to the main office. The appeals ‘committee’ will include two senior members of staff and the Club Chairman.
6.2 An appeal shall be made in writing to the Appeals Committee within 5 working days of the date of the initial decision. Any written appeal request shall also include a statement by the player or caddie of the reasons why he/she is seeking to appeal the decision.
6.3 The Appeals Committee shall make a decision on an appeal and communicate it to the player or caddie within 7 working days of the initial appeal.