It is a basic rule of Golf that if a player believes there is danger from lightning they are permitted to discontinue play (Rule 6-8). As such in order to assist with the smooth running of a competition and in the interest of safety the following Local Rule is effective for all club field competitions.

Local Rule Appendix 1 Part C: Conditions of Competition
5. Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation.

Should lightning strike the committee request that players leave the course, seek shelter & make otheer groups aware of the situation if safe to do so whwther or not a horn is sounded. Once a horn has been sounded play is suspended & all players must stop play immediately. A player must not resume play until the committee has ordered a resumption of play.

If a player fails to discontinue play immediately following the sounding of a horn, they will be disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

The following signals will be used if safe to do so:

Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged note of the horn.
Resume Play: Two short notes of the horn repeated.


Please note:
This rule does not apply to Knockout Matches. Rule 6-8 protects a player in surcumstances & it is the individuals choice to discontinue play if there is danger from lightning.

Competition Committee
24th March 2013

Horne Park Golf Club Members
Horne Park Golf Club, Croydon Barn Lane, Horne, South Godstone, RH9 8JP
Telephone: 01342 844443