Every year more people are killed or injured by lightning than by tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes. In fact, it is estimated that in the United States, as many as 300 people are killed by lightning each year.
Because golf courses are generally open areas with scattered individual trees, they can be a dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm. A lightning bolt will take the shortest route between the cloud and the ground, which means that a golfer standing in the middle of the fairway or huddled under a tree is a prime target for a strike.
However, there are several safety measures we can take to avoid being hit by lightning:
Ø Use common sense
Ø Seek shelter at the first sign of a thunderstorm
Ø If possible, get off the course
Ø Do not stand under a tree. This is where most people are injured or killed
Ø Stay away from water
Ø Stay away from your golf clubs, these can act as lightning rods
Ø If stranded in the open, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley
Ø Listen for the safety alarm
Ø Don’t take chances (you can play after the storm)
|Tree damage after a lightning strike.|
|Lightning strike in the mountains.|
Also, I want to thank all the members who have been following basic course etiquette in fixing ball marks, divots, and using the 90 degree rule. It only makes the course better and after all, it is the rules of golf. Lastly, thank you for your continued support. If anyone has any questions about the course or any projects, please feel free to contact me.