Many families play golf because it’s one of the safest sports for all ages. But the threat of moving balls and clubs along in an outdoor environment means you should always be aware of these potential hazards.
If you hear thunder or see lightning, you must get off the golf course as quickly as possible. If the clubhouse is too far away and storms are imminent, seek shelter on the course such as a comfort station.
Wayward golf balls
A golf ball can travel 150-200 mph! Yell “Fore!” if you or someone in your group hits a ball that appears to be flying toward other people. Don’t be shy! You cannot yell this loud enough! Your whole group can yell it!
Always be watching the other shots in your group as they hit and if you hear “Fore!” from another hole, a ball may be sailing your direction. Duck and cover quickly!
Do not stand behind other golfers
When in close proximity of other golfers, such as on a driving range or tee box, never stand behind another golfer with a club in their hand. They may take a practice swing and have no idea you’re there and the heavy clubface could strike you at a dangerous speed.
Standing ahead of a golfer, even if off to the side, could still make you prone to being hit by a “shank” shot.
Be mindful of your location
Sometimes golfers hit errant shots onto other holes. It’s important to make sure no one is hitting before you go over to retrieve or play your ball.
Hydration and food
A round of golf can take place under the hot sun, last 4-5 hours, and you could walk 5-6 miles. It is important to plan accordingly by keeping water bottles and any healthy snacks to keep you going.