April 7, 2017
Lightning Safety Tips
Be Cautious • Play Defensive • Seek Shelter
- Hilltops, open or wet areas.
- Isolated or solitary trees.
- Metal poles, wire fences and power lines.
- Golf cars & carts, electrical & maintenance machines.
- Lower elevations areas.
- Dense areas of trees or bushes.
- Protected designed shelter.
- A crouching position with feet together.
- USGA Rule 6-8 allow players to discontinue play if they believe there is a danger from lightning. Golf officials may suspend play when a lightning hazard is detected.
- Practice the “Flash-Bang” measurement of lightning location. This is the tie from seeing the stroke to hearing the thunder. For every SLOW count of five, lightning is one mile away. So a count of ten = 2 miles away; a count of 15 = 3 miles away.
- Do not raise umbrellas or golf clubs above you during nearby thunderstorms. These and other metal objects increase your risk when lightning is near. If lightning is striking close by, assume a low crouch position with feet together and hands on knees.
Lightning strikes are most common ahead of the storm.
Take cover or seek shelter immediately!