Use of Ride-on Buggies by disabled persons

General Club Noticeboard : Use of Ride-on Buggies by disabled persons

City of Newcastle Golf Club

Use of Ride-on Buggies by Disabled persons



Due to disability, some members and visitors may not be able to play golf without the

help provided by a motorised ride-on buggy. This document applies solely to the use of solo ride-on buggies and does not apply to the use of trolleys (pull/push or motorised) or the two-person Caddy Cars hired out by the Pro-shop. 

The purpose of this document is to establish a standard for the safe operation of such ride-on buggies operated on the City of Newcastle Golf Club. The document also sets down the criteria to be applied and conditions to be met when the Club considers applications for their use, and the circumstances when their use is prohibited. 


Use of a ride-on buggy will not be allowed unless authorised by the Club and will be

restricted to members and visitors suffering from a disability within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act and who would not be able to play golf without the facility to use a ride-on buggy.

Any person who accepts the privilege of operating a ride-on buggy on the golf course is deemed by so doing, to have the knowledge, training and skill to safely operate this vehicle and be fully accountable for their actions and the consequences thereof. The safe operation of ride-on buggies on the course requires conscientious application and adherence to the minimum standard of care prescribed by this policy.


Ride-on buggies must be operated in accordance with the requirements of the following documents: 

• Golf Buggy Safety Policy

• Golf Buggy Safe Working Practice

• Golf Buggy Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form. 

In order that these conditions can in practice be met, the Club Manager or his approved nominee must whenever possible be given written prior notice (at least three working days) of a requirement by a member or visitor to use a ride-on buggy. The Club reserves the right to refuse permission if all of the conditions stipulated are not complied with.

The Club also reserves the right to withdraw authorisation if the medical condition or disability necessitating the use of a ride-on buggy ceases, or, the conditions for its use are not fully complied with. 

From time to time the Club staff may determine that the state of the course or the weather is such that safety on or the condition of the course may be unacceptably compromised if a ride-on buggy is used. This might apply to the whole or just part of the course. Potentially unsuitable conditions include waterlogging, frost, etc. This will be announced on the early morning/ daytime recorded message if applicable.

Golf Buggy Safety Policy 

The Club has a duty of care to all users of the golf course. The topography of certain areas of the course is such that caution and prudence must be shown by the user of a ride-on buggy. It is also necessary for the Club to provide adequately safe means of access for all golfers including those given permission to use buggies. Moreover, the Club has to ensure the safety of golfers who do not wish to use ride-on buggies but who might be at risk from a mechanically defective ride-on buggy or its careless use. This duty of care also applies to Green staff and members of the public, accessing the course.


To assist the safe employment of ride-on buggies all potential users (members and visitors) shall comply with the following conditions:


1. Ride-on buggies on The City of Newcastle Golf Club property are only for the use of members and visitors who are disabled within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act and who would not be able to play golf without the facility to use a ride-on buggy.

2. Ride-on buggies must be operated with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of pedestrians. Pedestrians must be afforded the right-of-way at all times.

3. The signs and instructions employed on the course to warn buggy riders of potential danger areas, or areas forbidden to ride-on buggies because of concerns about danger, or the potential to cause unacceptable wear and tear to the course, must be followed at all times.

4. Ride-on buggies must be operated and parked in such a manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular flow on paths, ramps or paving.

5. Ride-on buggy operators will be responsible for adequately maintaining/servicing their buggy and the security of ignition keys for the period that the buggy is on the property owned by the Club.

6. The City of Newcastle Golf Club have no responsibility for ensuring the safe operation of ride- on buggies on or beyond the confines of the course and the club car-parks other than those operated by their servants or agents. The Club will accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to any property other than that arising from the negligent use of a ride-on buggy by their servants or agents.

7. No ride-on buggy will be operated in excess of 15km per hour. All speed limits must be observed and ride-on buggies shall be used only between dawn and dusk.

8. Ride-on buggies must be operated in compliance with the common` rules of the road` regardless of whether ride-on buggies are operated on paths, ramps or paving and must proceed with caution at all times.

9. The consumption of alcohol and/or the improper use of drugs when using the ride- on buggy is prohibited.

10. The Manager, or his approved nominee, is the only person to have the authority to immediately prohibit any individual from using, or being carried on a ride–on buggy.


Safe Working Practice


• Never allow children to drive the ride-on buggy


Before Use

• All operators of ride-on buggies must lodge a signed Safety Policy

Acknowledgement form with the Club office before using their drive-on buggy.

• A ride-on buggy shall only be used for the number of occupants it was designed to carry and only by people who are authorised to use it.


During Use

• Always remain seated and hold on while the vehicle is in motion

• Hands, feet and head must be kept inside the buggy at all times whilst it is in motion

• Ride-on buggies must not be driven in prohibited areas

• The vehicle must be used to progress the game and must not be driven up and down excessively, e.g., when looking for golf balls

• The vehicle must not be used on tees, greens or the slopes leading up to them

• The vehicle must not be used within 2 metres of any bunkers, ditches or ponds or slopes leading to them except when using the designated bridges

• Check the area behind the vehicle before reversing

• Set the parking brake before leaving the vehicle

• Always consider the terrain, existing vehicular and pedestrian traffic conditions as

well as environmental factors that may affect your ability to operate the vehicle



- Drive the vehicle only as fast as the terrain and safety considerations allow

- To avoid tipping over, drive the buggy straight up and down severe slopes

- Slow down before corners.

- All turns must be executed at reduced speeds

- Avoid sudden stops or changes of direction that may result in loss of control

- Be extra careful when the course is wet and muddy


After Use

When the vehicle is left unattended, turn the operating key to the off position, remove

the key and engage the parking brake.

Current conditions of use

This will be announced on the early morning/ daytime recorded message

Routes must be strictly adhered to.


Michael Rutter, Club Manager


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