As a golfer, one of our biggest fears is being caught in a lightning storm. For some, it is not the fact that being hit is very bad or dangerous to our health, but the fact they cannot finish their round. When talking about lightning, most of us over the age of 35 are thinking of the famous scene of Bill Murray and the Padre playing golfing in hurricane like conditions. Well, fortunately, I have never played in such conditions and never plan too. How about you?
We all know the perils of playing golf in poor weather. Lightning is extremely dangerous. Every player is different and gauges their own safety standards, but before anyone gets confused about my intent, it there is lightning in the area, get off the golf course. However, others think of playing golf with lightning around more like this:
Lightning is a common meteorological hazard in Canada, which regularly kills and injures people. Based on an analysis of media reports, vital statistics, hospital admission and ER records, and fire loss data, it is estimated that each year on average in Canada, there are between nine and 10 lightning-related deaths and up to 164 lightning-related injuries. (Stats Canada)
As you can see, lightning strikes a bit more common than we thought. I generally leave the golf course if the lighting is around where I am playing and I can hear the rumble of poor weather. If I see lightning, I am off the course immediately. Fortunately, my golf course has a radar watch and will “blow the horn” which tells everyone to seek shelter.
As golf season is starting to awake from a long winters nap, it is important to be safe on the golf course. Early season and mid summer storms are common in Canada and as golfers we should be aware of the playing conditions. So, this summer, don’t play golf in or around lightning and remember to always be safe on and off the course.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!