Golf is popular among families because it is one of the safest sports for people of all ages. However, in an outdoor area, the threat of moving balls and clubs means you need always be mindful of these possible threats.
You must leave the golf course as soon as possible if you hear thunder or see lightning. If the clubhouse is too far away and a storm is approaching, seek refuge on the course, such as a rest stop.
Wayward golf balls
A golf ball may travel at speeds of 150-200 miles per hour! If you or a member of your group smashes a ball that appears to be traveling toward other people, yell "Fore!" Don't be afraid to speak up! This can't be yelled loud enough! It can be yelled at by your entire party!
Always keep an eye on your group's other shots as they hit, and if you hear "Fore!" from another hole, a ball may be heading your way. Quickly duck and cover!
Do not stand behind other golfers
Never stand behind another golfer with a club in their hand when in close proximity to other golfers, such as on a driving range or tee box. They may not realize you're there when they take a practice swing, and the massive clubface might strike you at a lethal speed.
Standing in front of a golfer, even if to the side, puts you at risk of getting hit by a "shank" shot.
Be mindful of your location
Golfers occasionally hit wayward shots into other holes. Before you go over to collect or play your ball, be sure no one is hitting it.
Hydration and food
A round of golf can be played in the heat of the day, last 4-5 hours, and cover 5-6 miles. It's critical to prepare ahead of time by keeping water bottles and any nutritious snacks on hand to keep you going.
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