Take care of your step – golf course industry

by | Oct 7, 2021 | Golf Shoes

By Barney Packer

Golf clubs accommodate visitors of different ages and levels of physical mobility on a daily basis. Club owners have a duty of care towards their visitors to ensure that they are as safe as possible during their stay on site. To achieve this, there are several aspects to consider, including developing areas with ramps, providing railings when needed, and providing non-slip surfaces, especially in areas with high foot traffic. How can you make sure this doesn’t become a problem in your course?

The influence of the weather

Depending on the layout and design of your golf course, there can be a large number of areas that are negatively influenced by the weather in terms of the risk of slipping. As the colder months approach, all outdoor location owners must have concerns about how to keep the course safe for visitors.

When rain falls on grass, slabs, wood and other surfaces, they can quickly become slippery. Frost and snow will also cause problems, especially for visitors wearing shoes with poor grip. It is a good idea to be prepared for this less favorable weather by putting in adequate anti-slip protection before it is needed.

Some owners are trying to cut the corner with inexpensive alternatives – everything from chicken wire affixed to slippery surfaces to gluing rubber mats on. While these methods are inexpensive, they can create more problems if they become tripping hazards – or potential sources of cuts in the case of chicken wire.

Preparing for the weather in different regions

Also, consider how best to prepare for the region where your golf course is located. In areas more prone to rain and colder temperatures, it is necessary to have adequate anti-slip protection all year round. Still, in more temperate areas where the effects of inclement weather are less important, it is a good idea to have shelter before a problem occurs.

The effects of high visitor frequency

Another common problem on golf courses related to slip hazards is high footfall. Of course there are worse problems. A busy golf course is a goal for most course owners, although a high number means more wear and tear on the floor surfaces.

Golf courses are seeing record games as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With more visitors, there is more pressure on your floor. As you walk across the golf course, your profile will put more stress on the various surfaces. Carefully cut grass soon turns into mud patches and smoothed stalks, a known slip hazard. Likewise, other paths and steps become worn and pose a threat. This is especially the case when guests are wearing golf shoes with metal or rubber spikes.

The solution for this does not have to lie in limiting the number of visitors to the golf course, but rather in slip-resistant products that offer adequate protection.

Dangerous areas

Areas most prone to slipping, tripping, and falling on a golf course include:

  • Sidewalks
  • Bunker steps
  • Ramps
  • Reclaimed Railroad Tracks
  • Tee area steps
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Toilets
  • Viewing platforms

These areas are often made up of wooden decking or slabs that can quickly become slippery in bad weather and wear and tear. To ensure the safety of visitors to your golf course, it is recommended that non-slip flat slabs or slabs be installed in the areas with most visitors. These can usually be attached to a number of surfaces including wood, concrete, and metal, making them suitable for all of the slipperiest areas of a golf course.

Most high-quality anti-slip panels and panels are made from glass fiber reinforced plastic or GRP. This is a durable material that will offer resistance to other surfaces including shoes and golf carts.

As the influx of golf course goers continues to increase, making sure the site is as safe as possible has never been more important. Be prepared for more visitors and bad weather by thinking about how to make your golf course non-slip.

Barry Eagle is the managing director of GripClad, an anti-slip solutions company based in Hampshire, England.