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Buggy use at East Devon Golf Club

East Devon GC Buggy Rental

East Devon Golf Club Ltd (The Club) wishes to encourage the participation in golf of all players regardless of disabilities.

The Club has a limited number of GPS controlled buggies for rental by visitors and members.  It is only permitted to use Club provided golf buggies on the course and players may not use any private golf buggy anywhere on the course.  Since available buggy numbers are limited, golfers are strongly recommended to book early via the Pro shop or the Office.  In the event of a conflict of booking, preference will be given to golfers who can demonstrate a disability as noted below.

In order to ensure player safety, preservation of our fragile ecology and the golf course and aligned with England Golf Policy, there are some limitations on use of these buggies.

Time of Year

Subject to any restrictions caused by abnormal ground or weather conditions, buggies may be rented by anyone, regardless of physical ability, in the Summer season (May 1st to September 30th).

In the Winter season (October 1st to April 30th) we need to protect the course and, subject to daily restrictions based on weather or course conditions, buggies may only be rented by those who qualify for an “Artificial Aid” as a reasonable adjustment under the 2010 Equality Act.  Golfers wishing to rent a buggy in Winter will be required to present a form certifying that they are entitled to an Artificial Aid (see form on this webpage).

Please note that in Winter, decisions on course conditions and any restrictions on buggies or trolleys are made on a daily and even hourly basis.  Forward booking of a tee time and buggy will not guarantee that a buggy may be used on the day.  Players who need a buggy in Winter are strongly advised to check with the Pro Shop, the Office or Club website before they travel to the golf course.

Use in competition

Following England Golf policy, in competitions organized by the Club, buggies can only be used by  competitors who qualify for an Artificial Aid under the 2010 Equality Act.  This includes Club “Open Competitions”.  For competitions organized by other bodies eg Devon County, competitors are strongly advised to contact the competition organizers to understand their rules for competition play.

Competitors in Club Competitions will be required to demonstrate that they are entitled to an Artificial Aid by submitting the attached form prior to the competition start.

Limitations on access on the course

To protect the course, trolleys and buggies are not permitted on tees, greens and approaches, nor in bunkers.  EDGC also sits within a fragile and rare Oceanic Lowland Heath ecology. In order to protect this rare habitat no trolleys or buggies are allowed in the rough at any time.

Our course also has some steep slopes which are unsafe for buggies.  In order to protect users, the course and ecology we use GPS to control where buggies may go.  Thus depending on where the golfers ball has come to rest, this may mean that it is not permissible to take wheeled equipment to a location immediately adjacent to the ball.  For example, when a ball comes to rest in the rough and/or on steep ground, buggies are not permitted and some walking may be required to access the golfers’ ball.

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