Did you know that lightning kills more people in Florida than all other
weather hazards combined? To help protect golfers at Palm Beach County-owned golf facilities, we utilize the Earth Networks system to help track inclement weather. This state-of-the-art, professional grade weather sensor suite tracks 27 different variables from stations located at over 10,000 educational, government, emergency management and recreational facilities nationwide. When lightning is detected within a 6-mile radius of our golf courses, a signal triggers a 15-second horn blast that warns course patrons. Golfers are advised to seek shelter. No new golf or range fees will be accepted and no groups will be sent to tee off until the all-clear signal, consisting of three shorter 5-second horn blasts, is sounded.
Please use the following tips to stay safe in the event of an oncoming thunderstorm during your time at one of our five facilities.
- Monitor threatening weather. Be aware of thunderstorm watches and warnings and look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increased wind, which may be signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm.
- Check the latest forecast prior to a practice or event. Postpone activities if necessary. If thunderstorms are forecasted, most often during the summer months, consider postponing activities early to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.
- Get to a safe structure. If you hear thunder, suspend your activity immediately and instruct everyone to get to a safe structure. Avoid sheds, small or open shelters, dugouts, bleachers, or grandstands, and stay off corded phones and away from wiring or plumbing. If a sturdy building is not nearby, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed will offer good protection.
- Consider an app for your mobile device. Apps for mobile devices are now available that provide access to a local network of lightning sensors. This may be an additional resource for you to assess surrounding weather conditions and practice personal safety.