Beverley pasture masters golf course near Hull, earlier this year placed a ban on the use of motorised vehicles on the course, including golf buggies and mobility scooters. You may remember the article we wrote on it.
However, after receiving a number of complains a consultation was held, and the ban on mobility scooters has been successfully lifted by town pasture masters on the Beverley Westwood’s golf course.
It was found that the ban had prevented several regular members from playing because they needed mobility scooters to get around. After the club had written to the members about the rule, the pasture masters who supervise the course were made aware of the issue, and made the decision to lift the ban to allow mobility scooter users back onto the course.
One local regular golfer Brian Yates, 77, was interviewed by the local press, and stated that he was delighted at the hearing the news.
A mobility scooter user himself, Mr Yates, of Lockington, told the press: “I have been using my buggy because of my heart problems over the past four-and-a-half years. I have been a member of Beverley Golf Club for quite a number of years and have a lot of friends there so I was pleased when I was told I could come back. This could help people in the future, too.”
The chairman of Beverly Pasture Masters, Allan English, has confirmed that mobility scooters would be permitted on the Westwood course, but that golf buggies would not allowed.
In an interview with local press Mr English said: “It became an issue this year because the club wanted to use golf buggies to hire them out and we said no, it was not the type of course for riding buggies. We are not discriminating against people with disabilities. Mobility scooters are allowed, but it’s up to them to be insured. They are on rough pasture when not on the fairway and it’s at their own risk.”
The popular golf course is set in stunning countryside, and the nature of the terrain as well as the presence of grazing cattle means motorised golf buggies would not be suitable on health and safety grounds.
Mr English expressed concerns that the rough terrain could hide many hazards such as rabbit holes and unexpected obstacles that cause golf buggies to tip over. The pasture masters also have to prioritise the grazing cattle, and this is why golf buggies are banned, and also why there is a 15-yard limit for vehicles in place.