What steps do golf courses take when a thunderstorm is in the forecast?

Hampden County

Our 22News Storm Team’s lighting indicator showed hundreds of lightning strikes during Tuesday’s storms.

One place you don’t want to get stuck during a thunderstorm is in the middle of an open field, or on a golf course. 22News found out they have a way to let golfers know when to get indoors in a hurry.

First come the dark clouds rolling in. Not long after, lightning strikes and thunder roars.

Tuesday morning was dry and sunny so some golfers decided to get their swings in early. 

Jerry Perkins of Westfield told 22News what he does when he’s golfing and thunder roars, “I try and look ahead to the weather and predict lightning is dangerous outside on a golf course.”

22News went to East Mountain Country Club in Westfield to find out their protocol and the action they take when thunderstorms are in the forecast. 

Ted Perez from the East Mountain Country Club told 22News, “When we know they are close, we have a siren, a loud car alarm, we then do an announcement, ‘Attention please, golf course is closed. There is lightning in the area.’ Then we physically get in the car and drive around the golf course to make sure everyone heard it.”

Perez waits 30 minutes after the last lightning strike before he lets players back out on the golf course.

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