As a reminder, the tennis courts and pool area must be cleared immediately and outdoor areas are CLOSED for a period of 30 minutes upon hearing thunder or seeing lightning. After 30 minutes have passed without thunder or lightning, it is safe to resume use of the outdoor areas of the club. No staff member has the authority to override this policy.
This policy is a nationally recognized standard that applies to Recreational Facilities (see below).
Safe places to take shelter include inside cars and inside the clubhouse. Waiting under umbrellas, inside the pool fence, outside on sidewalks, on the tennis courts, under the gazebo, or on the upstairs patio is not safe or permitted. The tennis court light poles, fences, and pool Funbrellas are objects which can channel lightning. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Remember, most lightning injuries result from an indirect strike!
Upon the occurrence of thunder or lightning, staff members (if present) will ask you to leave outdoor areas and move to a safe place either in a car or in the clubhouse. Please understand that they are doing their job and help them by evacuating as quickly as possible. The longer you delay, the more you put others in harms way.
While you may think the thunder or lightning is not close enough to cause harm, that is not necessarily true. Storms can move rapidly or develop overhead. If there are clouds that look distant in an otherwise clear sky, please be aware that a “Bolt from the Blue” is a positive lightning strike that can travel up to 30 miles from a thunderhead through clear blue skies. There was a strike of this type in Germany that hospitalized 35 people. See Bolt from the Blue in Germany for more information.
Our thunder / lightning policy is based on nationally recognized safety standards, including American Red Cross safety guidelines. The National Weather Service has issued guidelines for Lightning Safety and Outdoor Sports Activities which provide concise information. You can read these guidelines, and more about the reason for the 30 minute rule, at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/sports.shtml.
We realize that inclement weather is an inconvenience, but the safety of members is paramount to us.