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    Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    With Saddleworth Moor in flames; my track bone dry; and with me still seeing discarded fags ends about the place - do I think that there should be a ban on smoking on the golf course? I think I do. It's never happened at my place that I'm aware of - but surely the risk of part of your course going up in flames is just not worth it. Could smokers survive 4hrs without a fag?
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    Couldn’t agree more. Ban it full stop on the golf course at least be responsible and pick up your tab ends. I’m sure people wouldn’t appreciate me throwing litter down across the course.
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    Quote Originally Posted by SwingsitlikeHogan View Post
    Could smokers survive 4hrs without a fag?
    No.
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    I don't smoke but I just realised there are no boxes for fag ends on our course, perhaps one could be put at the 10th for those in need and banned elsewhere... I wouldn't want to ban it outright there are enough places people can't enjoy a drag now without including the wide open, but I agree given the fire risk it's a very valid concern.
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    Has a cigarette ever caused damage to a course in the UK?
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    We have had them where I play.

    One year at our course one guy nearly caused quite a big fire when he dropped his pipe. Luckily he was in a fourball and between them they managed to get it under control and put out.

    I used to forever moan at my Dad for flicking his lit fag ends out of the car window.
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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuocity View Post
    Has a cigarette ever caused damage to a course in the UK?
    Of course it has, there were massive heathland fires in 1976.
    I managed a Heathland course just up the road from Hogan in 1976.
    I banned smoking and received serious abuse from the members, a week later a chunk of our 5th fairway caught fire [could only have been from a butt end] and a massive heath fire came within a mile of the course.

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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    There are lots of things that can cause a dry fire - do you want to ban cans which can reflect the sun etc etc

    I’m sure the people who smoke on golf courses will ensure that the fag is completey out

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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    Always winds me up seeing fag butts just lying on the fairways and sometimes even on the greens. You see it at courses all around the UK sadly.

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    Re: Course is Bone Dry - Temporarily Ban Smoking?

    I am also sure that some people who smoke on golf courses discard their but ends without a second thought.
    Are you still a member of Woburn as bone dry pine needles make excellent tinder.
    Years of damage to a golf course balanced against a mild inconvenience.

    It's a no brainer.

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