dark and stormy night on golf course - panoramic view green golf course hit by thunderstorm and rain
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2023-05-02 press release

New information sheet "Golf during thunderstorms" for match management from VDE and DG

Information on hazard assessment, protective measures and evacuation plans. Golf courses are particularly dangerous places during thunderstorms. The info sheet is available free of charge.

Press Officer

(Frankfurt a. M., 02.05.2023) Just in time for the start of tournaments in May, the VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies), the DGV (German Golf Association) and the Golf Association of North Rhine-Westphalia are publishing a new information sheet that provides match directors with important recommendations on how to conduct golf tournaments when thunderstorms are imminent. The information sheet provides information on protective measures to be taken in preparation for the tournament and offers assistance in drawing up evacuation plans. The experts from the VDE Lightning Protection and Research Committee also answer the question of when the tournament organizers must interrupt a tournament and how they can inform the participants of this.

In recent years, the information service of Siemens has registered an average of more than one million lightning strikes per year in Germany. Due to their topography, golf courses are among the most dangerous places during thunderstorms: The distance to buildings with lightning protection is particularly large here, free-standing trees and groups of trees as well as hilltops and elevated positions are magnets for lightning strikes. The risk of serious lightning accidents, in which people are injured or even die, is therefore particularly high on the green.

The information sheet (in German) is available free of charge for download here. More information at www.vde.com/golf-bei-gewitter

About VDE

VDE, one of the largest technology organizations in Europe, has been regarded as a synonym for innovation and technological progress for more than 130 years. VDE is the only organization in the world that combines science, standardization, testing, certification, and application consulting under one umbrella. The VDE mark has been synonymous with the highest safety standards and consumer protection for more than 100 years. 

Our passion is the advancement of technology, the next generation of engineers and technologists, and lifelong learning and career development “on the job”. Within the VDE network more than 2,000 employees at over 60 locations worldwide, more than 100,000 honorary experts, and around 1,500 companies are dedicated to ensuring a future worth living: networked, digital, electrical.  
Shaping the e-dialistic future. 

The VDE (VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. For more information, visit www.vde.com