Safety Requirements

In addition to safety of patrons using the Driving Range, safety must also factor in errant golf balls that might escape the boundaries of the range. Unless the range is on a large parcel of land, safety fences are required to contain golf balls. Golfers with higher swing speeds hit the ball farther and higher, meaning that safety nets must be placed far enough away from the tee bays and be high enough to contain even the long hitters.     

Golf Expert Consulting can advise on required safety fence heights.  

Samples of our Work  

We perform golf ball trajectory analyses and recommend safety fence heights for Country Club International in Australia. CCI is that nation's leader in designing and installing safety fences.

  • View the video and you'll see a number of our projects. 
  • Note that all fence sections are not the same height, saving $$.     
  • The golf ball trajectory analysis determines where maximum heights are required.

Safety Fence Heights

 The height of safety fences depends on:.

  • The length and width of the range
  • Topographical elevation changes of the land 
  • Type of range ball used 
  • Appropriate positioning and alignment of tee bays  
  • Factoring the wind into account
  • Adequate targets to direct golf balls towards the center
  • Single tier or double tier hitting bays
  • Use of tee bay dividers 

Existing Driving Range 

 As an example, consider an existing Driving Range which has identified some errant golf ball issues. To do an errant golf ball analysis, we'd consider the following:

  • Since no adjoining residences or businesses, full containment is preferred but not essential 
  • Simulate likely golf ball trajectories with software
  • Import the trajectories into Google Earth
  • Estimate the abilities of most users of the range    
  • Assume golfers will aim in any direction 
  • Analyze the likely number of such errant balls that would exit the driving range using data from a full spectrum of golfers    
  • Provide recommendations of safety fence heights/lengths and or other mitigating strategies. 

Why Choose Golf Expert Consulting Services?

We have been consulting on the safety of golf since 1999 all around the world: residential, golf course, golf driving range, insurance claims and  litigation over errant golf ball disputes.

Golf Course Safety

Safety should be the number priority of golf course management. We can provide the advice you need to avoid injuries and litigation.

Golf Driving Range Fence Heights

Unless the Driving Range sits on 10 acres, it likely requires fences to contain golf balls. Get an analysis of what height produces what % containment.

Expert Witness

Do you need an expert witness for a litigation involving errant golf balls? Count on us to provide the expert opionions you need.

Residential Advice  

Do own a residence bordering a golf hole? How many errant golf balls on your property are too many? Need advice on fence heights?

Online Consult

Booking a consult online is the easiest way to begin the process. Using our booking form, you can specify the details of your errant golf ball issue.

Online Consult

Booking a consult online is the easiest way to begin the process. Using our booking form, you can specify the details of your errant golf ball issue.