Whether playing for leisure or competing in tournaments, golfers of all levels are exposed to various risks. The same goes for golf clubs. The popularity of golf is leading to a growing golf course market. According to IBISWorld, the US golf courses and country clubs market is worth $26.7 billion in 2023.
These clubs can face financial losses due to damaged courses, property, personal injury, etc. To protect themselves from the potential financial costs of these risks, golfers and golf club owners can purchase golf insurance.
This article will explore different types of golf insurance, from hole-in-one insurance to injury insurance, and discuss the benefits of each.
Why Should Golf Clubs Get Golf Insurance?
Golf clubs should get golf insurance to protect against potential financial losses from accidents or incidents on their property, such as injuries to players or damage to equipment. Golf and country club insurance programs can also cover events such as lightning strikes and theft.
Lightning strikes are common in the USA. And they are fierce, too. The world’s longest lightning strike of around 500 miles was recorded in the US. Another lightning bolt case is from August 2022, wherein the bolt killed 3 people close to the White House. Like people, it can also destroy golf courses. Golf insurance can help cover such damages.
Additionally, having insurance can also help to attract and retain members as it shows that the club is taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of its members. Another benefit of golf insurance is that it can provide liability coverage for the club if a member or guest is injured on the property and decides to sue. This can help to protect the club’s assets and financial stability. It can also provide coverage for any legal fees associated with a lawsuit.
Golf insurance can also cover damage to the course and club facilities due to natural disasters, vandalism, or other unexpected events. This can help to ensure that the club can quickly and efficiently recover from any damage and continue to provide a high-quality golfing experience for its members.
Overall, golf insurance is an essential investment for any golf club as it can help to protect the club’s assets and financial stability while also providing peace of mind for its members and guests.
Golf tournament organizers can purchase hole-in-one insurance to protect themselves from paying out large prizes for a golfer making a hole-in-one during a tournament. The insurance typically covers the prize’s cost and additional expenses, such as marketing and advertising costs associated with promoting the hole-in-one.
It is also generally available for charity golf tournaments and corporate events. These policies are usually written on a one-time basis for a specific tournament. Some hole-in-one insurance policies also include coverage for multiple holes-in-one or even a potential “shoot-out” round in the event of multiple hole-in-ones.
Specialized insurance providers typically offer these policies, and the cost of the coverage can vary depending on the prize’s value and the tournament’s number of participants.
In addition to covering the cost of the prize, hole-in-one insurance can also provide liability coverage for the tournament organizer if a golfer is injured while attempting a hole-in-one. This can include coverage for medical expenses and other costs associated with the injury.
There are also some cases of people exploiting hole-in-one insurance. This has happened in Korea. According to The Korea Times, an insurance policyholder and some other holders, deceived an insurance company, claimed 18 false hole-in-one cases, and got $51,000 in insurance money.
Liability insurance is important for golf course owners. Liability insurance can help protect against lawsuits from individuals who can sue the golf course for personal injury or property damage. These policies may also cover negligence claims, defamation, invasion of privacy, and other related acts committed by employees or independent contractors working on your turf and greens.
You should be sure that the liability coverage you choose will cover any type of claim that might arise during your business hours:
- Claims involving bodily injury
- Property damage
- Personal injury caused by auto accidents within a certain distance from your premises
- Product liability, as well as advertising injury
Golf equipment coverage is insurance individuals can purchase to protect their golf equipment, such as clubs, bags, and carts, against damage, loss, or theft. A golf club owner can also get this for all the equipment the club owns.
This type of coverage is typically offered as an add-on to a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy but can also be purchased as a standalone policy. The coverage typically includes protection for golf equipment both on and off the course and can include coverage for replacing or repairing damaged gear.
The cost of golf equipment coverage can vary depending on the value of the equipment insured and the type of coverage purchased. Generally, there is a limit on the amount of coverage per item and a total limit for all items.
Even travel insurance may cover golf equipment. According to AXA Assurances, travel insurance can cover golf equipment as luggage when traveling or residing at a hotel.
Outdoor Property Insurance
Outdoor property insurance covers damage to property, including golf courses and greens. It covers the cost associated with the repairs or replacement of damaged property. It also covers the cost of legal fees should you file a lawsuit against someone else for their negligence in causing the damage.
The coverage does not include personal injury or medical bills caused by an accident on the course. It protects against property damage caused by others’ negligence, like accidentally hitting a golf ball into your car while driving past the fairway.
Playing Surfaces Insurance
Playing surfaces insurance is a type of coverage that protects against damage to greens and fairways. It can be used to cover the cost of repairing or replacing them and the cost of a temporary surface if the damage is severe enough to take out a course for an extended period.
- Permitted causes: Drought, flooding, frost/freeze, windstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
- Not permitted causes: Acts of God, natural disasters such as wildfires or floods, and armed conflict.
Golf is an expensive sport. It can be even more costly when trying to protect your investment. Golf clubs are not cheap, and you want to ensure they’re protected when they get damaged during a game of golf. There are many different types of insurance available.
Still, the most common one is hole-in-one insurance which covers accidents such as falling over while playing or hitting a ball into the water, where it sinks without being retrieved by anyone else on the course.