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Golf tournaments can be particularly susceptible to weather conditions as they need to be stable for a number of hours for a game to run smoothly from start to finish. Taking the weather into account is increasingly important in order to identify operational windows and ensure supporters and players are not disappointed by cancellations.

To discuss any of our services further and to speak with one of our team, email us at sports@metoffice.gov.uk or call 0370 900 0100.

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Weather challenges for Golf:

  • Rain  either prolonged or extreme can cause a golf course to be unplayable if conditions become unfair or causal water accumulates on putting greens.
  • Wind can affect play due to it’s affect on ball flight and movement on the putting green
  • Lightning & snow & lightning can cause health and safety issues for players and supporters which may cause match postponement if deemed severe.
  • Severe fog may cause the flight of the ball to be completely obscured and delay play.
  • Temperature and Humidity can affect equipment selection and player hydration strategy.
  • No Rainfall can cause drought conditions on the course and will require water management.

The Met Office offers a range of services for golf  clubs and tournaments that mitigate the above weather risks to keep costs down, ensure the safety of all parties and improve the likelihood that tournaments are actually played:

VisualEyes for Sport Event Management

VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for operations managers, grounds managers, and health and safety teams.

Please visit our VisualEyes for Sports Events webpage for more information

Forecast Services

Location- specific Threshold Forecasts

Threshold Forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather using bespoke parameters and the thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.

Examples of the variables available include: The probability of lightning, Visibility, Sunshine Duration (amongst others).

Weather Consultancy

Embedded Forecaster

For very weather sensitive events that require constant on site monitoring and support, the Met Office can supply world leading forecasters for your event to provide the advice and guidance for crucial health, safety and operational decisions.

Talk to a forecaster

Our telephone consultancy service is designed for when you need to speak to an expert immediately, our forecasters are on hand 24/7, to give you additional reassurance and guidance.

  • Ask for any weather information or forecast for any land area in the U.K (international locations also available).
  • Direct telephone access to a weather forecaster 24 hours a day
  • Perfect for critical decision making

Weather Sensitivity Analysis

Our Weather Analytics team can help you to analyse the relationship between the weather and performance which can offer valuable insight into resource planning and sport event demand.

We can help you to answer important questions such as:

  • ‘How many people will attend the event in certain weather conditions?’
  • ‘What resources will be needed to serve the event audience?’
  • ‘What preparation, clothing, strategies work best under which weather conditions?’
  • ‘When was weather not a contributing factor to previous poor results?’

Such analysis can be produced in stages to test data before a deeper investigation, ultimately the level of granularity and investigation is tailored to your requirements. Marginal gains in sport are becoming more and more valuable weather services from the Met Office can reduce the impact of weather on your overall event performance.

MORECS Data

MORECS is our nationwide modeled data of rainfall, evaporation and soil moisture. The analysis covers a variety of different soils and topography. Having this information at your fingertips will allow you to make informed decisions, helping you to manage resources.

Why use MORECS data in Sport?

  • Predict evaporation losses
  • Plan and assess pitch drainage and watering

MORECS parameters include:

  • Actual Evaporation
  • Potential Evaporation
  • Soil Moisture Deficit- For assessing field water capacity
  • Hydraulically Effective Rainfall- Rainfall that turns to runoff

The output can be for a single site of your choice with extremes going back to 1960. Data can be supplied in daily, weekly or monthly time periods along with long term averages for comparison.

 

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