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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

New technology is taking the human element out of guessing how close lightning really is.

It's the WeatherBug Outdoor Alerting System with lightning detection sensor -- and it's at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

In fact, it's the only unit of its kind here in Iowa.

"Our first concern is safety of our golfers that are on the golf course, and alerting them that there is that lightning strike, and we want to make sure they get in safely to the clubhouse or to a shelter on the golf course," said Rich Bulgaski, general manager and CEO of the club.

But they can't force golfers to get off the course.

"If somebody's got a good round going and they don't want to give that up, it's kind of hard to convince them," he said.

The system can detect any type of lightning within a 10-mile radius of the club, giving peace of mind to both the staff and the golfers who are on the course.

Allison Murray was on the course one time when it went off.

"I definitely feel safe," she said.

Her golf partner on Friday, Stacy Thier, echoed her sentiment.

"Anything to get us off the course and put our safety first, and I feel like the country club puts us first," she said.

The system has been in place for about a year now, and Bulgaski said it's been well-received not only by members, but also by neighbors who know to get inside when they hear the alarms.

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