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Golf Etiquette


Golf Etiquette

Etiquette is defined as “the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in society in general or in a specific social or professional group or situation”  The game of golf does not have any referees or officials, it is up to each individual player to follow the rules.  With that being said, below are the major areas to follow with regard to golf etiquette.

Safety  Be sure that the group ahead of you is out of range before you hit.  If your shot is in the direction of other players, shout ‘fore’ to alert them of a potential injury.

Disturbance and Distraction  As a player approaches their ball to strike, stop moving or talking so as not to distract them.  On the putting green, the same applies along with keeping your shadow out of the line of a player’s putt.

Scoring  Wait until you arrive at the next tee box to discuss strokes and mark the scorecard.  This allows the group behind you to proceed to the green.

Pace  Play at a good pace.  This means keeping up with the group in front of you.  If you fall behind you need to speed up or let the group behind you through.

Be Ready to Play  Be ready to play as soon as it is your turn.  Around the tee and green, park your golf cart on the path close to the tee box or flag.  Golf is not a race and you don’t need to rush, but on the other hand, lingering is not acceptable

Lost Ball  If you believe your shot went out of bounds or in water, hit a provisional ball in case you can’t find your first shot and take a penalty.  You may search for a ball as long as you keep the pace of play with the group behind you.  If the next group is ready to hit, you can either wave them through or drop another ball and continue playing.

Care of the Course

Bunkers  Before you enter the bunker, pick up the nearest rake or be sure to take the rake off your golf cart.  After your shot, rake out the indentations in the sand and walk backwards out of the sand raking your footprints the entire way.

Repair of Divots and Ball-Marks  Repair all divots in the fairway and rough according to the course.  This is either replacing the loose grass or placing sand in the open area.  Use a ball mark repairer to fix the indentations made on the green by your approach shot.  It is always encouraged to fix all ball marks even though it might not have been caused by you.

If you are a beginner, ask your group to help you with golf etiquette.  If you are playing with someone who is not following these basic considerations, educate them on what is expected to keep the game enjoyable.


Enjoy and have fun!

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