Golf is sometimes called the gentleman’s game. Of course, it’s widely played by both men and women, but the sentiment remains: Politeness among the players sets the game of golf apart from many other sports.
To help you along in your golfing endeavors, we’ve prepared this quick guide to golf etiquette, which holds true no matter if you’re playing at our course in Wesley Chapel or Royal St. George’s.
Golf Etiquette 101
If you’ve just taken up the game, you might not be versed in the dos and don’ts of the game. Here’s a quick primer on course manners:
- Remember safety: A flying golf ball can be dangerous. When you hit the ball, make sure no one’s in the way. If you discover that someone is in the path of your ball, shout “Fore!” to alert that person.
- Be considerate: Don’t distract the other players as they take their shots. Don’t make noise (and that includes using your cell phone) when it’s someone else’s turn. Also, don’t cast a shadow over the line of anyone else’s putt, and don’t tee your ball until the person ahead of you is finished.
- Keep up: A game of golf should take about four hours. Any delays when it’s your turn result in delays for everyone else, which is inconsiderate. Take your shot quickly, and move on. If there are delays, such as a lost ball, let the people behind you play through.
- Keep track: If you’re a marker for someone, confirm the score with him as soon as he finishes each hole. Record it on your way to the next teeing ground, so there aren’t any delays once you get there.
- Stay tidy: It’s important to make sure the course is kept looking nice for the players after you. After you play through a bunker, rake out the footprints. Then put the rake nearby but out of the way. On the grass, repair any damage from your ball or shoes or divot holes before you move on.
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