Whether you’re golfing at Quail Hollow in Wesley Chapel, Florida, or teeing off elsewhere, it’s important to follow the universal, unwritten rules of golfing etiquette. By following these rules, you can remain in good standing and return to that golf course.
Alert Others of a Rogue Ball
Every golfer has shanked a shot at one time or another, so it’s nothing to be embarrassed about if your ball goes completely off course. What is important is shouting “fore” when the ball could possibly hit a fellow golfer on the course. This notifies other golfers to be aware of a rogue ball and keep an eye out to avoid getting hit. Even if your ball doesn’t seem to be traveling toward anyone on the course, it’s best to call out “fore” in case there’s a gust of wind or swift change in the wind direction.
Rake the Bunker
If you end up in a bunker at some point, make sure to rake the sand behind you. Divots left by your swing, ball, and shoes could trap another golfer’s ball as he or she is trying to get out of the bunker. Raking your marks is common courtesy on the golf course.
Acknowledge the Winner of the Last Hole
One of the most widely accepted ways to decide who tees off first is by letting the winner of the last hole take the honor. This courtesy also politely acknowledges this member of your group. Some golfers breach this etiquette by letting the person who is ready tee off first. It’s best to agree before you start the game.
Keep an Eye on Your Shadow
When you’re on the course, don’t let your shadow get in someone’s line of vision or putting line. A sudden darkening can make it harder to see the ball.
Image provided by Bigstock