Golf Etiquette

1. Pace of Play

  • Maintain an appropriate pace by playing “ready golf” and not spending too much time looking for lost balls.
  • Be ready to play when it’s your turn, limiting practice swings to maintain a steady rhythm.

2. Course Maintenance

  • Repair ball marks on greens and either replace divots or fill them with sand/mix on the fairways.
  • Avoid taking unnecessary divots during practice swings and ensure bunkers are raked and tidy after playing from them.

3. Safety

  • Shout “fore” to warn others if a shot might endanger them.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions during other players’ swings.

4. Equipment Handling

  • Treat your golf equipment with care, organizing your clubs in your bag and cleaning them after each round to maintain their condition.

5. Communication and Sportsmanship

  • Foster a positive atmosphere by congratulating other players on good shots and maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Show respect and fairness when discussing scores or game outcomes.

6. Rules Knowledge

  • Familiarize yourself with the basic rules and guidelines of golf, including penalties and the proper order of play.
  • Learn common golf terminology to effectively communicate with other players and understand course or tournament instructions.

7. Arrival and Preparation

  • Arrive at the course early to prepare, check in, and be ready at the first tee at least 10 minutes before your tee time.

8. Tee Box Etiquette

  • Stand in a position that doesn’t distract the player teeing off, avoiding the line of vision and not moving or talking during the swing.

9. Flagstick Handling

  • Be mindful of the flagstick while putting and the player who putts out first should usually return it to the cup.

10. Avoiding Disruptions

  • Don’t step on other players’ putting lines and limit phone use to essential purposes, keeping the ringer off.

11. Golf Cart Usage

  • Adhere to golf cart rules, including where and how to drive on the course.

12. Respecting Other Players

  • Never hit a ball when the group ahead is within your potential distance, and avoid hitting more than one ball per play.

13. Dress Code

  • Wear appropriate golf attire, typically including collared shirts and golf shoes with soft spikes.