Good manners, respect, and proper etiquette matter in life, and on the golf course.
Golf course etiquette can be an area that gets overlooked but is very important in preparing you to play and enjoy golf.
Understanding a few key elements of golf course etiquette will increase your knowledge and confidence out on the course.
Pace of Play
- Always keep up with the group playing in front of you.
- Focus on the group in front of you, not staying ahead of the group behind you.
- Play ready golf. By that I mean be ready to play your shot when it is your turn. Don’t be on your cell phone, texting, drinking, eating, chatting, etc.
- Pace of play is one the biggest complaints from fellow golfers. Do your part to ensure everyone can enjoy their round of golf.
Respect Other Players in Your Group
- Stand in the proper positions when others are playing their shots.
- Don’t distract your fellow golfers while they are playing their shots. Be quiet and stand still.
- Common courtesy goes a long way with your playing partners and will result in a much more enjoyable experience.
- When your ball enters a bunker and you must play your shot from the bunker, find a rake nearby to carry into the bunker with you.
- Go in and out of the bunker in the same direction so you only need to rake one area once you have exited the bunker.
- Be sure to smooth the area where you walked and hit your shot with the rake.
- Remember, someone behind you may hit their shot in the bunker and they don’t deserve to end up with a harder shot because the sand wasn’t smoothed out.
- Replace your divots whenever you make one.
- Simply take the tuft of turf and replace it into the spot that the divot came from.
- Remember, a player behind you doesn’t want their golf ball to finish in a divot you didn’t replace.
- Repair the ball marks that your golf ball may make on the green.
- This happens when a golf ball descends from the sky and impacts the putting surface.
- Use the ball mark repair tool, which is a tool with two prongs on the end of a piece of metal or hard plastic. Every golfer should have one their bag.
- Take your ball mark repair tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression from the ball. Do not insert the prongs into the depression itself, just the rim.
- Use the prongs to push the grass at the edge of the depression toward the center.
- Gently tamp down the repaired ball mark with your putter or foot to smooth the putting surface.
- If the pitch mark your ball makes is fixed right away, it will heal in a few days.
- If the ball mark is not repaired, it can take weeks to heal, which affects the conditions and appearance of the putting surface.
- If you see pitch marks on the green, even if they aren’t from your ball, fix them anyway. This goes a long way to keeping the golf course in pristine condition.
Practicing common courtesy and being familiar with the basic rules of golf ensures everyone enjoys their round.
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