So, you’re new to golf and not quite sure of how to conduct yourself on the course? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some simple rules to follow so you don’t accidentally take away from the game for your group or other golfers using the course.
Golf Etiquette Tips
Control your temper. Look, the number one rule of golf etiquette (not to mention life in general) is pretty simple: don’t be a dick. Everyone enjoys a little healthy competition, but ultimately you’re out there to have fun and because you love the game. Getting angry just because you’re not doing well is inappropriate and will spoil the game for everyone. We all have off days. Keep it together and don’t let your frustration get the better of you.
Show up to the golf course at least 20 minutes before your tee time. Be at the first tee at least 5-10 minutes before your tee time. If you say you’re going to be there, be there.
Don’t spend a ton of time searching for lost balls, simply accept the fact that you’re going to lose a few and play with inexpensive, used balls. You don’t want to waste all of your time and everybody else’s hunting down stray balls.
Be quiet and don’t get in the way when someone else is playing. Never walk into somebody’s line of play!
Avoid wet areas of the course with your golf cart because the tires will damage the course easily in these spots.
Dress neatly. It’s respectful to the other players and the game. All golf courses have a dress code, so check it first and dress accordingly.
Replace your divots and ball marks. If you take a chunk of ground out with your golf club by accident, make sure you fix the divot you created to the best of your ability. If the clump of turf you took out is still nearby, plop it back into place and tamp it down with your foot. If the chunk you took out is AWOL, use sand to fill it in instead. Usually golf courses have sand available in the carts for you to use.
Put your phone on silent and try not to look at it during your game. Just be present and play some golf. You’ll have more fun and so will your groupmates.
If the group behind you is playing faster than your group, let them go ahead of you. That being said, don’t rush the group in front of you, either.
Abide all cart rules your golf course has and try to stay on cart paths to minimize damaging the grass.
Never roll a pushcart onto the green or through hazards. This can damage the green.
Don’t take too long to play. Take one or two practice shots each turn, no more than that. You don’t want to hold everyone up–that means both your own group and the golfers behind you.
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