7 Golf Etiquette No Nos

Rule 1 in the new Rules of Golf book talks about standards of player conduct and things like integrity, honesty, applying the Rules, showing respect to other players and taking good care of the course.

1) Give players courtesy by taking your club out of your bag before or after your playing partner has hit, NOT during their shot.

2) Mobile phones – Ideally, we wouldn’t have them with us on the course but in this day and age we do. Set it to silent, check it occasionally if you need to and if you need to reply to anything, do it a) when it’s not your turn to play and b) when it’s not distracting to other players. We’re not saying don’t take your phone out with you, just use it with courtesy to your playing partners.

3) Take good care of the course – Repair pitch marks on the greens. We’re not advocating spending hours repairing them but why not do two or three? Don’t hold up play but if we all repaired multiple pitch marks the greens would be in much better condition.

4) In bunkers, think of the people coming into it after you and rake it properly. Who wants to get into a bunker to find your ball in a footprint?

5) Don’t mark your scorecard on the green – Even if the course is busy, it can be frustrating for people behind watching you tot up your score. Put the flagstick in and move on to the next hole where you can mark the card on the tee.

6) Make sure you hit when players ahead are out of range. The safest thing to do is to wait until a group ahead are well out of range, it can come across as rude and dangerous to constantly be hitting golf balls up the backsides of the group in front when they have nowhere to go. Rein in the frustration and be patient.

7) Wave the group behind through whenever you need to, for example if you can’t find a golf ball. If you’re playing with a slow player, let the group behind through. It’s all about having a little bit of thought for others, and as the Rules say, showing them consideration.

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