Golf course etiquette

golf étiquette

Ok, we’ve all been there.  Some of us are still there, said the author as he looked in the mirror.  You’re golfing with three other people, and you are obviously the worst golfer.  How do you handle, what is the ‘etiquette’?  Well, if they are friends, there really isn’t any.  However, follow these as rules of thumb:

*      Don’t delay play.  If you are on your tenth shot, or twelfth, or fifteenth, pick the ball up.  You’re probably holding people up behind you, and just as importantly, you are frustrating YOURSELF!!
*      If you’re scoring every hole, give yourself your last shot number plus two.
*      If you lose a ball, look for it yourself.  This promotes faster play, and your friends will appreciate it.
*      If you don’t find the ball, take a stroke, drop near where you think it is, and hit away.
*      Don’t look for a ball for more than three minutes
*      If you are having a bad day, don’t complain and whine.  The people you are playing with don’t want to hear it.  If you are going to open your mouth, maybe ask for advice.
*      Remember, you’re supposed to be having fun.  If you are not, stop playing.  My worst day on a golf course is better than sitting at home doing nothing!
*      NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER  OFFER ADVICE UNSOLICITED TO A PLAYER WHO IS CLEARLY BETTER THAN YOU, AND RARELY OFFER TO SOMEONE WHO IS CLEARLY WORSE.  THE ADVICE MUST BE SOUGHT OUT, NOT GIVEN!!!

 

Update – More etiquette ideas that are not so hard and fast:

Don’t be in the eyesight of the golfer who is swinging or putting

Don’t put your shadow anywhere near a fellow golfer’s putting line

First one in the hole goes and gets the flag for the rest of the group

When a partner playing complains about his/her game…say nothing

Leave your cart towards the next hole when you park it to go putt, not in front of the green

Always give your fellow players a minute to help look for their ball when you know where yours is

Don’t swish the ball cleaner when someone is in their pre shot routine

When another player is clearly having a hard time and doesn’t care about score, please offer them a “gimmee” when it’s close to the hole

 

Again, you know your friends better than I, and these are rules of thumbs.  Not all of them conform to the “Royal Book Of Golf Published By The Golf Kings”, but if you read them a couple times, I bet you would agree.

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