Golf course etiquette – the rules you need to know

If you’ve been golfing for a long time, then you’ll know about the unspoken rules of the course. But if you’re new to the sport then it can be tough to understand the etiquette, and you may find yourself annoying more people than you intend to.

To help you make sure that you don’t put a foot wrong while out on the course we’ve thrown together a quick list of 6 things you should never do when walking 18 holes.

Tee time – If you’re going to schedule a tee time, then make sure you turn up at that time. And even better, turn up early; it’ll give you time to warm up. If you miss it you’re going to have to wait around for another opening slot; which will take hours if it’s a busy day.

Dress right – Pretty much every golf course has a dress code. It’s vital that you find out the dress code of the course you’re going to beforehand. Golf shoes aren’t always required, neither are gloves, but they’re often beneficial to have.

Keep quiet – When another player is preparing to take a shot, you mustn’t talk or whisper. Stay quiet until they’ve gotten they’ve done; it can be off putting when you’re trying to line up a shot and someone’s chattering away about your posture behind you.

Stay calm – If you’re stuck behind a slower group out on the course, try not to lose your cool. Different players play at different paces, it’s something you’re going to have to get used to. If they’re being unbelievably slow, to the point where it’s detracting from your game, have a word with them and politely ask if they can speed it a long a little.

Mark your ball – Before the game mark your ball with your initials or something that you’ll remember, and show the ball to your group. This will help avoid any confusion when you’re searching for it in the rough with another player.

Care for the course – Make sure that while you’re playing you’re taking care of the course. Many first timers scuff shots, or damage the ground with golf carts unaware of the disastrous affect that it can have on the playing course. Just be mindful of it the next time you head out for a round of golf.

So there you go. If you’re heading out for your first ever round of golf follow the 6 rules of etiquette above!

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