The beginner's guide to golf etiquette

Golfing dos and don'ts

Golf has many rules and traditions, as well as a certain etiquette that should be adhered to in order to prevent you from irritating other golfers. There is certainly nothing worse than an inconsiderate golfer who doesn’t pay attention to other golfers around them, nor gives a thought for the golf course itself — which is why the rules are there

With this in mind, we've compiled a list of golfing dos and don’ts to follow while you’re out on the golf course, in order to help you avoid the pitfalls that many beginner golfers fall into.

Golfing dos:

  • Replace all divots you have created with your golf club.
  • Stand well out of the way of an opponent when they are taking their shot, so as not to distract them.
  • Give warning to other golfers of a wayward shot by shouting ‘Fore!’.
  • Allow the player who is furthest from the hole to play their shot first.
  • Allow a group of quicker golf players to go ahead of your group, so that you don’t continually hold them up.
  • Rake the sand after you have played a shot from a bunker.
  • When you remove the flag before putting, place the flag on the ground rather than throwing or dropping it (and replace it in the hole when you have finished putting).

Golfing don’ts:

  • Play unnecessarily slowly so as to hold up other golfers.
  • Idly chat while on the tee or green.
  • Take too many practice swings on the tee.
  • Walk about the golf course when others are playing their shot.
  • Unnecessarily rush a group of golfers ahead of you (without due reason).
  • Wheel your golf trolley across the green.
  • Wear heavy footwear that is going to damage the putting green.
  • Hit your golf ball when another group of players is within range.
  • Mark your golf scorecard on the green while another group is waiting behind you.
  • Spend more than five minutes looking for a lost ball.

An extra golfing tip

Although learning the dos and don’ts is essential before you start playing golf, the best advice for when you’re starting out is to play with someone who knows the game well, and listen to what they tell you. It’s also far easier to pick up the rules as you go around the course, rather than simply reading them, as you’ll be able to see what varied situations can occur in practice.

Enjoy your golf!

By learning the above etiquette before playing golf for the first time, you will be able to avoid irritating other golfers — and therefore enjoy your game more. The rules and etiquette of golf might seem a little over-the-top to you at first, but if you want to play the game safely and enjoy it, then you have to learn and respect the golfing customs that go with it.

Comments (1)

  • alan83 'There's nothing more annoying when you're playing behind a group of more than 4 people that are just messing around! Know some people that just start smacking balls over their heads, unfortunately I don't have enough faith in my aim for that nowadays!'

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