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Golfing Etiquette

February 5th, 2014

Golf is often considered to be a bit more of a gentleman’s sport, unlike most other sports golf is rarely played with a referee or umpire which means that it is up to the players to be sure that the rules are followed and safety is maintained, as a result golf has developed a number of very strict codes of etiquette that need to be followed in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable game for everyone on the course, as well as to show respect for the course itself.

There are three main matters in which the codes of etiquette are considered to be particularly important; the maintenance of the course, the safety of other players and consideration to other players.

Course Maintenance;

While playing on any golf course you are expected to do a little maintenance yourself.

  • Do not use a cart unless carts are permitted on that day, check with a staff member or the course website. If carts are permitted make sure you only use them in accepted areas such as cart paths and keep them away from the green and hazards.
  • Repair your divets.
  • Repair your ball marks on the green.
  • Rake the bunkers after your shot to remove footprints and ball damage. Courses should keep rakes close to bunkers for this purpose.
  • Try to avoid divots on a practice swing.
  • Wear the accepted footwear.
  • Avoid walking on the steep face of a bunker.

Take precautions to avoid unnecessary damage to the course where possible and try to leave the hole in the same condition as when you arrived. Many courses supply a pot of soil and seed mixture, if a divet is too damaged to replace fill it with this mixture, you can also spread it to areas where less considerate players have not performed their own maintenance.


Safety is important, do your best to maintain a good regard for the wellbeing of yourself and others throughout your game.

  • If there is a chance your shot make hit players ahead of you do not make the shot until the risk is gone.
  • If your shot looks like it may hit players ahead of you yell “fore” to warn them and apologise to anyone the ball lands even close to.
  • Make sure you are not in the way of another player’s shot.
  • Pay attention to where you’re walking, don’t trip on a divet that has not been repaired or fall into a bunker. It happens more often than you would think.

Consideration to Others;

Show consideration to others through basic common courtesy and by following the rules and general etiquette expectations.

  • Mind where you are and where your shadow is at all times, but particularly on the green.
  • Remain quiet throughout the game but silent and still when a fellow player is taking a shot.
  • If you aren’t ready to take your shot yet invite someone in your group to play theirs first.
  • Maintain a good pace, don’t try to overtake the players ahead of your but be careful not to slow down players behind you too much either.
  • Think about and plan your shot before you take it. From selecting your club to taking your shot should take around 30-45 seconds.
  • Do not stand on the putting line of a fellow player when on the green.
  • At the end of the game congratulate the winner and shake hands with the other players. No matter how poorly you played you must not throw a tantrum.
  • If there are caddies available at the course be courteous towards them, they often have a lot of information that could help you.

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