Grasping all the relevant do’s and don’ts of golf takes time. So if you are comfortable on any golf course and with any player, use this list as a good start for the rules of golf etiquette.
• Play at a reasonable pace.
• Repair ball marks, replace divots and rake bunkers.
• Pay attention to the rules as they are laid out and administered by the R&A.
• Have the player who is farthest away from the pin hit first on each shot.
• Let the winner of the previous hole tee off first at the next tee.
• Turn in every score for handicap purposes.
• Respect the rules and regulations of the course you are playing.
• Move or talk while someone in your group is hitting the ball (or about to hit).
• Ask your opponent what club he hit.
• Walk across the line of another player’s putt on the green.
• Hit your shots until the group in front of you is well out of range.
• Ever play when lightning is in the area.
• Hold up other players.
By Seán Hawker
Seán Hawker is a bilingual PGA professional – Head professional at Morgado do Reguengo, near Portimão. He is available for golf tuition for players of all levels, from complete beginners to tour winners. 969 188 981 | firstname.lastname@example.org