Golf etiquette basics

Golf etiquette basics

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.

Do’s
• 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.

Don’t
• 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
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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 | hawkersean@gmail.com
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