GOLF ETIQUETTE and PACE of PLAY

 

www.usga.org/rules/etiquette

 

 

The importance of golf etiquette:

1. Safety of all golfers.

2. Keep up the pace of play

3. Maintain the quality of the golf course.

 

  • Distractions:  When a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke, no one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole.

 

  • Ready Golf:  In the interest of all players, play without delay.  Be ready to play when it is your turn and keep pace with the group in front of you.

 

  • Recording Scores:  When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.  Mark your card on the next tee.

 

  • Sand Bunkers and Rakes:  Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints. Rakes belong outside the bunker near the edge.

 

  • Divots and Ball Marks:  A player should ensure that any divot hole made by her and any damage to the putting green made by a ball is carefully repaired.

 

  • Flagsticks:  Properly replace flagstick before leaving the putting green.

 

  • Practice Swings  Players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the teeing grounds.

 

  • Golf Carts:  Park on the side of the green nearest to the next tee.

 

  • Warnings:  If your ball appears headed toward another player or group, give a warning by yelling out "FORE".

 

  • Putting Lines:  Never walk through a player's putting line.  Your footprints may alter the path of a player's putt.  Step over the putting line, or walk around the player's ball.

 

  • Rules:  Know the rules of golf. Play with honesty and integrity.