Know your golfing etiquette

Almost as important as the rules is etiquette: how you behave on the golf course, and how you treat other players.

Etiquette is vital for the sake of courtesy, safety and the pace of play. For instance:

  • You should not distract another player who is making a stroke by talking or moving.
  • You should not play your ball if the players in front are within range.
  • You should play as promptly as possible, so as not to keep other players waiting.
  • You should replace your divots (lumps of turf dislodged when you play a stroke).

The carefully manicured putting greens, which surround the holes, have to be treated with particular respect.

Practical experience of playing golf will be your best guide to etiquette.

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