Unlike many sports, the game of golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire to determine the action to take when facing a situation with the Rules of Golf. The game relies on the integrity of the individual(s) playing a round of golf and the consideration shown to other players, whether playing in a competition and/or for recreational purposes but always playing by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner. demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is what is known as "The Spirit of the Game". (courtesy of www.usga.org)
Below please FIND some TIPS on how you can display proper ETIQUETTE while on the golf course. A list of all recommendations and rules included in the Rules of Golf booklet can be found by clicking HERE.
CARE OF THE COURSE
- Repair divot holes and pitch marks.
- Smooth footprints in bunkers.
- Leave the course as clean as you found it; if necessary, HELP by picking up any litter you might find.
- Replace the flagstick carefully.
WHILE PLAYING A ROUND
- Don’t move, talk or stand close to a player making a stroke.
- Don’t step on another player’s line of putt.
- Always play without delay and keep up with the group in front.
- Don’t drop clubs on the putting and/or lean on your putter.
SECURITY FOR YOU AND OTHERS
- Don’t play until the group in front is out of the way.
- Shout a warning if your ball might hit someone.
- When making a stroke make sure you will not hit your fellow-competitor with your club and/or intended swing.