Playing A Dignified Golf Game: Etiquette On The Course For First-Time Players
If you're like most people who hit the golf course without taking lessons, you're likely intimidated as well as excited about your first game of golf. In addition to getting the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible, there are some unwritten etiquette rules that you should learn. This guide explains what those rules are so that you can get the most out of your experience.
Wait Your Turn
If your group is having a great day and you're making many of your shots easily, you might think that you can just keep moving. However, if the group ahead of you isn't having such a good day, have some patience and wait for them to finish.
Instead getting upset or shouting at those ahead of you, simple wait quietly, determine what club you'll need for the next shot, and mentally prepare for your turn.
Let Players Play Trough
Just as you can have a great day on the course your first time out, you can also have a bad day. If you and your team are the ones holding up groups behind you, allow them to play through. Not only will this be a nice thing to do for the other players but the pressure of people waiting on you will disappear.
Don't Make a Sound
When someone is taking their shot be as quiet as possible. This doesn't just mean talking. Coughing, jiggling coins or keys in your pocket or other little annoying sounds can send someone totally off their game and interfere with their shot.
Help the groundskeepers take care of the course so that you can enjoy it the next time by replacing any divots that you create from your shots. Check with the pro shop to find out how they prefer you take care of this.
Some courses provide some sand with your card to pour into the divot holes as you create them. Other clubs prefer that you don't do anything and allow their groundskeepers to take care of it. However, it is always best to check with them when you show up for your tee time.
Learn more about what's expected of you on the course by signing up for golf lessons with a qualified instructor like those at Monticello Country Club. The more you know when you head out on the course for the first time, the more you'll enjoy the experience and the more you can concentrate on having a great game. Share this with others who are brand new to the golfing world, so they too can know some of the unwritten rule of etiquette while on the golf course.