Etiquette is a word that's often heard in relation to golf more than with any other sport. But it's not just about manners. How many of us have had brushes with ‘the etiquette police’. There are some of these at most clubs.
They take many different guises, and tend to appear from nowhere just as you unwittingly carried out the misdemeanour - they speak in a loud voice that carries to all parts of the course and inform you that “We don’t do that sort of thing here” - intent on making you feel as embarrassed as possible.
There are of course the ‘Golfing Samaritans’ who will give you the same information but in a helpful and less embarrassing way.
Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of their golf standard, handicap or how competitive they maybe.
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The rules of golf and etiquette are there for several very important reasons: Many of them relate to the safety of golfers, many relate to pace of play (which helps keep the game enjoyable), and other rules of golf etiquette relate to maintaining the quality of the golf course.
Simply, golf etiquette is an essential part of the game. It's something that newcomers to the game often learn as they go when playing with more experienced golfers.
Etiquette is the standard of behaviour and consideration for other players that is expected of golfers on the golf course. They are not directly the subject of the rules of golf, and no penalties apply for breaches of etiquette.
Nevertheless, break these few simple codes and the penalties range from being glared at by other golfers to being barred from the course by the club committee.
Having said this the millions of people worldwide playing golf will testify that it can be one of the most enjoyable and pleasant ways of spending your leisure time.
Playing your first few rounds of golf can be intimidating. Do you know how conduct yourself on a golf course? Will you be unsure of yourself and the rules?
If you are new to the game or just want to brush up on your golf etiquette, for some basic guidelines that can help make playing golf more enjoyable for you, help you to impress your partners or simply to spare yourself those blushes, you may be interested in visiting our listings!