Golfing Rules of Etiquette

Posted on 09 May 2011   Articles, Rules and Etiquette

Rules of etiquette

There are a number of rules of etiquette to abide by when attending a golf club and playing golf. Not many clubs will allow a person to turn up and play without knowledge of, and abiding by the club’s rules. That said, the strictness relating to the rules can vary from one club to another.

These rules of etiquette relate to anything from dress code and time keeping, to play style and conduct.

The marshals of etiquette

Golf clubs use people to act like marshals to observe how people act, and to advise them when needed.

Dress code

One of the more well known areas of etiquette is the dress code. Dress code can vary considerable from one club to another. All clubs will require players to wear proper golf shoes when out on the golf course. Part of the reason for this is the special types of grass used on the course, which are required to give the necessary effect (e.g. smooth, snooker table effect on the putting green). When in the club house, most clubs require that people wear smart clothing, with long legged trousers (not jeans), although many clubs do allow golf shorts. Trainers must not be worn on the golf course, and many golf clubs will not allow them to be worn anywhere within the club.

Rules on etiquette are even applied to where people are allowed, or in this case not allowed to get changed. Many clubs do not allow people to get changed in the car park, and this even applies to the changing of shoes.

Modern day menace

Mobile/cell phones are not generally allowed on the golf course, but if they must be at hand, then they should to be switched off, and stored away.

Be punctual

Accurate time keeping and punctuality are extremely important when attending a club to play a round or two. It is considered very bad etiquette to be late, and to hold up other golfers. This applies not just to making the start of the game in good time, but also during play. It is frowned upon to play too slow, and if anyone or any group is found to be holding up others because of the length of time they are taking on each hole, a marshal will inform them, and advise them to speed up their play.

Rules of the group

When playing against others, the rules by which the group plays must be made clear to all, and for everyone to abide by those rules. Also, while someone is having their shot, the other golfers in the group must show respect and stay silent, and stay out of the player’s line of sight.

And finally

All in all, learn the rules, abide by the rules, show respect for other golfers and the club. And above all else, enjoy this great game and the people who are part of it.

Charles Edwards is a keen golfer and sportsman and provider of information on many aspects of the golf. Please visit golfclubpros for some great deals and top quality cheap golf balls


By Charles A Edwards


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