Etiquette is the manner in which the game of golf should be played. The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
SPIRIT OF THE GAME
- 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 the spirit of golf.
- Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by a club, the ball or any stones etc. When they make a stroke or practice swing.
- Players should not play until the players in front are out of reach.
- Players should shout ‘FORE’ if there is danger of their ball hitting someone.
CONSIDERATION FOR OTHER PLAYERS
- Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.
- Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball.
- On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt.
- When marking a card always check the score on the way to the next tee and record it.
PACE OF PLAY
- Players should play at a good pace.
- It is a groups responsibility to keep up with the group in front.
- If you are delaying the group behind, you should invite the group through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.
- When playing on or near the putting green, you should leave your bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green.
- Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent the ball will not be easily found.
CARE OF THE COURSE
- Bunkers: Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others.
- Repairing of divots: Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball.
PREVENTING UNNECESSARY DAMAGE
- Do not remove divots when making practice swings.
- Do not hit the ground with the head of a club , whether in anger or for any other reason.
- Avoid damaging the hole by standing too close to the hole.
- Always walk around the putting surface when possible..
If these rules are followed, All players will gain maximum Enjoyment from the game.