In our previous post we discussed the importance of golf course etiquette and how beginner and advanced players alike can be respectful and contribute to the enjoyability of the game. Below we discuss a few tips. Do you see anything we forgot or have any other tips? Comment below what etiquette tips you think are most important!
Noise Levels: Noise levels should be at a minimum on the course as to not distract other players, especially as they hit their ball. Talking while your buddy is getting ready to hit the ball or during their swing may be distracting or mess up their focus. When you sink a long putt or your friend hit a great shot, it’s encouraged to celebrate with a little “woo-hoo” or “great shot” but be aware of other groups and players around you.
Most golf courses have seen a trend of golfers bringing Bluetooth speakers to play music on the golf cart. Music is a great way to express emotion and can help lighten and liven up the mood, however not everyone comes to the golf course to hear music. Some people enjoy hearing the birds, the trees rustling in the wind and the clomping of the horse and buggies in the distance. If you like to listen to music on the course, keep the volume at a respectful level.
Other Distractions: Standing in someone’s line of view as they are hitting their ball is distracting to most players. It could also be dangerous if you are in line with their ball. Always position yourself behind the person swinging to avoid getting hit with the golf ball. Standing behind them may also help them stay focused on their swing and not be distracted by movement or people around them. While putting it is also respectful to not walk in someone’s putt line. If you must walk between someone else’s ball and the hole to get to your own ball, it is respectful to step over the invisible line from their ball to the hole as to not create an impression on the green potentially messing up how the ball rolls.
Divots and Ball Marks: At Honeybrook Golf Club, we pride ourselves in being “Pennsylvania’s Friendliest Golf Club,” this isn’t just restricted to the performance and emotions of our staff, but it also includes cleanliness and the well-maintained course. While swinging your club you may take out a chunk of ground, this is called a divot; and when the golf ball hits the green it may create an impression called a ball mark. You are expected to repair these damages as a small way to make sure the course is being maintained and kept in great condition. Check out these videos of our Golf Pro John Falco explaining the proper way to repair a divot and ball mark.
Pace of Play: There is a lot of moving parts that play a role in pace of play and we will be writing a future blog post specific to how you can help the pace of play on the course, however because this is such an important part of the game, let’s briefly touch on pace of play as far as golf course etiquette. There are a few things you can do to keep the game moving and not hold up the groups behind you. The first thing is to arrive at the course well before your tee time. If you have a 9am tee time and you’re only pulling into the parking lot at 9am, you have now held up the rest of the tee time for the day. Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to check in at the pro shop, unload your vehicle and load up your golf cart, grab a snack and drink, use the bathroom and hit a few practice balls. Once on the course, if you lose your ball, take no more than 2-3 minutes to look for it. If someone in your group loses their ball, help them look, but if you’ve been looking for 3 minutes it’s time to move on. Also thinking about what club you want to use for your next shot while walking to driving to your ball will help keep the pace going. It’s a good habit to think about your next shot before you get to your ball.
Golf Cart: Follow the golf course’s cart rules. Each course may have different cart rules, so don’t be afraid to ask a staff member what their cart policies are and be aware that things like rain and course conditions may effect the cart policy. Also be aware of who is around you before you drive off in our cart. Going back to the noise levels, throwing the cart in reverse or quickly pulling forward while in someone’s view while they are swinging the club is a huge distraction.
We hope this quick overview of golf course etiquette was helpful. Check out the video below for a few fun examples of golf course etiquette and keep an eye here on our blog for even more helpful information and tips!