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How to Follow Golf Etiquette

Respect the game of golf as well as fellow players by following this etiquette guide.


  • Step 1: Learn the course rules Check the scorecard to learn course rules, including how to deal with out-of-bounds balls, lost balls, unplayable lies, cart paths, and water hazards.
  • Step 2: Wait to hit the ball Wait until the group in front of you is at a safe distance before you hit the ball.
  • TIP: Yell "Fore!" if your shot gets close to another player.
  • Step 3: Avoid slow play Avoid slow play by walking at a reasonable speed between shots. Encourage others to play if you are not ready.
  • Step 4: Stand behind your opponent Stand behind your opponent and try not to make any noise while they are taking a shot.
  • TIP: Avoid yelling or throwing clubs at any time.
  • Step 5: Replace divots and pitch marks Replace divots and pitch marks as they occur.
  • Step 6: Avoid walking in opponent's line Avoid walking in your opponent’s putting line. Mark your ball with a marker or coin, and offer to attend the flag when you are on the green.
  • Step 7: Shake hands with players Show good sportsmanship by shaking hands with your opponents.
  • FACT: In 1860, the first British Open was held at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland.

You Will Need

  • A scorecard
  • A marker
  • A coin
  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect

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