- 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