The golf course is not only a great place to get some exercise and talk to friends, and it is also increasingly becoming a common place for business meetings. If you are new to the game of golf, then you will need to make sure that you learn the rules of etiquette when you visit a golf course for business, or for pleasure.

Keeping up with the Pace

When you purchase golf club packages, you never know who is going to tee off before or after you. Because of this, you need to make sure that you keep a steady pace to your game, trying not to slow anybody down. As well as this, you also need to respect others and the time it takes them to take a shot. Make sure that you always remain silent when someone is taking their shot, and try not to be a distraction on the golf course, except for the clothes you are wearing! You should aim to not be the slowest player, and always keep your temper under control. If you have a group behind you playing at a much faster pace, let them play through so that you do not slow them down. Try not to be too loud and raucous, even when nobody in your group is taking a shot. Treat people with the respect that you would wish people treat you with, and you tend to find that it does get reciprocated.

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Respect the Golf Course

As well as respecting the people that you are playing with, you also need to respect the course that you are playing. Hundreds of hours go into maintaining a golf course, so you need to look after it as you play your round. Everybody takes divots out of the fairway from time to time but make sure that you repair the ground after you have taken your shot. When you have taken a shot from a bunker, make sure that you rake the bunker properly, leaving it in as good condition as when you found it. Place flags on the ground carefully and always make sure that you put them back correctly, and this also goes for the rakes in the bunker. If you are going to eat or drink during your round of golf, make sure that you use one of the litter bins provided. Alternatively you can keep your rubbish in your golf bag and dispose of it when you get back to the clubhouse. If you use an electric golf cart, then make sure that this is driven responsibly, and within the rules stated by the club.

Making the Game Enjoyable for Everyone

By acting respectfully on the golf course to both users, and the course itself, we can help to make the golfing experience enjoyable to everyone, new players and seasoned veterans alike. As well as following the main rules of etiquette, it is the little things that also help, such as dressing correctly, and also turning your cell phone off. Always be polite to everyone, whether they are a fellow player, or a member of staff, and don’t forget to smile as it is infectious! Golf is a great way to get out and meet new people, and it can be suitable for all of the family. Don’t let all of the rules and etiquette put you off, get out there and have fun, you can even bring the kids. You never know, you may have a budding Rory McIlroy!