- Play ready golf – each player plays their ball when the player is ‘ready’ for their next shot rather than wait for the player who is further away to play first.
- Be on the tee box with your club, golf ball/tee and ready to hit. Watch each other’s ball off the tee; this will help on courses where the grass is long.
- Think ahead. On your way to your ball, look for distance markers so by the time you get to your ball, you’ll have your club selection.
- If you’re sharing a cart, drop the first player off at their ball, drive on ahead to the second ball. The first player should walk over to the cart as the second player is playing their shot.
- When using a cart on a cart-path-only day, be sure to take a couple of clubs with you when you walk from the cart to the ball. This way, you won’t have to return to the cart if you discover you didn’t bring the appropriate club.
- Never hold up play because you’re in the middle of a conversation. Put the conversation on hold, take your stroke, then continue the conversation.
- Leave your bag or golf cart to the side of the green, and in the direction of the next tee, never in front of the green.
Read the green while others are putting but be ready when it’s your turn to putt. If you’ve left a putt short, consider putting out instead of marking.
- Get off the green when all putts have been holed. Do not ‘try the putt again’ or stop to chat while putting your club in the bag. If the group behind you is waiting on you to leave the green, take your club into the golf cart and do everything you need to do at the next tee box.
- Mark the scores on the scorecards at the tee box (not while at the green)
In the last year we have worked with the golf course marshalls to keep play moving. Course marshalls can give one verbal warning and then the second time around ask your group to pick-up and proceed to the next hole. They will also let us know the names of the players in the group. When we receive feedback about specific members who play slow, we will address this with them. If you are in a group with slow players, we rely on you to keep play moving. Your group should keep up with the group ahead of you.
Many golf courses have dress codes. Find out what the dress code is at the course you’re playing and dress appropriately.
When you’re on the greens or the teeing ground think library. (Quiet!) Don’t talk when another golfer is preparing to hit. Keep your voice down during play, since fairways are often close to each other. And absolutely no cell phones or beepers!
Once a player has teed the ball and is preparing to address it to take his/her shot, you should avoid moving your cart, handling your clubs, etc.
When a player hits his/her tee shot, your task is to help watch the ball flight until it lands and stops moving.
Always repair your ballmarks (also called pitch marks) on the green. Ballmarks are indentations sometimes made in the putting green when a ball thumps to the surface.
Always repair your divots in the fairway. Divots are the scrapes or chunks of turf sliced off (or dug up) by iron shots. Repairing a divot might mean picking up the sod that you’ve chopped up and placing it back in the resulting scrape; or it could mean pouring sand or seed into the spot of the divot. If sand or seed are provided by the course (usually in a container that rides on the golf cart), that’s what they want you to do.
Always rake sand bunkers after you’ve hit your shot to smooth out the sand so that ensuing golfers don’t have to play out of your footprints. (And by the way, another basic rule to know is that, when in a bunker, you are not allowed to ground the club; that is, your club must not touch the sand except in the process of making the stroke.)
Remove and replace the Flagstick carefully so not to damage the edge of the cup.