Golf Etiquette

Anxiety Reduction Notes for any golf Tournament

(For those new to the game)

 We thank you sincerely for participating in our Charity Tournament for ALS, and we hope this info will help if you are new to the game.

You must have:

  • Golf clubs
  • Golf bag
  • Golf balls (If you’ve never played, bring at least 18 balls)
  • Golf tees
  • Golf bags and clubs cannot be shared.
  • Golf clubs / bag can be rented from the clubhouse.  
  • Balls and tees can be purchased from the clubhouse
  1. If you’ve never played, it would be good to go to a driving range, rent a bucket of balls, and hit a few balls with each club.  You might take a golfing friend along to help you with a few of the basics.
  2. Golf shoes are not required but are nice to have.  If you don’t have them use your running or tennis shoes…do not plan on playing in street shoes.  You MUST have a collared shirt and no flip flops, or the Course management will not let you play.
  3. Playing time on most courses is normally 4 – 4.5 hours.  See “pace of play” on the attached rules.  This playing time does not allow for “on-course” help and tutoring.
  4. Golf carts are not allowed on the greens or to be parked/driven close to the edge of the green.  Be sure to keep your cart on the cart path when at the green area.
  5. Do not talk while a member of your foursome is about to hit the ball.
  6. Do not talk loudly or yell when near a green or tee box…..We all know, however, that sometimes it can’t be helped if you make a spectacular shot.
  7. Please see the “lost ball search” rules on the attached Rules of Etiquette.



(Animated videos of these rules can be seen at


The Spirit of the Game

Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.

This is the spirit of the game of golf.


Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.
Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.
Players should always alert greens staff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is “fore.”

Consideration for other Players

No Disturbance or Distraction
Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise.

Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play.
Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.


On the Putting Green
On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt.

Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.

Pace of Play

Play at Good Pace and Keep Up
Players should play at a good pace.
It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.

Be Ready to Play
Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.
Lost Ball
If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball.

Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found.

They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.

Care of the Course

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage
Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.
Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.

Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.
The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.
Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.