Golf Etiquette 101 – Part 3: The Course

boca grove golf holeThis is the third of a three-part series on golf etiquette by Duke Trombetti, PGA Apprentice at Boca Grove. Click to read Part 1: Spirit of the Game and Part 2: Pace of Play

Priority on the Course:
Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play.

Care of the Course:
Bunkers
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.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks & Damage by Shoes
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 the flag stick.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flag stick 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.

The flag stick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.

Local notices regulating the movement of golf cars should be strictly observed.

If players follow the guidelines in this blog, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone.