Courteous golf

Howard At Play

July 09, 2000

Golf not only has rules of play. Being a social game, it has routines of etiquette. Here are some pointers:

Stand aside: No one should move, talk, stand close to, or directly behind, the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.

Hold back: Do not hit a shot until players in front are out of range. Yelling "fore" never substitutes for endangering another player with a hit ball.

Give way: When looking for a lost ball, allow the group behind you to play through. Stand aside until they're out of hitting range before you resume play.

Walk slowly: On the green, step around or over, never on the likely "line" of another player's putt.

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