Hi! It’s been quiet around here, hasn’t it. It’s been nice taking a break from captaining and golf responsibilities. I’ve been using my extra free time constructively to expand my work options, including by taking a course on design. I’ve loved it and as a practice, I’ve put together an infographic for the women’s section. We’ll be using it in the new year, when we have workshops to help our new members learn about various golf-related things. One of them will be etiquette.
The more I play, the more I realise how important golf etiquette is. This is how the R&A defines it:
Etiquette is an integral part of the game, defining golf’s core values. It describes the manner in which the game of golf should be played to ensure all players gain maximum enjoyment.
In short, it’s about “respect”:
- Respect for the course – leave the course as you would like to find it by repairing pitch-marks, replacing divots and raking bunkers
- Respect for your fellow players – be sportsmanlike and polite, stay by the green to watch them hole out, and avoid distracting them
- Respect for the game – by knowing the Rules and etiquette of golf
In a sport where you share the playing ground with various other people, a common set of accepted behaviours can make the difference between having the best fun ever and experiencing a world of frustration. That is what golf etiquette is. I put together the main pointers I think any golfer, new or old, should keep in mind to make everyone enjoys their round. Let me know what you think!