The best golfers respect their fellow playersand the rules of the game.
- Stay behind those in your group who are hitting.
- Be sure the group is safely out of range before hitting.
- Don't take practice swings in the direction of others.
Maintain a good pace of play.
Be ready when it is your turn. Take one practice swing, then hit the ball. Move off the green when play is over.
When looking for a lost ball, let others play through.
Keep an eye on every shot played by your group.
Pick up and start again on the next hole if you're a new player taking too long.
Repair what you have disturbed.
Replace divots, repair ball marks on the greens, rake bunkers. Don't make spike marks on the green.
Don't litter. Keep all carts away from the green.
Be respectful of others.
Leave your cellphone in the car. Be quiet on the tees, in the fairways, and on the greens.
Be invisible (including your shadow) when someone is hitting.
Step around the path of other players' putts.
Let faster groups play through. If there is no room to move ahead, don't request to play through.
Know your game.
- Understand the rules, and play with reasonable expectations. Take lessons.
- Learn how far you can hit each club.
- Control your game — and your temper.
Respect the game.
- Learn about the game.
- You are a part of tradition. Play like it.
Jim Corbett, aka Mr. Golf Etiquette, is based in Seattle. Check out his Web site at www.mrgolf.com.