7 Things to Avoid on the Golf Course – Golf Etiquette 101

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Before your next visit to Deer Creek Golf Club, refresh your memory and get to know common golf course etiquette one more time.

Don’t Show Up Late

Golf is a game that usually takes up a large portion of your day, and it requires booking and planning ahead of time. There is nothing worse than someone on your roster showing up late. It is the cardinal sin of golf course etiquette and the number one rule is: always be 10 minutes early, always.

Don’t Flip Out After Every Shot

Don’t throw your clubs, don’t curse if your shots are always off target, and don’t get too upset. Golf is a long game, and listening to a player curse after every single shot is as exhausting as being the player who is getting aggravated after every shot. Cool your jets Happy Gilmore and don’t let your frustration make others frustrated.

Don’t Step on Someone Else’s Line

Most would argue that stepping on someone’s line may not make a difference at all, and there have been people stepping all over the green all day and night so who cares? Whether you believe it or not, this is simply a matter of golf course etiquette and good manners. Do not step on the line between any player and the hole while on the green.

Don’t Hit the Ball into the Group Ahead of You

Not only does this violate golf course etiquette, but it can be dangerous. Regardless, don’t hit the ball into the space of the people in front of you; that kind of behavior is extremely rude and inconsiderate, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who agrees that it is okay to do.

Don’t Give Unwanted Golf Advice

Golfers are a proud people; some welcome advice, some hate it, and most land somewhere in between. You should know your golfing buddies and how they handle advice, but the rule of thumb is that unless they mention it or are looking for advice, don’t offer it. This golf etiquette tip is doubly important when playing with strangers. Especially if you are hitting the green for a business meeting, never mention their golf game or how it can be improved.

Don’t Play from the Championship Tee Box

You know your skill level, and unless you are averaging under 85 consistently or you compete professionally, don’t tee off from the championship boxes. All this does is delay the game for others and is seen as an attempt to look better than everyone else. 

Don’t Take Your Golf Game Too Seriously

All that being said, don’t take your golf game too seriously. Golf is meant to be fun. If you are looking for a career then go for it, take it seriously, but if you just want to have fun then this golf course etiquette tip should be the most important. If you are having fun you will continue to play, so don’t forget to crack a smile and joke, and enjoy the day.