ETIQUETTE; BEHAVIOR ON THE COURSE

Human nature, being what it is, sometimes people just donít see the world the same way. Playing a game that requires physical control while keeping exploding emotions in check is nothing short of an immense challenge. Whenever and wherever you play golf, you are obligated (whether you think so or not) to conform to a code of conduct. Golfers sometimes think because they paid a fee to play, they are entitled to behave as their emotions allow. Think about that! Where else in life can you just act any way your emotions guide you? Let me remind you (preach) of something that all parents try to teach children to become responsible adults- YOU alone are responsible for your actions. That is why the very first section in the Rules of Golf lays this out for all players-this section is titled: ETIQUETTE; BEHAVIOR ON THE COURSE.

This Section provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. If they are followed, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game. The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.

The Spirit of the Game
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules.
All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.

Safety
Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.
Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.
Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such situations is "fore."

Consideration for Other Players
No Disturbance or Distraction
Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.
Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play.
Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.

On the Putting Green
On the putting green, players should not stand on another player's line of putt or, when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt.
Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.

This is just a portion of the Etiquette section. Please try to read all of it- It doesnít matter if youíre just learning golf or have played all your life- Etiquette while playing is a reminder we all could benefit from.

DEREK DUESLER