Golfer's Etiquette


The game of golf has a very intricate and specific set of rules and regulations. In golf, there is also a set of practices and guidelines designed to make golf safe and enjoyable. This set of practices and guidelines is called etiquette. When proper etiquette is observed, golf is a very safe and enjoyable game to play on any Myrtle Beach golf course.

One of the most important aspects of proper golf etiquette is the replacement of divots in the fairway. A divot is defined by the rules of golf as "the chunk of grass and earth displaced during a stroke." A divot is most often made with an iron or wedge and can be replaced by either physically replacing the divot in its original location or by filling the divot with sand. The latter is done when sand is provided, most often on Myrtle Beach golf courses where simply replacing the divot will not grow the grass back to its original state. The replacement of divots helps the fairway heal and maintain a uniform look throughout the many rounds played on it.

Similarly to the replacement of divots, the repair of ball marks on the greens is an important aspect of proper etiquette. When a ball strikes the green, it will often leave a round indentation in the green. These ball marks must be repaired, either by a divot repair tool or with a tee or similar object. The repair of these ball marks will assist in keeping the greens on the course smooth and rolling true.

Another common form of golf etiquette is the honors system. In sophisticated rounds of golf, the player who receives the best score on the previous hole is given the honor of teeing off first; this player therefore has "honors." The player who receives the next best score tees off next and so forth. This system of teeing off is called the honors system. However, in informal rounds of golf, players may play what is known as "ready golf," in which the player who is ready to play tees off first. This does not take the scores from any hole into account.

An important aspect of golf etiquette is the observation of players’ putting lines. Golfers should note other players’ putting lines and refrain from stepping in them. This eliminates the possibility of a footprint in the green changing the break of the putt. Golfers also should not stand ahead of or behind a golfer’s line of sight. A similar concern notes that golfers should not step within a one foot radius of the hole.

Last, but most definitely not least in the realm of golf etiquette, is slow play. Golfers are asked to keep up with the group ahead of them. If there is no group ahead of them, then they are asked to not let any group push them from behind. If a group does push from behind, however, and there is room, it is courteous and often required to let the group "play through," which simply means to allow the group to pass.

These are some important forms of proper golf etiquette that allow for a safer and more enjoyable round for all golfers. Practice them the next time you play EN Golf Club and see what a difference it makes in your experience.