Unlike many sports, 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.
Some basic rules of Etiquette include:
Pace of Play: Players should play at a good pace. A good pace of play is 2 hours and 5 minutes for 9 holes and 4 hours and 10 minutes for 18 holes.
How do you keep up Pace of Play? Play Ready Golf - Have your club selected and ready; Keep up with the group in front of you; Watch your fellow players shots and help them find their ball; Take only one practice swing; Limit searching for balls to 5 minutes; Play a provisional ball if you think the original ball might be lost; Walk briskly and directly to your ball; Leave your cell phone off or in the locker room.
January 1st of 2019 the Rules of Golf will be changing: CLICK HERE TO WATCH the video provided by the USGA
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