Basic Golf Etiquette

Larry Soldinger, managing partner and founder of LJ Soldinger Associates, provides financial and accounting services to clients in a variety of industries and countries. A regular golf player, Larry Soldinger often plays rounds with his family and friends along with some of his business associates.

There are a few basic rules of etiquette that golfers follow to ensure everyone on the course has a good time. Arriving to the course roughly 20 minutes before your scheduled tee time is considered a courtesy because it ensures you are ready to start playing when your time comes up. Take the extra time to load your bag and complete small tasks like putting on sunscreen. Once you’ve started your round, remember to play quickly. When it’s not your turn, prepare yourself to play the hole and encourage your group members to follow suit if you find their pace is slow.

Given the difficulty of the game, it’s common for players of all skill levels to feel a bit of frustration. However, make sure your temper stays under control. Yelling curse words or sulking after a bad shot not only drags down the mood of your group, but also can distract and annoy other players on the course. Finding a less offensive way of venting frustration is often the best solution. Similarly, there is no need for you to continue apologizing for bad swings if you are having an off day. Most golfers have experienced the same at one point, and apologizing ad nauseam only takes up time and can distract from the enjoyment of the game as a whole.

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