Golfing Etiquette

Unlike most sports, golf is primarily played without use of a ‘umpire’ or ‘referee. Because of this there are rules and guidelines in place to secure the integrity of the game. Every player is expected to abide by these rules and conduct themselves in a disciplined manner but demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship to others. While being competitive is part of the game, it is also imperative to respect other players as well respect the course.


Those in play should be sure no one is standing close or in a position where they could be harmed by a club, ball, or any obstructions during a stroke or practice swing.

Players should make sure others in front are out of range.

Players should always be alert of others nearby or ahead when they are making a stoke.

If a player’s ball heads in a direction where it becomes a danger of hitting someone, the player should immediately shout a warning, traditionally ‘fore!’


Players should always show consideration for others. While on the course they should not disrupt others in play by movement or unnecessary noise.

Electronic devices taken onto the course should not be a distraction to others, phones should either be silent or on vibrate.

Players should not be near or directly behind a ball, or directly behind the hole when a player is about to play.

On the Green

Players should not stand on another player’s line of putt when they are making a stroke.

Players should move so that they are not casting a shadow over the player’s line of putt.

Players should remain on or close to the green until all other players have finished.


The player acting as the marker should check the score when asked on the way to the next tee.

Pace of Play

Players should maintain a good pace. Committee’s may establish a specific pace for players to follow.

It is the responsibility of the group to keep up with the next. If one group id delaying the group behind, it is courteous to offer them to play through.


Players should be ready as soon as it’s there turn.

When playing on or near the putting green, players should leave their bags or carts in a place that will allow for quick leave to the next green.

Lost Ball

If a player’s ball is lost by out of bounds or water hazard, the player should play using a provisional ball to save time.

Players in search for a missing ball should let other groups behind to play through if the search takes too long.


Priority on a course is often determined by a groups pace of play.

Groups that are playing a whole round is allowed to pass another group if they are playing a short round.

Course Care

Bunkers should be filled up and smoothed over to remove any holes or footprints after use.

Players should repair any divot holes made from stokes or ball impact.

Damage caused by golf shoes on greens should also be repaired.

Preventing Damage

Players should avoid causing damage to the course as much as possible.

Players should make sure not to damage the green when putting down flags or equipment.

Players should avoid leaning on clubs are dropping clubs harshly.

Always comply with any golf cart procedures.


If a player is continuously ignoring guidelines either during a single round or over a period of time, appropriate action can incur against the offending player. These actions include prohibiting use of the course for a limited time, or even ban from the course.

The Committee is also given the option to disqualify players under Rule 33-7.