Before you start a round of golf at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club Prestwick, Club de Bonmont or Westlake courses, you must be familiar with golf etiquette. Most golfers have heard the term “golf etiquette,” but even experienced golfers may not know all the rules. While the term etiquette typically refers to polite manners, in golf it can mean the difference between enjoying the game or having a slow round, leaving the course in good condition or damaging it for the next players, or, most importantly, staying safe or getting hurt. Your golf pro can give you the basics, and you can find a comprehensive list issued by the PGA (Professional Golf Association).
Be well aware of your surroundings on the practice tee and on the golf course. Never swing your club in an area where you may hit others, and stay away from golfers who are swinging their clubs. When you practice your swing, make sure to direct your club away from other golfers in case you hit a rock or debris that can strike another player. On the course, wait until the group in front of you moves out of range before you hit your ball. Of course, there may be times when you hit the shot of a lifetime and the ball goes further than you expected. In that case, shout “Fore!” to warn others.
Pace of Play
The problem of slow play is addressed in the by the USGA in their lighthearted “While We’re Young” campaign. In fact, the problem is easily remedied. Be ready to hit when it’s your turn, and consider the “ready play” rule rather than waiting for the player who is furthest from the hole. Limit your time spent looking for a lost ball, and refrain from “fishing” for balls in lakes. Another tip when two players share a cart is to drive to a convenient spot and have both players walk to their ball at the same time. The bottom line is to keep up with the pace of play of the group in front of you, and allow a faster group to play through if a space does open up ahead.
Golf cart etiquette is part of overall golf etiquette. Follow the rules posted in the cart and be especially careful at intersections and around the clubhouse. Adhere to signs indicating “no carts beyond this point” and arrows that point to the path. Golf carts should stay at least 30 yards away from the greens, and you should never drive near grassy mounds, bunkers or water hazards. Most courses do not allow carts on par-3 holes. Golfers should follow “90 degree” rules when they are in effect, and after a rain, you may see the “cart path only” rule to protect the turf.
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