There’s something about getting out on the course that just can’t be explained, especially to non-golfers who just don’t get it. You escape the real world for a few hours along with all of the usual stress and worries, and nothing else matters but the beautiful scenery and the personal challenge of trying to beat your last score.
With that said, that blissful experience can be destroyed by other inconsiderate golfers or worse, you being inconsiderate of their outing. We’ve assembled the top 5 no-no’s to make sure you are not that guy or girl that ruins someone’s day.
- Turn off the cell phone. Everyone is there to escape reality, not to hear your phone ring or have to wait idly by while you carry on a conversation. If you absolutely must be available, turn it to silent and don’t let it delay your game, thus delaying others with you or behind you.
- Respect other golfer’s time. If you hit an errant shot, don’t spend more than 5 minutes trying to find your ball. If you’ve had a disastrous hole and you’re on your 7th shot, it’s time to call it a wash and move on. If there is a group behind you that is much better and faster than you, just own it and let them play through. You’ll have less stress and be able to enjoy the game much more without worrying about them being right behind you.
- Try to leave the course like you found it. Fill in your divots, rake your footprints in the sand traps, and keep the cart either on or as close to the cart path as possible to prevent damaging the fairways and greens. It should go without saying that you never drive your cart near or on the putting greens.
- Watch Your Temper. As entertaining as an angry golfer that throws his club after a terrible shot is to watch, it gets old after the first time. The truth is, you’re not playing The Masters and probably never will. There’s not much if anything on the line so just play the game and enjoy it, or take some anger management classes.
- Last but not least, don’t try to be the pro instructor. You may see what someone else is doing terribly wrong, but the honest truth is that most people don’t want the constant correcting. They are there to enjoy the day and will probably interpret your well intended tips to be a sign that they are not worthy of playing in your group. If they ask, then by all means, fire away. But if they don’t, just let them do their thing.