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Basic rules & etiquette


  • Arrive at the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Introduce yourself to your fellow golfers and wish everybody a good game. Show the other players which ball you’re playing and its markings.
  • Do not disturb other players. Keep ample distance while other players prepare for tee-off. Avoid talking and any unnecessary noise or movement that will distract or disturb other players.
  • If your ball hits an area that you cannot see properly, call “FORE!” to warn other players.
  • Do not walk or stand on another player’s putting line, do not cast your shadow on another player’s putting line or setup area.
  • Show interest in your fellow players’ game and wait at the green until the last player has holed out. The first player who has sunk their putt picks up the flagstick and replaces it after all players have holed out.
  • Make your club selection before it is your turn to play. If you take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play. Avoid numerous practice swings before teeing off, that’s what the driving range is for.
  • If you cannot keep up with the group in front of you, ask your fellow players to play faster. If you notice that the group behind you plays faster, intvite them to play through.
  • If you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds, save time by playing a provisional ball.
  • Leave your golf bag on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee.
  • Replace and fill in divots.
  • Choose the shortest way to your ball when you hit a bunker. After playing your ball rake the bunker.
  • Repair pitch marks immediately. A pitchmark repaired within 5 minutes is invisible within 24 hours. If you wait 10 minutes to fix the pitch mark it takes up to 2 weeks to heal. Every golfer must carry a pitch fork in order to repair their pitch marks.
  • Remove the flagstick and place it carefully on the green. After sinking the ball into the cup remove it promptly by hand, do not use a club as it can damage the rim.
  • When the round ends, extend a warm handshake to your fellow players as it ends the game on a positive note, no matter if your round was good or not so good.