The importance of golf etiquette:
1. Safety of all golfers.
2. Keep up the pace of play
3. Maintain the quality of the golf course.
- Distractions: When a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke, no one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole.
- Ready Golf: In the interest of all players, play without delay. Be ready to play when it is your turn and keep pace with the group in front of you.
- Recording Scores: When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green. Mark your card on the next tee.
- Sand Bunkers and Rakes: Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints. Rakes belong outside the bunker near the edge.
- Divots and Ball Marks: A player should ensure that any divot hole made by her and any damage to the putting green made by a ball is carefully repaired.
- Flagsticks: Properly replace flagstick before leaving the putting green.
- Practice Swings Players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the teeing grounds.
- Golf Carts: Park on the side of the green nearest to the next tee.
- Warnings: If your ball appears headed toward another player or group, give a warning by yelling out "FORE".
- Putting Lines: Never walk through a player's putting line. Your footprints may alter the path of a player's putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around the player's ball.
- Rules: Know the rules of golf. Play with honesty and integrity.