Grasping all the relevant do's and don'ts of golf takes time. So you're comfortable on any golf course and with any player, use this list as a good start for the rules of golf etiquette.


  • Play at a reasonable pace.

  • Repair ball marks, replace divots, and rake bunkers.

  • Pay attention to the rules as they are laid out and administered by the R&A and the USGA.

  • Have the player who is farthest away from the pin hit first on each shot.

  • Let the winner of the previous hole tee off first at the next tee.

  • Take a caddie whenever possible.

  • Turn in every score for handicap purposes.

  • Respect the rules and regulations of the course you are playing.


  • Move or talk while someone in your group is hitting the ball (or about to hit).

  • Ask your opponent what club he hit.

  • Walk across the line of another player's putt on the green.

  • Hit your shots until the group in front of you is well out of range.

  • Ever play when lightning is in the area.

  • Be like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack. (Whenever you go out to play, remember that understated is best.)

  • Hold up other players.