Do's and Don'ts for Golf Spectators - dummies

Do’s and Don’ts for Golf Spectators

By John Steinbreder

Part of Golf Rules & Etiquette For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Golf etiquette isn’t limited to just players. If you’re attending a golf tournament (professional or amateur), be aware that fans are expected to behave in certain ways so they don’t disturb the players or other spectators.

You’ll never go wrong if you adhere to these simple golf etiquette standards:


  • Be quiet when play is going on.

  • Keep your movements to a minimum when players are about to hit.

  • Wait for all players to putt out before leaving the green area for the next tee.

  • Follow the etiquette guidelines set down by the club and association hosting the event.

  • Cheer a good shot, but only in an appropriate and moderate fashion.

  • Wear sneakers or spikeless golf shoes on the course, to help with wear and tear.


  • Run around a golf course while a tournament is being played.

  • Talk on a cell phone.

  • Take pictures during competition rounds. Always check with tournament organizers to see what the rules are.

  • Ask for autographs from golfers who are still out on the course playing.

  • Holler “You da man!” after a player has hit a shot.

  • Applaud or otherwise ridicule a bad shot by one of the players.