Golf Etiquette Basics - dummies

By John Steinbreder

Part of Golf Rules & Etiquette For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.