Golf Etiquette( by Arnold Palmer)
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire.
The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players, care for the course and to abide by the Rules.
All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
Etiquette is an integral and inextricable part of the game, which has come to define golf's values worldwide.
It is a series of guidelines that exist to show other players, whether through divot repair or awareness of your shadow, a degree of fairness which you would expect to receive in return.
In terms of golf's environment, etiquette is about showing respect for the course on which you are playing and the work that has been put in to create it.
• The player who had the honour should be allowed to play before another player tees his ball. No one should move, talk, or stand directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
• The golf bag should never be placed on the teeing ground or on the green.
• Never play a shot until you are sure that no one will be in the area of your swing or the area in which your ball might possibly go. Should you hit a shot that appears to have any chance of striking someone, immediately yell "FORE" as loudly as possible. If someone yells "FORE," do not look in that direction but instead drop to your knees facing away from the sound, duck your head, and cover the back of your head with your hands.
• Be courteous and aware of greenkeepers working on the course. Watch for signals when to stop play or when to carry on playing.
• Never move ahead of a player who is about to play. When you have finished playing the hole, move away from the green to the next tee as quickly as possible. Never mark your scorecard on or next to the green.
• Players should play without undue delay. No group should fall one full hole behind the group ahead of it. If it should do so, it should step aside, motion the following group to play through, and not resume play until that group is safely out of range. No group can play faster than the slowest group ahead of it.
• When searching for a ball, as soon as it becomes obvious that it will not easily be found, signal the following group to play through.
• On the green, all ball marks should be immediately repaired using either a tee or a special ballmark repair tool.
• Care should be taken not to injure the green or the cup in removing, laying down, picking up, or replacing the flagstick. When removing a ball from the cup, stand as far from the hole as possible.
• After playing from a bunker, all marks left in the bunker should be carefully smoothed or raked. In Sunnmore, rakes should be used and replaced in the bunker.
• Through the green, all divot holes made by the player should be immediately repaired and trodden in..
• Golf cars should never be driven onto a tee or a green or onto the banks of either. Cars should not be driven on the fairways, drive in the cut rough and make 90 degree turns to the other side of the fairway as appropriate. Keep cars a minimum of 20 meters from the greens and approaches.
• Like motorized carts, pullcarts should not be pulled or taken near or between greenside bunkers and the green.
• Golf is a game of courtesy. Prior to teeing off, it is customary to shake the hand of your fellow competitor or opponent and wish him "good luck". After the round, the hand should be shaken again, and the player thanked for the game. If the player has played well, it is customary to congratulate him on his performance.