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Golf Etiquette and Courtesy on the Course

Consideration for other players

In the interest of all, players should play without delay.

No player should play until the players in front are out of range.

Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent the ball will not easily be found; they should not search for 5 minutes before doing so. They should not continue play until the players following them have passed and are out of range.

When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Behaviour on the course

No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.

The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow-competitor tees his/her ball.

Priority on the course

In the absence of special rules, two-ball matches should have precedence of and be entitled to pass any three- or four- ball match.

Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.

If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should allow the match following to pass.

Care of the course

Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over holes and footprints and place rakes laying flat back into bunker close to the edge on the left or right.

Restore Divots, repair ball marks and damage by spikes

Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced is replaced at once and pressed down, and that any damage to the putting green made by the ball is carefully repaired. Damage to the putting green by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on completion of the hole.

Care of greens

Players should ensure that, when putting down bags, or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green, and that neither they or their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it, in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green. Players should not damage the putting green by leaning on their putters, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

Golf buggies

Local notices regulating the movement of golf buggies should be strictly observed.

Practice swings

In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the tees, by repairing divots.