The inspiration for this post comes from my buddy Matt over at Simple Vines (http://simplevines.com/) who is a golf fanatic in addition to a wine fanatic.
He went out for his first round of the season with his brother last week and had an interesting story to tell me which covered a plethora of golf etiquette violations.
The course paired them with two other randoms which is fairly standard for public golf. The first guy appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary.
The other guy walked up and Matt noticed he was wearing jeans. Not a good start.
First off, any respectable course should have encouraged him to change or he wouldn’t be allowed on the course. I’m not some sort of snob, that’s just how it is. When you play hockey you wear hockey equipment and a hockey jersey, not football equipment and a football jersey. Read more about my perspective on dress codes here.
When you play golf you wear golf clothes, not your pub clothes. That’s just how it is.
After he pulled the sticker off of his brand new driver and missed the ball 3 times he proceeded to go and drop further down the hole. Once they were on the green things got even worse.
His cell phone rang. Huge violation. Then he answered it. Even worse violation. Then he proceeded to talk on his phone while walking through Matt’s putting line. I can’t even put those series of violations into anything coherent. All I could do was cringe when he told me this story. Clearly he has not read my blog yet, which is also a huge violation.
I want to make it clear that being bad at golf isn’t bad etiquette, as long as you have enough awareness to keep up with play and have the knowledge to follow some very basic golf etiquette rules.
As I’ve said in previous posts (10 Mistakes Beginners Make), golf can be a difficult game to tackle when you’re a beginner. That’s why it’s important to get started in the game the right ways and don’t throw yourself into situations you’re not ready for.
If you’re the one encouraging a friend to get into golf, take them under your wing and teach them a bit about etiquette and get them comfortable with things before dragging them out for a round. Get them out to the range or encourage them to see an instructor (click HERE for advice on finding the right instructor for you) to get their golf career jump started.
They’ll have a lot more fun learning the game, and their playing partners will have a lot more fun too.