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Golf Tips for Playing at Golf Courses

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There is, perhaps, no game that personifies the gentleman’s sport as golf, which is unsupervised by a referee or umpire as many other popular sports. It is the individual golfer’s responsibility to behave accordingly, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship.”

Be Considerate

Don’t tee your ball until it’s your turn.

Don’t stand close or directly behind the ball or hole when someone is playing.

When someone is playing, don’t disturb them with a lot of movement, talking or unnecessary noise. Enjoy the beauty of a course like the Murray Downs Golf Club.

Do not stand on another player’s line of putt or while the other player is making a stroke. Be sure you do not cast a shadow over their line of putt.

Until other players in the group have holed out, other players need to remain on or near the putting green.

Score!

Check the score with the player concerned in a stroke play and record it.

Pace

Keep up with group in front; if they delay you, they should invite you to play through, no matter how many players are in the group.

Play at a good pace, period. And, be ready to play when your turn comes around.

Balls

To save time, if you’ve lost a ball, play a provisional ball.

Let the group behind you know you’re looking for your ball, and if you can’t find it, let them play through. Do not search then invite, and do not resume until the other group is out of range.

Greens

Fill and smooth holes and footprints and divots, damage from shoes, balls and clubs; if a rake is available for the purpose, use it.

Be Safe

Be aware of your surroundings and give warning to anyone nearby or ahead who might be affected or endangered by a stroke.

Wait for the players in front of you to be out of range.

Ensure that you check who is standing near you or in a position where they may be hit by the club or ball or stones, etc. when making a practice or actual swing.

Etiquette

Just mind your manners. You do not want to be disqualified.

Tips on Tipping

Veteran golfers know that gratuities are often expected – and that being a generous, or even just an appropriate — tipper can have benefits, especially if you are a frequent player on that course. Not all courses require tips, and there are courses that actually forbid it. Since there is a cultural component, be sure you call the resort or club ahead of time.

Expect to tip. If, however, you are loathe to, then find courses where there are no tips: most municipal courses and many daily-fee courses. Courses without a strict dress-code are also unlikely to require tipping.

However, you do not – do not – want to be that person who doesn’t tip, when you should.

As you would in a restaurant or at the salon – tip for the service you receive. That means if you get particularly good service, give a particularly good tip.

The green fee also influences your tipping. If your per-round fee is £100 or £25, you won’t tip the same.

It’s not unlike at a hotel, where some opt to self-park, rather than valet and circumvent the doorman and bellhops: cart jockeys greet golfers and take their bags. And yes, this means more tips.

Must Tip (on a course that requires them)

  • Bag-drop attendee
  • £2 to £3 per bag, or £5 if you expect assistance after the round
  • Cart-return staff
  • £2 for each or £5 if they clean your clubs

May Have to Tip

  • Valet Parking
  • £3
  • Starter
  • If you’re staying at a resort and the starter is checking tee times, a group of four should tip between £50 and £100.
  • Forecaddies
  • If you’re staying at a resort and the starter is checking tee times, a group of four should tip between £50 and £100.
  • Food & Drink
  • Tip at the clubhouse restaurant as you would at a regular restaurant, and if there is a jar, drop a buck in.
  • Beverage Cart
  • Typical tip is £1 on a £3 purchase.

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