Golf Etiquette – Part 2 – This is the bane of most golfers, golfers have come out for a nice relaxing round of golf and get held up by the group ahead who think they are playing for the US Masters – the culprits and they know who they are – seem to take double figures to get to the green and then proceed to plumb line a putt, stalk a putt, attempt to read a putt and then proceed to four putt a putt – AAAARRRRGGGHHH – either stay off the course or have a lesson to at least have the capability to get around the golf course, we have some very high handicappers at my golf club and they seem to know when they have had over their quota they will pick up, unless it’s a medal round but then that’s only once a month so you have to allow for that one I am afraid. Where this is pretty common is public pay and play courses, they let any level of golfer on regardless because its all about revenue and turning over the cash! Perhaps golf courses should adapt something similar to skiing, stay on the nursery slopes until you have the skill or capability to manage your way around a golf course?
How many times have you been standing over a shot or a putt and some moron has to bellow at the top of their lungs about something – this might sound like fun to the morons who are having a song and dance on the adjacent fairway, but come on and learn some etiquette before you venture out on the golf course?
So when it comes down to letting other players play their shots have a bit of courtesy and stand still, shut up, no moving around in their line of sight, get off that mobile phone ( if you need to be on the mobile on a golf course you shouldn’t be on it you should be in the office ) and let your fellow players play their shots, its only fair isn’t it!
- Bunkers not being raked
How many times have you hit that perfect tee shot straight down the middle of the fairway, it has taken a really bad kick and ends up in a fairway or greenside bunker? That’s all fine you can deal with those unlucky breaks playing golf, but then you get to the bunker and some thoughtless golfer in front of you has decided to not rake the bunker after themselves, it looks like an elephant has been walking about in the sand and your ball is conveniently located in the bottom of an elephants foot print, brilliant – so going from seeing your great looking tee shot fly through the air, get a really bad kick and there you are staring down the barrel of a double bogey because someone else thinks they are the only players on the course – learn the rules of golf and learn the etiquette around the game and please please rake the bunkers after you have chopped and spluttered your way out of it, you might be on your way to a score in the high one hundreds but players behind you might be having the round of their lives and you have just inflicted your bad score on them too.
- Players who don’t repair their pitch marks on the green
It is a proven fact that a pitch mark repaired immediately will return to its natural state within 24 hours of the mark being repaired, ones that are left without being repaired can take weeks to restore the grass back to its original state – so if you want your golf course looking great and the greens rolling true then repair those marks – these are the players that get back to the 19th hole for a well earned beer and curse the greens because they are not looking great or rolling true, don’t blame the green staff for that problem, it’s the inconsiderate golfers who don’t do the correct house keeping on the greens. When you are lucky enough to play a members only course, just watch all the members do the right thing and not only repair their own pitch mark but also look around the green for others to repair – this doesn’t slow the game down, all of this can be done while other golfers are preparing themselves or lining up putts – so next time you are on the putting green have a scan around and repair some pitch marks then all golfers can enjoy great greens throughout the year!
- Players who don’t repair their divots
This is another pet hate of mine, it’s a bit like repairing a pitch mark, it doesn’t take a lot of time to replace that divot you have just dug up, go and find it and place it back down on the turf you have just extracted it from – not a tough one really or is that too much to ask for? The amount of times I have seen golfers take serious amounts of real estate with their shot, completely duff the shot, then proceed to take more lumps of turf going over what they did wrong in the first place! If you want to dig up lovely manicured fairways then I would suggest going home and doing the same to your own lawn and see how you like it.
To make matters worse its always my luck that my ball comes to rest in one of your craters, repair and replace your divots guys it isn’t too much to ask for is it?