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.

Put simply, 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. It’s about making sure that the game is played safely and that others on the course are able to enjoy the round as much as you.

In short: it’s about showing consideration to all others on the course at all times.

Explore the etiquette section and let two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington take you through one of golf’s most important characteristics.

Care of the Course

A great deal of time and effort goes into the preparation of a golf course so it's important to play your part by raking bunkers and repairing your divots or pitch-marks. Click through to watch Padraig Harrington explain 'Care of the Course'.

Keeping Pace

Golf is not a game that needs to be played at a slow pace. Let Padraig Harrington explain how just a few simple guidelines can lead to quicker play and, consequently, a more enjoyable round for all.

Consideration for Others

It's important to show respect for all others on the course whether they are your playing partners, your opponents, greenkeeping staff or members of the public out enjoying a walk. Here, Padraig Harrington takes us through the basics.