The Etiquette section provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. If they are followed, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game.
The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
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Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.
Divots, Ball-Marks & Shoe Damage
Players should carefully repair any divot holes and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself).
On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.
Preventing Unnecessary Damage
Players and caddies should avoid causing damage to the course. For example:
Play at a Good Pace and Keep Up
You should always play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If the group loses a clear hole and delays the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, they should also invite the faster moving group to play through.
Be Ready to Play
You should be ready to play as soon as it is your turn to play. When on or near the putting green, leave your bags or carts just off the green on the way to the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, leave the putting green quickly.
If you think your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, play a provisional ball.
Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until the group coming through has passed and is out of range.
No Disturbance or DistractionYou should always show consideration for other players on the course and take care not to not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.
You should also ensure that any electronic devices taken onto the course don't distract other players.
Only tee your ball up when it's your turn to play and remember not to stand close to the ball, directly behind it, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to swing.
On the Putting Green
On the putting green, you should be careful not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is putting, cast a shadow over his line.And you should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.
In stroke play, if you're acting as a marker, on the way to the next tee you should, if necessary, check the score with the player concerned and record it.
The R&A announces results of pace of play survey and plans for industry forum
The R&A has announced the results of a pace of play survey, with an industry forum to discuss the findings planned for later in the year.
Monday 27 April 2015
Liang Wen Chong and The R and A Launch golf etiquette campaign in China
China’s number one golfer and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador, Liang Wen-Chong, has launched a national media campaign to help raise awareness of...
Friday 2 May 2014
The R&A’s Museum and Heritage Director, Angela Howe, examines the ethos that defines the game.
Tuesday 19 November 2013