Tofino Golf: Golf Etiquette
by Keith "Gibby" Gibson, C.P.G.A Head Professional,
For the game of golf to be joyous, each player participates in accordance
with a code of decent and friendly conduct which includes safe and
fast play, proper care of the golf course, and basic courtesy. If you
are new to golf it may seem intimidating having to join a group so
here are a few things that can help you make friends on the course:
- Rake all bunkers. Replace all divots. Don't make divots
with practice swings.
- On greens, repair all ball marks. Repair spike marks on the
greens after finishing play. Be most careful on the greens, tread
lightly, don't damage the hole. In other words, leave the course
and particularly the greens in the condition in which you would like
to find them.
- Be careful when you swing a club, whether in practice (you
might hit someone nearby) or in play (you might also hit your ball
Therefore, don't play until the group in front is out
of the way.
- Don't move, talk, or stand close to or directly
a player making a stroke.
- Observe the rules including who has the honor.
- Play without delay! Slow play is a huge aggravation. Leave
the putting green as soon as all players in your group have holed
out – no
- Invite faster groups to play through.
- Don't step on the line of another player's putt.
- Replace the flagsticks carefully in an upright position.
Keith Gibby Gibson is a pro golfer, managing the
Long Beach Golf Course in Tofino. Visit their website at www.longbeachgolfcourse.com
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