Golf Etiquette For Greenhorns

24 July 2017
 Categories: Recreation & Sports, Blog


If you are just getting started in learning how to play golf, there is a lot more to learn than how to swing and how to put. There is more than just game rules. There are also etiquette and decorum rules which must always be observed on a golf course. The following summary of some of the most basic golf etiquette rules will improve your positive interactions with other golfers.

Golf Tee Times

Reserving your tee time spot is proper golf behavior. The ONLY time you can walk into a golf club house and ask to play is when there are no other expected golfers on the course. Dead times of the day for play are usually late morning or early afternoon, as doctors and lawyers usually play early in the mornings and late afternoons/early evenings. (Golf tee times in Markham vary widely based on location. Call ahead.)


Most golfers enjoy the game because it is a quiet game. It calms their nerves (for the most part!) and helps restore focus and concentration. If you are on a course, be quiet. You can talk while you are in a golf cart, but once on a green or fairway, silence is expected.

Warning Shot

If there are players ahead of you, always yell "Fore!" as you swing. This alerts the players just ahead that you have smacked a ball in their direction and they should be looking for it. Even though golf balls are small, they are very hard and can cause a lot of pain or a knot on the head.

Playing Through

If you are the type of golf player that may need more time lining up a shot, or learning how to line up a shot, you may want to observe the rule of "playing through." This is a golf etiquette rule that allows other golfers behind you to play through the hole you are on, and possibly the hole after that as well. These golfers know what they are doing and they want to continue their game with the least interruptions. As such, it is proper and polite golf behavior to let the quicker, more experienced golfers play through.

Likewise, when you have reached that point where you are fast and experienced with golf, slower golfers should let you play through. If they do not respond to your presence by offering to play through, you should politely ask to play through. They should take the hint and allow you to do so.