GottaGoGolf’s June issue on rules, etiquette and manners lists eight good golf manners that will guarantee a return invite — after, of course, you reciprocate. Here are a few of them:
- Meet your fellow players before teeing off. Some golf course starters initiate introductions – it’s a good time to announce what tees you’ll each play from, state a preference for “ready golf” (playing when ready rather than waiting for a player who might be farther out to arrive at her ball), and tell your companions you’re new or terrible or have a hangover.
- Turn off the cell phone before teeing off, and get really quiet whenever another player is hitting nearby. If they aren’t extending the same courtesy, try taking a few practice swings, looking them into the eye, smiling, then taking a few more practice swings. They might learn something.
- Pay some attention to the whereabouts of the others’ shots. Nothing will put you deeper into their good graces than quickly finding their ball in the weeds. And when it’s your ball that’s lost, call off the search long before the cows come home.
- Be generous with the words “good shot.” A little more challenging: Remember to say “thank you” when someone compliments a shot you think was dreadful.
- Move around the course expeditiously. The label “slow player” translates to “Gee I accidentally deleted your number from my smartphone.
There are more, of course, but generally anyone who applies good social manners and skills will get this right. Anyone have an Emily Post app?