The Golf Merit Badge (requirement 2a.) has us taking a look at the three categories of golf etiquette. Whenever I think about golf, or have someone tell me about their golfing adventures, I always end up having a dancing gopher pop into my head with Kenny Loggins singing in the background… For you older Scouters, you know what I’m talking about. Here is the video clip to better explain.
In this same movie, Rodney Dangerfield’s character is a perfect example of what NOT to do.
Below is a summary of the rules and decisions in regards to the three categories of golf etiquette. The full description can be found on USGA’s page here.
Consideration for Other Players
Remember, a Scout is always courteous. When playing, show consideration to other player. Make sure to not have your electronic device cause any distractions on the course. If there is a group in front of you, don’t crowd them at the tee box or tee your ball before their play is completed. When putting, don’t stand in front of or on someone else’s line.
Pace of Play
Make sure to keep a good pace, especially if the pace is predetermined for you in a tournament. If your group is playing slow and the group behind you has caught up and is wanting to play through, invite them to do so. Be ready to play as soon as it is your turn.
Care of the Course
If your play involved a bunker, smooth out any holes or footprints within the sand. If a rake is available, use it. Take care of the green. Even if you did not create the divot, do your best to fill it in. Think of “Leave No Trace” principles with taking care of the course. Read and follow all signs and notices on the course. Some may involve restrictions of where you can drive your golf cart.