It was a wonderful weekend for a spot of golf with the chaps, the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze in the air and we were long over due a good sporting competition. It was time to sort the men from the boys, the amateurs from the Tiger Woods’ amongst us.
The day started out with plenty of laughs and good-natured humour, joking about one another’s choice of clubs and caddies. However, with the chaps being competitive sorts our light-hearted game quickly escalated into an all out war on the golfing green.
Having the lowest handicap of the group, I knew that I’d have to fend off some tough competition being the primary target. I kept my place, remaining below par through the early stages of the game and feeling quite pleased with myself.
That was until they resorted to cheating, deliberately talking as I was trying to take my shot and walking across my line.
With the Ryder Cup approaching I have complied this basic list of golf etiquette tips.
– Don’t move or talk whilst somebody in your group is about to take their hit.
– Don’t walk in front of another golfers line as he is hitting the ball.
– Don’t take your shot if there are still other players within range.
– Repair any ball marks, rake the bunkers and replace divots.
– Always be respectful of the rules and regulations of the gold course that you are playing on.
– And a golden rule for golf spectators and players- never talk on a mobile phone!
Finally, if one of your friends is a particularly bad player with a particularly bad temper try not to make jokes about his putts being afraid of the dark. It could result in broken golf clubs…