Friday, July 23, 2021

Three Important Golf Etiquette Rules

Kristin Hetzer is a Palos Verdes, California-based finance executive who serves as principal at Royal Palms Capital, LLC. She holds designation as a Chartered Market Technician, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Investment Management Analyst. Outside of her professional pursuits, Kristin Hetzer enjoys playing golf.

While golf can be a fun recreational activity for individuals of all ages, beginner players should familiarize themselves with the rules of the game in order to exhibit proper etiquette. Here are three things to keep in mind:

1. Players are required to mark their balls with an identifying symbol on the first tee box. This is to avoid confusion with other players when searching for their balls on the course.

2. Avoid slow play. A typical round should be around 4 hours. To ensure this, try and plan shots when approaching the ball, and take no more than 45 seconds between selecting a club and making a shot.

3. Repair ball marks and divots. Balls can often leave indents in the course, and these should be fixed with a penknife, tee, or special two-pronged ball mark repair tool. It's also important to replace divots in the ground and rake the sand after shots out of the bunker.