Uniqueness of golf is that it is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. Thus, the game relies on the integrity of an individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. Above all, all players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
The main principle in golf is that players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise. Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play. In addition, players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
It is important to adhere to safety rules on the course. Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, etc. Players should not play until the players and staff in front are out of range. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning: “fore”.
Players should play at a good pace – to keep up with the group in front. If your group loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.
One of the most important tasks of a player is care of a course. Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them. A rake should be used for this purpose. When playing on green, players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball or shoes.
Compliance with these simple recommendations will make a play more pleasant for all the participants. At the same time, you are guaranteed to get a maximum pleasure of the play.