Golf Etiquette on the Green

Golf etiquette is one of my core reasons for playing. I like the gentlemanly aspect of interacting with other players at a mature level. It brings civility to the game of kings, unmatched in the sporting world. Name another sport where the playing relationship is rooted in the core values of honesty, integrity and fair play. We monitor our own actions, call our own penalties, and conduct ourselves in such a way as to ensure everyone enjoys their round of golf. Etiquette, especially on the green, is a guiding principle.

Understanding etiquette is not as simple as it sounds. The PGA has outlined some etiquette guidelines that everyone should read. However, for most beginners, etiquette generally falls into the category of “You don’t know what you don’t know”! Etiquette has never been explained to them and as such, they do not understand that they are doing anything wrong. Below are a few pictures to help address this knowledge gap!

Flag in Sight Line

When placing the pin down, be aware of the ball location and do not place the pin in the sight line of a player.

Flag in Sight Line2

The pin was placed away from the player, but is still in the sight line. 

Cart in Sight Line

Avoid placing your clubs in the sight line of a player. 

Person in Sight Line

Avoid standing in the sight line of a player. If you want to watch as their ball rolls to the pin, stand-off to the side and move to a better viewing location after contact.

Shadows in Sight Line

Avoid having your shadow in the player’s sight line. This is a potential problem early in the morning or late in the evening.

Proper Location of Flag

This is a good example of the proper placement of the pin. Behind the player, out of their sight line to the hole.

These are just a few examples of golf etiquette on the green. As the weeks unfold, I will bring you more examples from the cheap seats of the do’s and don’ts that make each round of golf enjoyable!

If you have any etiquette examples or stories to share, please do not hold back!

Thanks to my friend Jean for helping with the photo shoot. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!



16 thoughts on “Golf Etiquette on the Green

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  2. One of my playing partners insists on having other players mark their balls on the green if they are closer to the hole than he is, regardless of their location or potential to interfere with his line. I contend this is unnecessary and only delays play (he is very slow and deliberate on every shot). I understand golf courtesy, but this seems to go beyond the call of duty.

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  3. How about placing the Pin behind a persons ball mark or back line, say 8 feet behind and laying it 90 degrees towards the hole? I ran into this issue with a player recently. Thanks


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  5. I love this! Etiquette is so important in golf and some (even at a college level) don’t get it. I also love golf because of the integrity and honesty that is needed in order to play.


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