Have you ever missed a tee time because you forgot? You know, life took over and you did not hit your tee time! I am trying to think if there ever was a time that I just forgot to go to the golf course. I don’t thinks so, but of course over 45+ years of playing golf it is entirely possible. Definitely not over the past 20 years, yet when I was younger……well, we will just move on.
For those who do not know, there is a hard fast etiquette to making a tee time or not. There are rules that everyone must follow; or at least if you want to golf in our group! I think they are fairly straight forward and consider them hard fast because waiting for someone on the first tee is never fun.
My guidelines (okay they are rules) were developed over years of waiting on the first tee for my playing partner. Rick and Blair follow these guidelines without worry and expect the same from me. So, here we go:
- If you cannot make it, call as soon as possible – even if it is days away;
- If you are going to be late, call and advise; this is so we can delay our tee time if possible;
- If you commit to play, it is engraved in stone. It only takes once or twice when a player does not show that they are off reliable list;
- We will wait until our allot time and if you are not there, you can catch us on the course;
- Arrive about 30 minutes before your tee time;
- Plan our golfing a week in advance and let us know your preferences to play;
- Lastly, have fun!
Okay, I might not be as rigid as I sound about the guidelines. The real issue is that if you cannot make your tee time; let your playing partners know. There is nothing worse that scrambling around wondering if someone is going to show.
Blair, Rick and I do have a steadfast guideline that we have adopted…..if you are not there at our designated time, we do not wait. It is not because we are being harsh, it is because we understand that if one of us does not show, something has come up.
The point about my diatribe is that it is only courteous to let your playing partners know if you can make it or not to your designated tee time. I think that by letting your friends (or even the course) know that you cannot make your designated tee time, it is best for everyone. It is only a good etiquette.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the list!