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The entire handbook can
be reduced to three rules.
The rules of golf apply equally to the game whether it is played on rough or fancy courses. The etiquette of golf predates designer clothes. It is not absent if you drink beer from a can instead of martinis from a glass, or wear farm caps instead of tam-o'-shanters of Shetland wool with a sports logo on the front. Etiquette defined is the form, manner and ceremony established by convention as acceptable or required in society. Unfortunately, golf etiquette seems to be a dying art. Just as bad as infractions to the rules which abound on any course, on any day, is the rudeness of the players who either don't know or don't care about the niceties of the game.
Bruce's hapless wife became personally acquainted with "don't speak to a player while he is in the midst of his back swing." All she said was, "Hey, Bruce," in the middle of his shot. Until then she did not know that such a little thing can really upset a guy.
Play it Where it Lies
Jim Griggs sent us the "play it where it lies" photo. Admittedly, it's a bit extreme but there's no denying that it illustrates one of the cardinal rules of golf.
We take the rules seriously in Wyoming and when it says "play it where it lies" we do just that! At the end of a hard week of leading the photo workshop at the “University of the Wilderness” we always break out the “Black Jack” (Daniels) and have a go at the golf ball with the clubs that were a part of the owner of the lodge. Always a bit of fun. After passing the bottle around several times we convinced the only real climber in the group to pose for us dangling off the cliff with a 3 wood and an old yellow ball jammed into the cracks in the rock face. - Jim Griggs, www.selective-focus.com
The Golf Muse
The whimsical nature of the Golf Muse is well known. Your swing may be fine one day and faulty the next. Or worse, great at the first tee and hopeless by the fifth tee. You have to realize, this is the nature of the game and it shouldn't change you into a raving lunatic or moron out there on the course. While some golf etiquette faults are simply caused by not knowing the rules (easily remedied by educating yourself about the game) others are the result of anger on the links. Don't get mad. Get smart. Read what others have to say about golf etiquette and help improve the game wherever it's played.
What happens when municipal course management tries to speed play? Craig Smith, Seattle Times staff reporter tells the story in "Slow municipal-course players now must pick up the pace."
We recommend a visit to the Mr. Golf Primer for a complete rundown on etiquette basics.