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Golf Etiquette For Junior Golfers

February 17, 2015

Teaching Young Golfers The Right Way to Play

One of the great things about golf is that it helps kids learn about honor and etiquette. They are the basis of our game, reflected in the nine core values of The Golf Etiquette For Junior GolfersFirst Tee, the program created by the PGA of America and other leading golf organizations to support junior golf. And etiquette is such an important part of the sport that it actually comes first in the Rules of Golf. As we all try to get more kids involved in the game, what resources are available to help parents, coaches and instructors teach kids these important traditions?

Online Help

The primary golf organizations all have etiquette pages online. The USGA offers Etiquette 101, the PGA has a more detailed Golf Etiquette page, and the R&A has a series of excellent videos by Padraig Harrington (and others) that discuss care of the course, keeping pace, and consideration for others.

Listen to Arnie

Some younger players may consider these etiquette rules to be old-fashioned, but this Golf Digest article by the King himself, “10 Rules for Good Golf Etiquette,” discusses topics like mobile phones and profanity in ways that are accommodating to changing tastes, while still retaining the overall traditions that make the game so great. Golfers of all ages can learn a great deal by listening to Mr. Palmer’s advice in this well-written piece:

  1. Don’t be the slowest player.
  2. Keep your temper under control.
  3. Respect other people’s time.
  4. Repair the ground you play on.
  5. Be a silent partner.
  6. Make your golf cart ‘invisible.’
  7. Always look your best.
  8. Turn off the cell phone.
  9. Lend a hand when you can.
  10. Learn the little things.

High School Rules

The Minnesota State High School League has more traditional etiquette guidelines for its tournaments:

  • Place all litter in trash containers.
  • Clean spikes before entering the club house.
  • Repair ball marks on greens.
  • Replace all divots.
  • Rake traps thoroughly.

If a young player reaches this level of competition, learning proper etiquette isn’t optional: Rule 33-7 may lead to disqualification (“If a Committee considers that a player is guilty of a serious breach of etiquette, it may impose a penalty of disqualification under this Rule.”).

The primary goal when getting kids started in the sport should always be to have fun, but teaching these etiquette guidelines early helps the spirit of the game live on. As the R&A summarizes, it’s about showing consideration to all others on the course at all times.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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