Care of the Course - Preventing Unnecessary Damage

Here are the official R&A etiquette guidelines looking at caring for the golf course, keeping pace during your round and having a consideration for others. Take a look...

Ed Greenland's picture
Mon, 18 Nov 2013
Care of the Course - Preventing Unnecessary Damage


Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.
Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.

Next up, good pace of play...