The Golden Rules Of Golf
Those of us who play and love the game of golf know there’s nothing like it. You go to the course with friends on a nice and clear day, and no matter what’s going on at home or school, business or personal life, there’s nothing better than a round of golf to get away. Golf as we know is a known as gentleman’s game. A little common courtesy to keep the golf course in good shape can go a long way toward allowing everyone to enjoy the trip to the links. When you go to a golf course, think of the Golden Rule as one of many golf tips and apply it to the course: Do unto others!
Keeping the game and course enjoyable for everyone is common courtesy in golf is a big part of the game that new and old players alike can learn or remember as small tips. My golf playing years extend back to school, where I played for four years on my high school team, including many games against other schools. I can say with conviction that the last thing one needs to affect your outcome negatively in the face of difficult courses and stiff competition is small peeves like balling in a divot, having to take a shot in sand that was forgotten to be raked, or putting through unfixed greens.
Allow me to recreate an often played out scenario. You’ve hit a great shot right down the middle of the fairway with your Nike golf club or your Cobra golf driver, absolutely certain that it’s your best possible shot, only to realize in horror that the ball has landed plum in a big divot in the grass. The possibility of hitting a good shot now has crumbled to dust. It’s easy to replace divots, yet one of the least done activities by golfers in keeping the course in good condition. You really don’t want your ball to land in a divot and ruin your shot.
Always remember that there are other golfers at the course. I often reflect on taking a divot in the grass after my shot on whether I’d enjoy taking a shot from where I just swung. To say I’d be irritated is an understatement. If the divot is pretty much intact, and which is probably a couple of feet away, if not closer, I pick it up and tap it back in with my foot. You don’t find people doing it, though it’s so simple to do this.
Sand is another important aspect. After taking a shot out of the bunker, I make it a point to rake the sand. It’s bad enough to hit a shot into the bunker; to find the sand all messed up just about takes the cake. Sand when not raked can even make the best golfers at sand shots falter. As usual, common courtesy goes a long way here. Though it’s a bit of a pain to find the rake the sand again, have some sympathy for your fellow golfer who’s had the misfortune of finding his/her ball in the bunker.
Littering is yet another problem for no one likes to play in a course that’s messed up. Not only do I throw trash, food wrappers, bottles etc in the garbage bin, I even pick up trash that doesn’t belong to me. This particularly applies to all of us is it’s quite effortless and something everyone can participate in. How would you feel if you had to take your shot on top of a plastic bag or with a can of soda blocking your shot?
Keeping the green in good shape is another one of my commandments. Avoid misshaping the greens by driving the golf cart on the greens and leaving track indentations. Be careful when you putt from the green in checking whether your ball made a dent on the green on landing. I use a putting tool or repair little dents with my putter. For even without dents and messed up tracks, putting can be tough enough.
I like to follow these things when out on the course; for I believe that it’s important to be courteous to other players by keeping the course in good shape. Remember the Golden Rule iia treat others the way you want to be treated. Applying this philosophy to the links is a good way in maintaining golf as a gentleman’s game.