How to Have Good Golf Etiquette

Golf is much more than a game. It’s a sport for gentlemen and ladies, as well as a social activity that can connect you to others and give you all kinds of networking opportunities. Golf is also a game of manners and etiquette. No matter how competitive you are, you’ll need to learn and put into practice good golf etiquette. Get started on perfecting your swing like a gentleman or lady with the tips here.

Learn the Rules as You Go

Golf has a lot of rules—and some are unwritten. You could probably learn the hard and fast rules fairly quickly if you wanted to, but the unwritten rules—the ones largely concerned with etiquette—will need to be learned as you go. Some of these rules are a bit comical, like the unwritten rule that says that new golf balls are attracted to bodies of water, but it’s ones like this that you’ll learn as you go.


Pay attention to the way that respectful, seasoned golfers carry themselves. How do they interact with others? What’s their body language like when they’re doing well and when they’re not? How do they communicate with their caddy? Watch and put into practice the way that respectful golfers carry themselves. 

Keep Calm and Play On

There’s an enormous amount of skill involved in golf—as well as a little bit of luck. People take years and years to learn the sport, so be patient with yourself if it doesn’t come as quickly as you’d like it to. Be a good sport and enjoy being out there. Don’t freak out when things don’t go your way. Don’t distract other players while they’re golfing. Be considerate of others, and don’t offer unsolicited advice A golfer trying to tell you how to improve your swing with your 3 wedge set might just make you want to throw that set of clubs right at them—but don’t. And don’t throw your golf clubs. It’s just bad etiquette.

Leave It Better Than You Found It

Be kind to the course and leave it better than you found it. Fix any divots—those little pieces of grass you cut out when swinging your club—you make or happen upon. If you hit your ball into a bunker and have to swing from there, clean it out afterwards. Don’t drive your golf cart like a madman. In all ways, respect the golf course and make it better than it was when you got there.

Dress Appropriately

Golf might be a sport, but that doesn’t mean you should dig out your basketball shorts and cutoff tee for a game of golf. There’s somewhat of a dress code when it comes to what you wear on the golf course, especially if you’re playing on a private course. It’s generally encouraged that golfers wear a collared shirt, a hat or sun visor, a pair of chino or khaki shorts or pants, and either golf cleats or some kind of tread-less shoe. T-shirts, sneakers, and jeans are generally discouraged. Dress the part and you’ll likely enjoy the game more.