Golf Etiquette for Kids

By Kim Kleinle

Learning how to act on the golf course should be the first lesson a child learns, even before learning how to hold the club. The sportsmanship, courtesy and integrity that the junior golfer learns are lifelong skills that he can use both on and off the course.

Significance

The United States Golf Association considers sportsmanship so important that it has dedicated the first section of the Rules of Golf to etiquette.

Definition

Etiquette might be a big word for the youngest of junior golfers, but the meaning is simple: acting properly and respecting your playing partners and the golf course.

Safety

Players should make sure no one is standing nearby or in front when swinging a club or hitting a ball.

Respect the Course

Rake bunkers, replace divots, repair ball marks on the green, don't take practice swings on the tee box, and keep golf bags and pull carts off the putting greens and tee boxes.

Respect Other Golfers

Stand where you won't distract other players, never move ahead until everyone has hit, and don't talk when other players are hitting.

Good Behavior

Always act like a lady or gentleman; don't shout or run on the golf course.

About The Author

Kim Kleinle is a PGA/LPGA professional and a member of a select group certified in instruction by the Professional Golfers' Association. She began writing in 1980 after earning her degree. Her work has appeared online, in "Northeast Golfer" and in newspapers, including the "Scranton Times." Kleinle holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

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