Golf Etiquette at West Grand
The Gentleman's Game
Golfers pride themselves on the etiquette that is displayed on the course, earning it the label "the gentleman's game." It can be hard for some golfers to turn a trip to the driving range into something more than just an opportunity to smack a bucket full of balls into an open field. Turning your driving range time into quality practice time takes dedication and focus, but in the end, it can help you improve your game and lower your score on the course.
To be successful in a game as difficult as golf, you need to practice. Very few people can head out for a round and post a good score without working on their games beforehand. Practicing at a driving range is a perfect way to get better, but there are some things to remember. You still need to follow the rules and be courteous of the facility and others joining you on the range.
Putting Green Etiquette
- Always treat our putting green with respect.
- Leave it in better condition than you found it.
- Do not run on the green.
- Do not drag your feet.
- Remove and replace the flag stick carefully.
- Do not walk near the edge of the cup.
- Repair ball marks and any damage to the green.
- Please be courteous of other players, the same you might expect.
At West Grand we offer putting greens and short-game areas for people wanting to work on chipping and putting. Treat these areas as you would a green on the golf course. In doing so, you ensure the next person to use the greens will have the same experience as yourself.
Driving Range Safety
- Players are to hit between the white boards
- Do not hit in front of the white boards
- Only hit balls out towards the main collection area.
- Do not retrieve golf balls in front of the white boards
- BE CAREFUL before making a stroke or practice swing and be sure not to hit someone with your club!
- All children age twelve (12) and under must be accompanied by an adult
Remember that you are sharing the range with others. Keep the noise down so you do not disrupt them. One of the biggest things to remember is to keep your cell phone turned off or set to vibrate. If you need to take a call, do so away from the range. Avoid sudden movements in the direction of a player about to swing. Hitting a golf ball takes concentration so try to not distract others.
Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. Always be mindful of your surroundings when swinging a club, it is as simple as that.
The Next Generation
Although you should introduce kids to golf with the goal of having fun in the sport, impart the necessary etiquette rules on them from a young age. Don't smother kids with rule after rule, but gently remind them of how the game must be played to respect the course and other players. Coming on too strongly can push kids away from the game, but being too lax isn't viable, either.
No Man's Land
Never retrieve that mis-hit ball lying seductively just a few feet in front of you- as you run the risk of being hit by another person's practice shot. The unbroken tees out there are not worth your getting hit over the head with someone else's mis-hit either.