1.) SILENCE PLEASE – Golf is a social game AND it is a game of concentrations. Your voice is both a distraction and an excuse if the person hitting does not hit a well shot.
2.) LEAVE THE COURSE LIKE YOU FOUND IT - (or in better condition): Fill your divots, fix your ball marks, rake your bunker, and, on the greens fix your ball marks. Blackstone/Black Bear has the Adopt A Hole. See below for list:
Holes will be divided by the member's last name.
Hole 1 = A Hole 2 = B Hole 3 = C Hole 4 = D Hole 5 = E&F Hole 6 = G
Hole 7 = H Hole 8 = I,J,&K Hole 9 = L Hole 10 = M Hole 11 = N&O Hole 12 = P
Hole 13 = Q&R Hole 14 = S Hole 15 = T Hole 16 = U&V Hole 17 = W Hole 18= X,Y,&Z
3.) WATCH YOUR SHADOW – while playing with someone make sure your shadow is not in their line of sight. Example would be on the putting green. You may be standing far enough away but your shadow maybe in their line to the putting green.
4.) GOOD SPORTMANSHIP – treat other players the way you would want to be treated. Quiet while everyone is hitting, not only while putting. Control your temper if you are having a bad game. Stop walking if you are next to someone who is about to hit their ball. Compliment and encourage players! Pick up a club or two when you are done on the putting green, tend the pin on the putting green. Not everyone on the course needs to know you had a bad shot. It would be great to know of that Hole in One, but remember, that scream of excitement, the cursing out loud can disrupt another player on another fairway close by!
5.) RETURN LOST ITEMS – found a golf club, electronic devices, glove, club head covers, give to the course Marshall or return it to the club house.
6.) MAINTAIN THAT GHIN – if you have a GHIN (pronounce gin) make sure you record all your golf games THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY! Don’t become a sandbagger.
7.) ACCURACY of YOUR SCORE – accuracy of counting your strokes is a constant complaint with a quick accusation of cheating. If you aren’t sure how many strokes you took ask your partner. If you get questioned, don’t get on the defensive, count those strokes with your opponent/partner. If you are having trouble, use a string with beads (some are exquisitely designed), count by remembering the clubs you use, or the strokes taken. I get tired close to the end of 18, so I ask someone because I cannot remember.
8.) PACE OF PLAY – can’t say enough about pace of play – Examples: if there is a group behind you who is a single and you are a foursome, let them play through. If you are having a bad game, and the group behind you is always waiting as well as the group in front, you have not seen for a few holes, let them play through or pick up and go to the next hole. ALWAYS try to keep up with the group in front of you!
9.) TIPPING – Please tip the caddie, the beverage cart, the bag boy. This is their job and if they do it well, tip them accordingly.
There are a lot more. If you can think of them, list them in response to this blog!