The basics of golf course etiquette

We’re looking forward to having you join us at Kingswell Glen so you can experience our course (and town!) with all its history and charm.

Kingswell Glen Golf Club prides itself in being an opening and inviting place for everyone — whether this is your first round of golf or your 500th.

At Kingswell Glen, golf isn’t just about the game.

Let’s face it: Golf has a bad rap of being uptight with rules.

At Kingswell Glen, we don’t expect you to know all the rules of golf (and there are a lot of them!) However, we do want to share some etiquette guidelines to make sure everyone enjoys themselves while out on the course!

1. Pace of play

  • Be aware of where you are on the course and where the group ahead of you is. Aim to stay within 1 or 2 shots of the group ahead of you, and if they pull away, try to keep pace with them.

  • Play “Ready Golf.” Most of us aren’t going to be on the PGA or LPGA Tour any time soon, so rather than always waiting for the player who is “away” to play, just hit your ball if you’re ready and other players in your group aren’t ready for their shot yet (assuming it’s safe to do so, of course).

  • Limit your search for lost balls. We know that yellow Pinnacle you found in the water hazard on hole 1 is special to you, but sometimes you just need to let it go. If you were truly meant to be together, it will find its way back to you. We promise.

  • We know you want to show your Instagram followers that you’re #golfing @kingswellglengolf (and we want you to share!), but please make sure that your pause-to-post isn’t holding up everyone else on the course. The same principle applies for texting/e-mail/etc.

2. Respect for the course

  • We know Donald Trump drives his golf cart on the green at his courses; please don’t do this. There isn’t an official perimeter because that would interfere with play, but it’s a good idea to stay at least 25 feet away from the greens when you’re driving a golf cart.

  • Nothing is sweeter than watching a wedge shot land on the green and spin backwards, but please remember to fix the ball mark it makes, because the person who comes after you doesn’t want to putt through that. (Here’s a video of how to fix ball marks properly in case you’re not sure how.) While you’re fixing your mark, maybe even fix another if you’re up for it?

  • In the same vein of repairing marks on the green — if you hit a shot and take a divot, please replace the divot so the person behind you doesn’t have to hit out of it. How can you know when to replace a divot vs. leave it? Great question! Here’s the answer.

3. Respect your fellow golfers and neighbours

  • Please don’t hit shots into the group ahead of you; it’s not an effective way to make new friends. We know it happens by accident sometimes, but it’s less likely to happen if you make sure the group ahead of you is out of range of the club you plan to hit.

    If the group ahead of you is consistently playing slowly, just call us and we’ll send someone out to deal with it.
  • If you know that you’re playing slowly and are holding up the group behind you, there is no shame in letting them play through. Just pause before teeing off at the next hole, and let them know that they can go ahead of you. They’ll be super appreciative and be past you in no time, then you’ll then be free to continue enjoying your time at Kingswell Glen.

  • It’s a crappy feeling to chunk a greenside chip, but it’s an unavoidable part of the game for most of us. What is avoidable is having poor reactions to those setbacks in play.

  • We all have an urge to swear or throw a club every now and again, but please remember that Kingswell Glen is a family-friendly course. There are people of all ages enjoying the property, and the youngest ears definitely hear your choice words (as can some of our neighbours).

    We’re going to make the same request as the theme parks in Japan: Please scream inside your heart.
  • Be aware of where others are on the course. It’s not always fun to yell “FORE” and announce your big slice to everyone on the course but it could save someone from an injury (or worse). Nobody wants to see anyone get hurt. If you’re not sure if someone is in the direction of your shot, yell anyways to be safe.

    Fun fact: “FORE” is meant to be yelled when a shot goes awry, not every time you’re teeing off.
  • When you’re on the green, try not to walk on the putting line of your fellow players. While you may not be the first person to walk in that spot that day, it could affect their putt.

We know this is by no means an exhaustive list of etiquette guidelines, but we hope that it provides an introduction to the basics of courteous play.

So whether you’re showing up for your first tee time or you’re a seasoned player who wants to introduce a fresh face to your favourite form of socially distanced fun, we hope that this blog post arms you with the information you need to keep the game of golf approachable, accessible, and enjoyable — for everyone.

We can’t wait to share the beauty of Kingswell Glen with you.

(And to hear about your round!)

As always, if you have any questions — about etiquette or what you can expect from playing our course — please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to make your experience the best one possible, and we’ll happily address any concerns you might have.

See you on the course!

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