Courtesy on the Golf Course
Courtesy is everywhere on the golf course. For instance, a round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Golf is a game of tradition and history. It is not just about honing the swing, but it is also about the rules, respecting fellow competitors and showing consideration to the course and the game.
There are a few basic gestures in golf that reflect common courtesy on the course:
- being friendly and shaking hands when greeting others
- standing still
- being quiet when others play
- acknowledging a good shoot
- taking turns removing the flag stick
- waiting for your group to finish a hole before going to the next tee
Practicing COURTESY At home
At The First Tee, our goal is to help youth take the skills they learn on the golf course and bridge these skills to life. We encourage parents and guardians to reinforce these values in everyday life, off the course.
How can kids and teens practice courtesy at home or in school? Here are some ways junior golfers can include courtesy into their lives:
- wait their turn while standing in line
- open and hold the door for others
- use and play carefully with other children’s toys
- say “please” and “thank you”
The First Tee teaches that courtesy, one of its Nine Core Values, is defined as considerate behavior toward others, such as a polite remark or gesture. With more than 1,200 locations, The First Tee offer programs to youth from all backgrounds—no golf experience needed! If you know a young person who would enjoy The First Tee, visit our location map to find a local chapter!