Showing Respect


to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem
In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.

Golf is one of the few sports in which players are responsible for reporting any break of a rule to fellow competitors or a rules official. Knowing the rules and etiquette of the game allow players to maintain a good pace of play, show respect for the course and fellow competitors, as well as enjoy the game as it should be played.

Applying on the Golf Course

The First Tee Code of Conduct

Respect for Myself

I will dress neatly and wear golf or athletic shoes.
I will always try my best when I play or practice.
I will keep a positive attitude and catch myself doing something right regardless of the outcome.
I will be physically active, eat well, get enough sleep, and be safe so I can stay healthy.
I will be honest with myself, including when I keep score and if I break a rule.
I will use proper etiquette and maintain my composure even when others may not be watching.

Respect for Others

I will follow all instructions and safety rules.
I will keep up with the pace of play on the golf course.
I will be friendly, courteous and helpful.
I will remain still and quiet while others are playing and have fun without being loud and rowdy.
I will be a good sport toward others whether I win or lose.
I will encourage others to be safe and physically active.

Respect for my Surroundings

I will keep the golf course and practice areas clean and in as good or better shape than I found them.
I will clean and take care of my and others’ golf equipment.
I will be careful not to damage anything that belongs to others.

Applying at Home

Parents: Ask your child to think about three ways they can show respect at school, home or playing other sports, then record when you seem them do it.

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