Golf Etiquette: 10 on-course no-nos you should avoid

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THOUSAND OAKS, CA – OCTOBER 28: A view of the clock during the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood Country Club on October 28, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

‘Fashionably late’ doesn’t apply to golf!

We all know this person. Some of us are this person.

She is always running just a little bit late and she’s going to make a grand entrance accompanied by much fluttering and gathering of equipment and golf impedimenta.

Don’t be this person. The golf course runs on a clock that’s tightly calibrated. Late arrivals are rarely necessary and never desirable. They snarl the starter’s schedule and they stress the players who are waiting for that fourth person.

In this age of GPS navigation even getting to a new golf course on time is not only possible. It’s simple and straightforward. But an early arrival is always the desirable option. It’s in your best interests as well as your playing partners’.

Arriving with time to hit a few balls on the range, roll a few putts, and make a last trip to the locker room before you go to the first tee will help get you physically calibrated and mentally centered.  And you’ll not be distracting your sisters by searching for your GPS, trying to get it to boot up and load the right hole on the right course, or stretching and swinging while others are teeing off.

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