Golf is a strange but wonderful game, full of rules both written and unwritten. The ability to navigate those waters determines whether you’re a good playing partner or not, which is arguably an even more desirable status than your ability to play the game itself. If you’re a pleasant person to play with, you’ll find yourself getting all the fancy invites.
Then there’s the other side. We asked some our members for the most annoying things that their playing partners do on the golf course. The comments poured in. So the next time you find yourself wondering why you’re not getting asked to play more by your buddies, give this list a good look, and ask yourself: Am I that guy or gal?
1. Not fixing your divots and or ball marks
It really is the least you can do.
2. Saying “get left” when the ball is clearly slicing
Understand ball flight, people! If a ball is carving out to the right, there’s no chance of it getting left, so don’t pretend like there is.
3. Not picking up on bad holes
Have some awareness. If it’s taking you eight shots to get to the green, don’t slow the whole group down and make them watch all that. Pick up your ball, sit this one out, and move on.
4. Taking way too many practice swings … only to top the ball 10 feet
Don’t be that guy. If you’re going to have a long pre-shot routine, you better hit it good.
5. Talking too much
In the words of one of our members: “If you’re some random I’ve been paired with, take the hint, shut the heck up.”
6. Always on the phone
Again, don’t be that guy. If you need to take a call on the course, it had better be an emergency.
7. Coaching too much
Giving advice on the golf course is an art. If you haven’t mastered it, stay away.
8. Standing over the ball forever
Standing over the ball for a long time is annoying for golfers at every level, so don’t do it.
9. Bragging about good rounds during their bad rounds
We’ve all played with the guy who tells you they shot even par last week, even though they’re 10 over through 10 holes on their current round.
10. Providing constant commentary on their game
Dude, we don’t care.
11. Looking at putts from every angle
You’re not a Tour pro, so don’t act like one. Read your putt quickly, and commit. You’ll probably make more that way anyway.
12. Talking when people are getting ready to hit
It all rolls up into one thing: Be considerate of others.
13. Having someone tell you hit a great shot when you know that it wasn’t
Don’t patronize my golf game!
14. Waiting for the green to clear on a par 4 when they have no chance of driving it
Another golden rule: You’re not a tour pro, so don’t act like one.
15. Looking for your ball 50 yards ahead of where it actually is
Have some awareness. If you hit a drive 280 yards once, it doesn’t mean you hit 280-yard drives all the time.
16. ‘Miraculously’ finding your ball every time
Cheating, in other words. Don’t cheat.
17. Talking to other people’s balls
Leave me and my golf ball alone to sort out our own issues.
18. Late for tee times
One of golf’s cardinal rules: Don’t run so late that your playing partners have to start worrying.
19. Fishing for golf balls
We’re playing golf, not hunting for golf balls.
20. Hitting in to the group in front of you and or not carrying about the group behind you
Again, It all rolls up into one thing: Be considerate of others.
Leave a comment below and let us know your biggest pet-peeves on the golf course!