Golf is a sport that is governed by some very specific etiquette rules. If you are just taking up golf, it is important to understand the etiquette rules surrounding the sport.
Respect the Clothing Rules
First, make sure that you respect the clothing rules at whatever golf course you attend. Golf courses like to present a certain image, and most have rules for what you can wear on the golf course. In general, they want you to keep things clean and look nice and sharp.
You should wear golfing shorts or a nice pair of pants and a collared shirt when you go golfing. If you wear a hat, make sure that it is in good shape. Your appearance should usually be more business casual on the golf course.
Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Golf is a sport that is about concentration. A cell phone ringing or buzzing can really ruin someone's concentration on the golf course. Keep your phone on silent when you are on the golf course so that you don't interrupt anyone else's game.
If you need to use your cell phone and make a call, be sure to step away from the green. Keep your voice low and try to minimize the distraction by keeping your phone call quick.
Fix the Ground After You Play
If you damage the ground after you play, make sure that you take the time to fix the ground before you move on. Keep a penknife or a tea with you for fixing ball marks on the ground. If you make a divot in the ground, replace the grass or use the seed mix pack to fill in the divot provided by the golf club.
When you get a shot in the bunker, take your time raking the bunker. Don't do a sloppy job and leave deep furrows. Instead, rake the bunker and leave it nice and smooth so it's easy for the next person who lands a shot in the bunker to hit their ball.
Give Players Space on Their Turn
When it is someone else's turn, give them space to concentrate. Don't talk or carry on when someone else is at the tee. Do not practice your swings within their field of vision as they are getting ready to take a shot. Do not stand in the line of play. Stand either across from or diagonal from whomever is taking a shot.
When playing on the green, make sure that you don't walk on someone's line of play. Be careful around the hole as well. You want to leave the grass as pristine as possible.
These are just a few of the golfing etiquette rules you need to know to be a courteous player to others on the golf course before you start using your golf club memberships.