Golf issue: Tee time etiquette

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If you've never been on a golf course, act as if you're about to meet your significant other's parents - excited but on your best behavior. Remember these tips:

Watch your speed.

Don't worry about players behind you. Your job is to keep pace with the group ahead. If you fall behind, try a best-ball scramble for a few holes.

Keep noise down.

Being quiet is especially important when another golfer is over his ball or lining up a shot. Unless you shoot a hole-in-one, never shout, clap loudly or cheer.

Send warning.

If your shot goes awry, yell "Fore!" This is golf speak for "Watch out!"

Dress appropriately.

Plaid knickers are no longer a must, but courses often have dress codes. You'll never go wrong with a short-sleeved collared shirt in a solid pastel, a pair of clean, comfortable khaki pants and golf spikes.

Follow the rules.

Every course has specific guidelines for things like where you can drive your cart. Ask the starter if there's something special to know before starting a round.