your Ps & Qs
you need to know before
In golf, there are rules and then there are RULES. Every
woman should know the difference before she puts a single
soft spike on the fairway. If you're new to the game, thumb
through a copy of the Royal Canadian Golf Association rules
of play first. Then ask around about the nitty-gritty.
Proper behavior on the course is crucial.
Let's start from the
Make sure you
arrive 15-30 minutes before your tee-time. This way you can make sure your clubs are clean,
you have enough balls, you've paid your green fees and you
aren't holding anybody up. If you're late, you may miss your
Yacking while someone else is teeing off is
another no-no. Save the chit-chat for the 19th hole -- or
the long stride down a par five.
don't fiddle while
someone is hovering over the tee, trying to muster up their
inner driving power. Clubs being pulled in and out of bags,
balls being washed, and carts revving can be unbearably
Keep your attitude positive
and avoid complaining. If someone asks your opinion on their
stance, give it, but don't deluge your companions with
advice. Save that for the driving range.
deep into the heart of the forest. Take a quick look for it,
but don't go for a two-day camping trip. You can afford to
drop another one. Take your penalty strokes with dignity.
a beginner and scoring gets you down,
let your colleagues know you're not counting. This tones
down any uncomfortable competitive edge.
- If you are marking
your score and have stacked up a double par before even
getting to the green, just pick up your ball and move on.
Nobody wants to play an eight-hour game, (especially the
guys behind you).
Regarding dress code, it's
better to err on the side of conservatism when playing a new
course. Leave the hot pants at home and opt for shorts that
are a safe one-inch above the knee. Tank tops are also out.
If you're wearing a sleeveless shirt, make sure it has a
collar. If it's a collarless shirt, make sure it has sleeves.
Sarah Moore, editor of
Canadian Woman Golfer magazine has a few good tips for
business women who want to treat a client to a game.
"Don't pick a tough course if your client is a
novice," she says. Moore also believes it's best to
stay away from boardroom banter. "Playing golf is a
good opportunity to get to know a client in a non-business
setting," she says. "Don't discuss business unless
they bring it up."
golf is a game.
by the rules, challenge yourself, be considerate of others
and have FUN.