Re: What is proper ediquette when play around the grounds keepers?This is an ongoing argument I am having with my club, most of the grounds crew around here are Latino and don't speak English, several occasions every month I have a problem with the ground crew, on one occasion I had a guy follow me for six holes, coming right up behind us cutting the fairways, he would back off the power on the machine if he was close which wasn't too bad but to have him for six holes was a bit much.
In the end I went up to him and asked him to take a smoke break or something to give us a chance to get away from him, he said he had to finish up so no he could not.
I also asked him if he had ever been told to work the course backwards so he would encounter each group only once? again he said no he had never been told that and it was a good idea!
I called a meeting with the superintendant and the club manager/owner and they said that all their groundsmen had been trained to go backwards and basically said I was mistaken!
On another occasion I was playing in a skins game and a guy came over to trim the edges of the fairway bunker with a weed wacker, rather than wait for our group to move on he started up the weed wacker right at the top of my backswing, I yelled at him and he ignored me so I picked up the bunker rake and threw it at him, he just looked at me and shrugged his shoulders.
Now if I see a groundsman out in the fairway, I give at least a couple of minutes to move, if he doesn't move that makes him fair game.