Just curious, seems like some experienced golfers here. I looked back at some old threads seems like there's a wide variety of opinions. I've been playing with the same guys for the past several seasons. We've all turned the corner on golf together, but half the group really didn't learn basic rules or etiquette. Its been interesting. I think my regular group breaks rules and etiquette on almost every hole.
I care about rules and proper etiquette. Rules obviously because there are so many possible and reasonable penalties that are part of the game. Etiquette is different. The items relating to consideration of other players is a golden rule thing. EG I don't want three guys mingling behind me on my line on every teestroke, so I just don't do it. I never say anything, but just try to set an example by taking a position near the tee where I'm off the players line, but where I can spot his ball in flight. In my regular group, I'm the only one who seems to care about this. Since my playing partners are oblivious to this, I'm used to having them back there "spotting" for me. After years of my three man gallery, I don't really care if people are standing quietly behind me, but I don't do it, because thats what USGA recommends, and I don't need to stand in a players line. Plus, on the putting surface this seems like cheating.
Then there's ready golf, which I know about but routinely ignore. When playing with new partners I always surrender the box to the lowest score. In my regular group, I only ever yield to a respectable score. If we all hack it up, my group doesn't care who tees off first. We usually walk and have standing agreement to play ready.
My downfall on etiquette is my phone. Most of the time my phone is on and ringer can sometimes be heard. If it rings in earshot of someones swing, which is infrequent during my normal friday playing time, I always offer a free replay. I know this is sort of a breach, but I need to hear my phone. How bad is it to leave your ringer on? What do you guys do with your phone?