So all of you are okay with me letting out a whoop of joy in the middle of your backswing on the next tee, causing you to dribble your drive 10 feet off the tee box? Or would you just not count that one and take a mulligan?
I can't believe that you all believe that this is proper behavior on the course. If that is the case, then you are part of the problem with the erosion of etiquette in today's players. It's okay to do these things as long as you're having fun, regardless of the fact that your version of fun may detract from the next group's idea of what makes for a pleasant round. I guess that it's also okay to not bother with repairing your pitch marks, since that isn't really any fun either.
Crowd noise at a professional tournament is a completely different animal. It's an expected and unavoidable situation, and for the most part never happens on the adjacent parts of the course, because the players stand and wait until another player has hit before addressing their own shots. And the players themselves don't holler and scream when they do something exceptional. They treat others with the same respect that they hope to receive themselves.
I'm not stupid - I don't expect golf to be played in total silence, but I do expect a group to try and keep any boisterous behavior contained within their own space.as much as possible. That is just one facet of good etiquette. Understandably, slip ups will happen, but saying that it's an acceptable and proper act is still wrong.
Originally Posted by flopster
Well ...........................do we send smoke signals saying FORE when a ball is flying at someones head? I just have one thing to say to people who get all uptight over some noise that is not meant to disturb them but they somehow feel they have the right to tell others to quiet down, get that stick out of your ass. I can't believe it when people think the whole course needs to be dead silent when they are over the ball like that makes some kind of difference. I'm on board if it's a bunch of drunk loud mouths who think just because they paid that they can act however they please but normal noise happens. I will say this though I'm a bit spoiled where I play the course is in the middle of nowhere with just the one road to the clubhouse and no roads or houses within 5 miles, you can hear the group behind talking when your on the green and they are on the tee of a par 5 sometimes.
Maybe you need to show me just what it is that entitles you to act in a way that diminishes my round. A quiet murmur of conversation 300 yards away is very different from someone letting out a scream 100 feet from you in the middle of your backswing. I don't see a tell of joy as being any different from hollering an expletive when something bad happens. both at equally improper.