Originally Posted by dbrock504
I would say the most "important" is proper etiquette. As a conservative college student, I spend more times on the course than at the house parties. This means I play as a single a lot, and consequently, get paired up with random people or groups. I have noticed a decline in "proper" etiquette. The very first time I ever went golfing, to a friend's dad's very nice, very expensive country club. I was taught immediately to hold my tongue and respect on the course. It seems more and more people I play with throw their clubs, curse excessively loudly, slam clubs, hit the club on the ground taking a large divot, picking up others balls when they are in play, holding the flag stick casting a shadow in my line, stepping in my line, not filling large divots with sand, not raking sand bunkers after you hit, etc. I know it's a little old fashioned, but I always perceived this game as a gentleman's game with class. Tuck in your shirt, say sir, and be respectful of others and the course. Others going out there throwing your equipment, whining and complaining and cursing just bring my game down and create a negative environment.
Honestly, I feel like this is simply acting like a normal human being. Be a well-behaved regular person at the golf course.
Yell fore, rake bunkers, fix divots, fix green hits, don't talk noises when others are hitting etc...
The only complaint that you can make against me, from those which you listed above is the "dress code of golf"
Often times the weather is really crappy in my country, especially during this spring. Today weather was gloomy, rain and dark clouds, lots of wind.
I will not ruin my good slacks pants and good shirts on the golf course, for the sake of golf dress etiquette.
I'd rather take the complaints, and wear cheap sweaters and cheap pants. AND feel comfortable and warm during my golf swings.
But that's just me, a beginner golfer. You should always (try to) dress according to the weather, when being outside, in my opinion.
If ya don't dress according to weather, there is only you yourself to blame for that.
Practical clothing > golf clothing, I say. Then again, I only play at cheap low-end beginner's golf course. Which is not exactly "posh" golf club for pros and businessmen etc....