If you are a high school player that is new to golf, there are some things you should know about how to handle yourself on the driving range. It’s a different atmosphere from other sports, so here are a few things to keep in mind next time you head to the range.
Respect for Course Rules: Each course is different and therefore contains their own rules and regulations with respect to driving rage use. Some only allow users to hit on mats, while others allow hitting on grass. Each facility has their own rules for a reason and it’s important to abide by them to ensure a safe, friendly, and maintainable course. Usually there will be some sort of boundary between individual spots, as well as in front/behind of each individual space in the driving range. These are crucial to everyone’s safety because someone could get hurt from another person’s mishit or swinging clubs. The dividers are there to make sure everyone has enough room; however, if there are not any dividers, then make sure to be aware of where other people are located and do not go out to grab balls.
Divots: David Owen from Golf Digest suggests if the course offers players to practice on grass, the most effective, efficient, and considerate way to make divots are in a linear fashion. This type of divot benefits both the users and the course because it provides the least amount of repair with the optimal space to practice. The best way to achieve this is to place each shot behind the previous divot creating the design you see below.
Noise: Golf is often played with friends, and it can be an exciting or frustrating experience. Emotions can get the best of people on the course and can result in loud, often distracting sounds to other golfers nearby. Keeping the noise level down will help the individual and those around them stay focused. Cell phones can also be distracting, so turn them on silent!
Dress Code: This greatly depends on what type of course you’re attending. In general, public courses tend to be more casual, while private clubs are formal. Men’s attire could be: t-shirt, polo, golf shirt and khaki shorts/pants with golf shoes. For private courses they usually have stricter rules, so men might not be able to wear shorts but are required to wear a collared shirt. For women, a more causal outfit may consist of: a collarless golf shirt, skirt, khaki or colored shorts/pants. Private courses will typically require a collared shirt, shorts, pants, or skirts.
Overall, driving range etiquette can benefit everyone, especially when performed correctly. Golf is an enjoyable and relaxing sport when everyone follows the rules. Don’t forget to be safe, have fun, and golf on!