Golf Tips for Starters: How to Stay Safe on the Course

You probably don’t think of golf as being a particularly dangerous sport – and for the most part, that is true. However, there are a few situations where you can actually put yourself in danger on the course if you aren’t careful. It is important to obey a few simple rules during any round of golf to keep yourself out of harm’s way. Fortunately, these rules are relatively simple to learn and easy to follow.

Before you head out for your next round, read through the three tips below to help keep yourself safe.

  • Don’t stand in front of others while they hit. This one should be obvious, but it is broken more often than you might think. When another player in your group is preparing to hit a shot, be sure to stand somewhere behind them to avoid the risk of being hit by the ball. Even if you are standing off to the side, you could still be at risk for a poor shot coming your direction. Not only is it safer to stand a safe distance behind the player as they swing, it is also considered good etiquette.
  • Pay attention to the rest of the course. In addition to staying out of the way of players in your own group, it is also important to pay attention to those playing other holes around you. Some golf courses features holes that are relatively close together running in opposite directions, making it more likely that you could be hit by a ball from another group. Pay attention to your surroundings, and try to take cover quickly when you hear anyone yell ‘Fore!’ as a warning that the ball is coming your direction.
  • Get off the course during electrical storms. Lighting is a very dangerous situation on the golf course, and you should get to a safe location off the course as soon as possible when you realize lighting is in the area. It is always best to exercise caution in this situation and take shelter even if you don’t think the storm is close enough to be dangerous. Many golf courses have warning systems in place to let you know about the presence of an electrical storm, but you should also be aware of it for yourself by listening for thunder or checking weather reports before heading onto the course.