Before Your First Round: A Newbie's Guide to Golf Rules & Etiquette

By Randy O. Williams
If you know the rules, you'll find golf an enjoyable social activity.
If you know the rules, you'll find golf an enjoyable social activity.

Inspired by the stories and camaraderie of your friends and co-workers who play and even the pros on TV, you’ve borrowed some clubs, practiced on the driving range a few times and are now ready to venture out for your first round. So what do you need to know and do to make your initial foray on a real course something that will keep you coming back again and again?

Reserve a Time

Proper Attire/Equipment

Friendly Foursome

Keeping Pace

Remember to Have Fun

About the Author

Randy O. Williams has written for "Sports Illustrated," ESPN.com, "The Los Angeles Times," "Washington Post" and "The Hollywood Reporter," among other publications. He is the author of the book, "Sports Cinema — 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths and Misfits."

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