A thorough understanding and practice of golf etiquette will serve the junior golfer in ways you can't begin to imagine on the course and in the course of life.
My junior golfers leave their clothes all over their rooms, never make their beds and wouldn't know how to load a dishwasher but its amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks and rake the sand traps. My boys are fanatical a
bout protecting the golf course and field. This is golf etiquette and, as Bobby Jones said, is as much a part of the game as the shots played.
Golf is a game rooted in integrity and honor, and etiquette is as much assimilated by observation as learned on the course from the very first round you play. One of the great advantages of having your child play junior golf is that they learn etiquette, personal responsibility and how to interact with others in a polite and meaningful way in a competitive setting. The ability to look a guy in the eye that just beat you into the ground, shake his hand, sit down with him and sign the scorecard and thank him for the game - will serve the junior golfer in ways you can't begin to imagine as they grow up.
The following are some important points of etiquette that a junior golfer must be familiar with:
The First Tee is a partnership between the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA to introduce more American kids to golf, especially from disadvantaged areas. The people who teach golf in the program have grown up in the game and recognize the unique opportunity of blending the rules and etiquette of golf with life and leadership skills instilling important values into kids and teens through the game of golf.
The First Tee has its Nine Core Values that nicely sum up the core concepts in teaching more than golf to juniors:
When you play by the rules, defy mental demons, overcome every challenge, and enjoy a walk in the country at the same time - that's being alive.
That's Arnold Palmer. That's etiquette and life lessons all rolled into one by one of the most legendary gentlemen in this glorious game.