"I believe if society in
general conducted itself the way we golfers do,
this would be a much better world."...Ray Floyd, hmmmm
This particular "golf hole" has
been designed and laid out specifically for the purpose of communicating not how
to play the game of golf but instead, how a polite game of golf is played.
Before we get to the tee sort of speak we'd like to quote the Horace
Hutchinson (1896) to help communicate our basic philosophy.... "If
your adversary is badly bunkered, there is no rule against your standing
over him counting his strokes aloud, with increasing gusto as their number
mounts up: but it will be a wise precaution to arm yourself with the niblick
before doing so , so as to meet him on equal terms."
anyone wonder why the United States Golf Association introduced the Breach
of Etiquette rule 33-7 ?
The origin of the word
ETIQUETTE: a ticket
In 16th-century French etiquette meant a ticket or label. As a matter of fact we
get our word ticket from this. Also buying things on tick. The first rules of
etiquette were tacked up in conspicuous places in the army posts. The list gave
the rules of the day. The Old French word was estiquette, from estiquer,
"to stick." The rules were "stuck" up on the walls. Perhaps
we could say that etiquette is a "ticket" to polite society.
Golf Etiquette is our
"ticket" to an enjoyable round of golf. With that understood it
becomes easy to understand that the key to golf etiquette is not necessarily
learning a specific set of behaviors, but instead your attitude toward the
behaviors. Now with that said , "It is your honor"