Golf 101: A definitive list of dos and don'ts for beginners.
Attempt to play on the course until you can get the ball airborne. This is both for your benefit and everyone else on the course. DO: Play as quickly as possible. Always be ready to hit your shot when it's your turn. DON'T: Take range balls to the golf course. Many are limited-flight models, so it's just not worth it.
DO: Take the time to learn basic rules and etiquette. DON'T: Spend too much time looking for your ball, and don't pick up any other balls on the course, even if you can't see anyone. You might ruin someone else's good round. DO: Mark your ball on the green so you can identify it. DON'T: Use too big of a ball mark. How big is too big? Anything larger than a poker chip is probably too much.
DO: Accept invitations to join other groups. Golf is a social sport, and it's a great way to meet people.
DON'T: Mark your scorecard on or by the green. On a busy course,...