It would be easy to argue that where spectators are concerned, professional golf has the most rules and regulations. If you're planning to attend your first in-person golf event, it's important to realize that this won't be like other sporting events that you may have attended in the past — there will be no face painting, waving of banners, or blowing of horns. This doesn't mean that you won't have a memorable time at your first pro golf experience, though. It simply means that you'll need to brush up on a series of rules to ensure that you behave in an appropriate manner. Here are some things to keep in mind in advance of the golf event.
Research The Dress Code
Professional golf events often have dress codes for fans who will be in attendance, so you'll want to research this information on the event's website in advance. One common rule is that attendees should dress as though they're golfing — and this might not be an issue for you if you play the sport as well as enjoy watching it. Women can wear slacks, shorts, or skirts paired with a collared golf-style shirt, while men can wear slacks or shorts and a collared shirt. In the case of inclement weather, jackets and umbrellas are appropriate.
Keep The Camera At Home
Unlike many other professional sporting events, golf isn't a sport at which you should snap photos. Different events have different rules for photos; some events prohibit attendees from carrying cameras, but that doesn't mean that you can use the camera on your smartphone to document the action. Again, check the specific rules on the event's website. For example, you may be free to take photos between shots, but as soon as the marshal's hand is raised to ask the gallery to be quiet, your smartphone must be put in your pocket.
Cheer Only At The Right Time
Golfing is a sport that provides the opportunity to cheer wildly for your favorite player with the contrasting element of being silent. You'll get the hang of the rhythm quickly, but it's valuable to understand the process in advance. You're free to speak quietly to those around you when there's no action in front of you. When a golfer approaches, you may cheer him or her on. However, as the golfer prepares to make the shot, the course marshal will hold his or her hand or a placard overhead. From this point on, until the golfer makes the shot, you must be as quiet as possible. Once the ball is in the air, you can cheer again.
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