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Well out: Be considerate of others when on the course

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One Josh Berhow wrote on Twitter how a man pulled out a gun because his group was being asked to move faster. Read through the extract below:

Be careful the next time you tell a group ahead of you to play faster.

A man was arrested after police say he pulled out a gun and flashed it at the players behind him when they complained about his group’s slow play at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, Connecticut, on Tuesday.

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Alejandro Baeza, 22-year-old from Wethersfield, faces threatening and breach of peace charges.

Police told the New Britain Herald that it started when the group playing behind Baeza’s became agitated at the pace of play.

“Words were exchanged about golf etiquette and playing through,” Captain Thomas Steck told the newspaper. “A man in the first group then went to his golf cart and retrieved a firearm.”

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Police say Baeza then put the gun under his clothing and pulled back his shirt to reveal the gun to the group behind his. The group notified the clubhouse, and police arrived.

After being arrested, Baeza’s gun and permit were both seized.

Etiquette is an integral part of the game, defining golf’s core values . It describes the manner in which the game of golf should be played to ensure all players gain maximum enjoyment.

In short, it’s about “respect”:

Respect for the course – leave the course as you would like to find it by repairing pitch-marks, replacing divots and raking bunkers

Respect for your fellow players – be sportsmanlike and polite, stay by the green to watch them hole out, and avoid distracting them

Respect for the game – by knowing the Rules and etiquette of golf

I remember the late Captain Wisdom Mchungula narrating to me how he got embarrassed at a golf course in Kenya when he took his sweet time playing his round.

A Course Marshall walked to him on hole six and said: “by now you should have been on the ninth hole. Kindly leave the golf course sir.” He tried to negotiate but in vain.

One of the most frustrating things I find on our golf course is how a few individuals are so full of themselves. You can wait for them from hole one to the 18th and they never get moved in anyway. Sometimes, I feel that committees in our beloved Malawi are to blame for this. I say so because slow play is punishable by giving two strokes and even disqualifying the delaying team if nothing changes.

Lets enjoy the game. Avoid slow play!

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