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"It's Okay" Rules


Series: New Golfer
  1. It’s okay to not keep score.
  2. It’s okay to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150-yard marker.
  3. It’s okay to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little.
  4. It’s okay to tee the ball up anywhere when you are first learning.
  5. It’s okay to count swings only when you make contact with the ball.
  6. It’s okay to throw the ball out of a bunker after one try.
  7. It’s okay to forget about a ball that may be lost or out of bounds. It’s okay to drop a ball where you think it might be…or where you wanted it to be.
  8. It’s okay to play a scramble with your group — scrambles are very popular.
  9. It’s okay to just chip and putt on a hole when you feel like it.
  10. It’s okay to pick up in the middle of the hole and enjoy the outdoors and scenery.
  11. It’s okay to skip a hole if you need to take a break.
  12. It’s okay to play less than 9 or 18 holes and call it a round of golf.
  13. It’s okay to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies.
  14. It’s okay to hit the same club for the entire round, while using a putter on the putting green.
  15. It’s okay to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!
  16. It’s okay to get enthusiastic! (High fives, fist pumps and big smiles are encouraged)
  17. It’s okay to talk on the golf course — enjoy a nice conversation or tell a few jokes.
  18. It’s okay to bring your kids to the course whether they are 5 or 35.
  19. It’s okay to PLAY GOLF JUST FOR FUN! Play the tees that make you the happiest.
  20. It’so kay to laugh and have fun. There are no penalties for excessive laughing or high fives on the golf course.
  21. It’s okay to gamble some — and laugh even more.
  22. It’s okay to remember friends more than your scores.
  23. It’s okay that your love of the game lasts longer than that for a past “significant other.”
  24. It’s okay to play your favorite music on every hole.
  25. It’s okay to play barefoot golf — shoes optional.
  26. It’s okay to coordinate your attire — but still wear your hat backwards.
  27. It’s okay to drink more than one cup of water on a hot day.
  28. It’s okay to have your spouse or significant other outdrive you every hole when they play from forward tees.
  29. It’s okay to wear your favorite sports team’s uniform (college or pro) when you play golf.
  30. It’s okay to turn OFF your cell phone while on the course.
  31. It’s okay to “Drive for Show” — but not putt for dough.
  32. It’s okay to create your own charity golf event to raise dollars for good causes.
  33. It’s okay to be called a “golfer.”