Respect begins with how you feel about yourself. If you do not respect yourself, it is very unlikely that you will respect others never mind the environment that you occupy. The Village of Royal Palm Beach opened the Golf Learning Center in Commons Park to offer a service to its residents and any other people who might like a quiet place to practice their golf skills. I have the honor of teaching there almost daily and it is incredibly disappointing to see how some people treat the facility. The following are some friendly reminders that can be applied at all practice facilities:
1. Purchase golf balls at the machine. Collecting balls on the range with your picker is stealing.
2. The balls belong to the facility. Taking practice balls home is stealing.
3. When using the balls to practice short game or approach skills do not leave them behind. Always collect them, use them on the driving range or offer them to another golfer.
4. The putting greens are for putting only.
5. Do not practice in areas that are roped off.
Without respect, we can not appreciate. When appreciation is lacking, selfishness thrives. Let's make a change.
When I posted the first core value of honesty, I explained that it is part of my coaching strategy for juniors but I believe adult golfers could benefit from a refresher on all of the core values as well. I have seen many adult or veteran golfers completely show disregard for the course they are privileged to play by not filling their divots, ignoring the "cart path only signs," and not returning golf carts to the proper place. This is NOT respect!
Now that the courses are open again, it is more important than ever to follow the rules of play. Let's remember to show respect to each other during this unprecedented time.