Golfers should read carefully and abide by the local safety rules of the golf course.

All players should lift and carry their clubs safely and preferably use a buggy.

When making a stroke or practising swing, players should always ensure that
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no one is standing close by or in such a position as to be hit by the club, the ball, or any stones, pebbles, twigs, etc.

Players should not play until the players in front are out of range, at least 100 yards further than he can hit the golf club in hand.

Players should always alert greenstaff when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.

Once the ball is played, if ever it is heading towards another person, the player should immediately shout a warning, loud and early enough to give that person a chance to cover their head. The traditional word of warning is "fore!".

To avoid being hit, other players and spectators should stay behind the ball's flight. If you are a spectator, try to keep track of the ball's flight from the moment it makes contact with the end of the club. Likewise, if you hear the "Fore! "warning, don't take the time to look for the approaching ball, simply take cover.

All players should undertake gentle, but adequate warm-up procedures before each game, including leg and shoulder stretches, gentle air swings or ball hits using short irons.

In hot climates, all players should wear sun protection (clothing, hat, sun screen) at all times. Both sunscreen and an insect repellent and/or relief cream should be carried in a player's golf bag at all times.

When using motorized carts, players should check the local safety rules regarding pathways and feet placement

Players should drink lots of fluids even before feeling thirsty. Adequate water intake is also important both before and after a game.

Players should move off the golf course when lightning strikes are possible.

Wherever possible, players should carry a mobile phone in case of emergency (Make sure it is not turned on while you play the game).

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