The Portugal Masters, Andalucia Valderrama Masters , the European Ladies’ Team Championship, and the European Young Masters to name a few, there are a number of golf events queued up in Portugal and Spain, this June and July. As much they are enthralling for players, the events are anticipated with an equal zeal and zest by spectators and non-playing enthusiasts of golf.
Golf events in Portugal and Spain are desperately anticipated and provide a good opportunity for the spectators to head out on the grassy meadows, in the bright and glorious sunshine, and make the most of your day. However, to make sure that you enjoy the game in its truest spirit, you have to stick to some basic rules and etiquettes.
Here is an insight into some essential tips, restrictions, and etiquettes for spectators to have a memorable time watching the tournament.
Being a spectator does not mean that you can just roll out of your bed and arrive at the event venue to watch the match. Just like players, the spectators are also required to don appropriate attire in order to maintain the sanctity of the game.
Overly casual attires such as crop tops, tube tops, tank tops, short skirts, short shorts, and denim are a strict no-no! Classic styles such as a decent polo shirt paired up with Khakis are a smart choice that never goes wrong. Similarly, for women, a modest sundress or a decent top paired with caprice or skirts will do the job.
Whether you are a player or spectator, using mobile phones is prohibited on the course. Any communication between the players and spectators during the round is against the rules. Make sure that you turn off your phones, or at least, set it on silent, to avoid any inconvenience for you as well as others.
Speak in low tones on the course and stay quite while a player is hitting. Do not roam around on the greens and fairways. If you want to follow a player, stay no less than 25 yards behind, on the rough or cart paths.
Things to Bring
If it is allowed, carry a nice and decent handbag, with some essential accessories to accompany you on the game. Many golf events allow you to bring your kids along, and if you plan on taking them with you, make sure that you supervise them to avoid misconducts.
Aside from that, since you will be spending a lot of time on the open fields, make sure that you take some hats, sun shades, a good sunscreen, a bug repellent, a pair of binoculars, some loose cash, a folding chair, and your camera with some extra batteries.
Also, if there is a dark overcast with the prediction of some passing showers, remember to take an umbrella and a rain poncho with you.
Things to Avoid
There are certain prohibitions for spectators coming over to attend a gold event. You are not allowed to bring toddlers and infants, alcoholic drinks, pets, armaments, large furniture items, signs, placards, radios or musical devices on the court. Check your bag and leave all such things at home.