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Play Through

In golf, the term “play through” is used to refer to a situation where one golfer or group of golfers allows another golfer or group to continue playing ahead of them. This usually happens when the golfers behind are playing at a faster pace or if they are waiting for an extended period of time.

  • When to Offer a Play Through:
    • If you notice that the group behind you is consistently hitting shots closer to the hole or playing at a quicker pace, it is polite to offer them a play through. This allows them to pass and continue without waiting.
    • It is also a good idea to offer a play through if you are playing slower than the group behind you. This can help maintain a good pace of play and reduce frustration.
  • How to Offer a Play Through:
    • If you decide to offer a play through to the golfers behind, there are a few ways to communicate this politely:
    • When you reach the next tee box, wave the group behind you to play through. This can be done by raising your arm and waving them forward.
    • If you are on the fairway and the group behind is already waiting, you can acknowledge their presence and motion for them to play through before you take your next shot.
  • Accepting a Play Through:
    • If you are offered a play through by another group, it is important to be grateful and approach the situation with courtesy:
    • Thank the group for the offer and acknowledge their kind gesture.
    • When you reach the next tee box, make sure to start playing promptly to not further delay the group behind you.
  • Benefits of a Play Through:
    • Allowing a faster group to play through can help everyone maintain a good pace of play, ensuring a more enjoyable round for all golfers.
    • It promotes a sense of sportsmanship and etiquette on the golf course.
    • By allowing faster players to pass, it reduces the likelihood of feeling rushed or pressured to play faster than you are comfortable with.
  • Etiquette on the Golf Course:
    • In addition to offering and accepting play throughs, there are other aspects of golf etiquette to keep in mind:
    • Avoid talking or making noise during another golfer's swing or putt.
    • Repair any divots or ball marks on the green.
    • Rake bunkers after playing out of them.
    • Keep carts off the tees and greens to avoid damaging the course.


Understanding the concept of “play through” and how to properly offer or accept it is important for maintaining a smooth pace of play and fostering a respectful atmosphere on the golf course. By following these guidelines and being aware of the golfers around you, you can contribute to an enjoyable and courteous golfing experience for all.