To continue on my golf series I got a pm from a user asking to do a thread on etiquette and other things that have an effect on the game.
This one is fairly simple and the cost can be as high as you'd like it to be. For me, I'm a big ashworth guy so their shorts and shirts are usually what I buy. Don't wear jeans, athletic shorts, or non-collared shirts. The one exception to this are the mock shirts like tiger wore in the famous chip-in at augusta. Places that are just your regular muni or driving range are usually less strict on dress code than a country club so you might be able get away with wearing certain thing. I'd recommend not buying the most expensive golf shoes since they are really a dime a dozen but you also don't want to be the goober wearing $40 footjoys that you bought at Dick's Sporting Goods. I recommend the adidas powerband because it's not as expensive as others and feels pretty good on the feet. For hats just buy a titleist, ping, or callaway hat so you don't stand out. You'd better be breaking 75 to play in my foursome to not get shit on for wearing a Rickie Fowler, Bryson Dechambeau, or Greg Norman style hat.
Etiquette on divots, ball marks, etc.
Know how to rake bunkers and repair ball marks that are made on the green. Learn how to mark your ball with a coin and move the mark when it is in the way of someone's line. Never step in the line of your opponent's putt and don't use a wedge on the green. Always take the pin out when everyone has reached the green and put the pin back when you are done. Fill every divot you make with the sand in the golf course and pat it down with your foot. Make your divots in a rectangle shape when on a driving range so the grass will grow back faster. When you hit a shot out of bounds you must hit the shot again and look up how to take a proper drop for shots that go into the water hazard.
Pace Of Play
This is a big deal on public courses and is probably one of the 5 biggest problems the game has today. I recommend only taking 2-3 practice swings before each shot. This eliminates a lot of the demons and second-thoughts that plague most golfers. I also think that most people should be thinking of their next shot before they get there because it helps speed the process. There is nothing worse than someone who waits until the last second to walk all around the green. Don't use mulligans because they just make things take longer and you'll have to get both golf balls. Buy a golf push-cart or pay the fee to use a golf cart. This will save you some time and less stress on your back. A good push-cart is the clicgear series or sun mountain brand.