The women I played with carried high handicaps. Now I am very grateful to those who put up with me when I first began playing. But at least I had some sense of three very important things to remember whenever you are playing golf.
1) Pace of play
You really don't have to put your club back in your bag right after a shot. It's okay to wait until you get to your next shot, then pick out your club and replace the last one at the same time. Pace of play.Be aware of where everyone's balls lie. That way you will be ready to hit yours when the other player is finished.
2) Have some sense of where the other players are. It's not polite, nor is it safe, to walk in front of someone's ball. Stay behind, preferably out of the person's line of vision, let them hit the ball, then walk to yours. When you are out on the green and you putt your ball, if you want to mark it, don't stand and admire the shot first. Move quickly (or at least semi-quickly) to your ball, mark it and get out of the way.
3) Don't walk around, clank your clubs or talk while the other person is hitting the ball. Have you ever noticed the placard bearers at the tournament? When the pro is ready to hit, the sign holder holds up the sign that reads, "Quiet!". That means quiet your body, your clubs and your mouth. And please, watch where you hit the ball. It's not up to the other players to find it for you. Sure, there are times when it lands in the rough and gets buried. We'll help look for it. But at least have some idea of where you have hit it.
Playing golf is difficult enough without dealing with ill-mannered people in your foursome. Don't walk around the course as if yo