ON THE TEE:
Hint: Don't just place your ball in the middle of the markers...use the whole tee box to your advantage. If there's trouble on the left, tee the ball on the left, since it's easier to aim the other way. And find a flat spot to tee your ball, so you'll be more level. You can stand outside the tee markers when teeing off as long as your ball is within the markers.
Keep an eye on the people ahead of you. Don't tee off until you know they are out of your hitting distance.
Keep clear of whoever is ready to tee off and stay out of their line of sight and out of their peripheral vision.
Be still and quiet until the person tees off.
Before teeing off, look at the layout of the hole...where do you see trees, bunkers, water, out-of-bounds areas, etc. Align yourself and the ball to stay away from trouble as much as possible.
If the fairway slopes, aim your shot toward the higher side since the ball will tend to roll to the lower side.
Once everyone tees off, head toward your ball but stay behind the ball of the person who is the first to hit the next shot.
NOTE: You may tee off at any of the marked tees, but most beginners use the forward tees. Some courses have "family tees", usually placed halfway down the fairway. These can be used by anyone who has a difficult time getting to the green in regulation and they help to keep up the pace of play.
The person furthest from the hole hits first. Proceed this way until everyone is on the green. Again, be sure to remain behind the person hitting as you move down the fairway.
Keep an eye on the people ahead of you...don't hit until they are out of your hitting distance range.
ON THE GREEN:
Notice where everyone's ball is lying and make sure you do not walk or stand on their putting line.
Mark where your ball is with a ball marker or small coin and pick your ball up. Be sure to put your marker behind the ball.
Do not stand in the putter's line of sight or peripheral vision while he/she putts. Don't let your shadow get in the way either.
The person furthest from the hole putts first. Proceed this way until everyone holes out.
From where your ball sits on the green, look at whether the path to the hole is flat, uphill, downhill, slanting left, slanting right, or a combination of all those features. It's a good idea to get as close to ball level with your eyes so you can see the true path the ball will take. Then imagine pouring a bucket of water on the green from where your ball lies...which way would the water move and in what direction? What direction would the water move at the hole? Picturing that image can help you determine where to aim your putt to get the ball close to or in the hole. The speed at which you putt your ball is very important as well as how fast or slow the green is. The harder you putt your ball, the faster it goes and will usually roll through any breaks on the green. The softer you putt, the more your ball will catch the break. How the green is cut will also determine whether the green is fast or slow for you. A close cut green tends to be fast so the ball will tend to roll much farther than you think. It's a good idea to practice putting before you play your round to get a feel for how the greens are that day. Putting is where you can eliminate a lot of strokes off your game and is much easier to practice than working on your full swing. Remember that a putt, which is only a few inches from the hole, counts as a stroke just as much as the 200 yard drive you made at the tee box.
Keeping Up As you play, you need to keep up with the group in front of you. As soon as they are out of your driving distance, start teeing off. As soon as they are out of your fairway hitting distance, proceed to your ball and hit. As soon as they have cleared the green, hit your ball toward the hole.
Ready Golf It's a good idea to play ready golf...that means to be ready to hit your ball when it's your turn. Be aware of your golf mates as you play hole to hole. See where their balls are and notice where yours is. Are you the first to hit? If so, start looking where you're going to aim your ball, line yourself up, and follow your hitting procedures. After hitting, look to see where the next person to hit is and then start heading for your ball for your next shot. Continue in this way for all the holes you play. You'll get used to hitting your ball, seeing where it lands, looking out for your partners, seeing where their ball goes, and get in a rhythm that keeps the game moving along with everyone having fun.