Peter Post, the great-grandson of etiquette authority Emily Post, is coming to southern Mecklenburg's Ballantyne Resort on Oct. 28 for a talk about good manners on the golf links. That's the focus of his new book, “Playing Through: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf.” Neighbors caught up with Post, an avid golfer with a 17 handicap, to get his take on the worst and best on the greens.
More about the free, open-to-the-public event on Page 4U. Lisa Hammersly
What irks you most on the golf course?
Slow play drives me nuts, as with everybody else – the inability of a group to keep up with the group ahead of them.
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On a personal level, I have a hard time with distractions. If I'm lining up a putt and I hear someone whispering or rattling change in their pockets, I have trouble concentrating on my shot. I've been known to ask my companions to please hold it down.
What was the biggest surprise in your survey of golfers on the topic of bad behaviors?
I was surprised that (displays of) temper was No. 10. I thought it would be way up the scale. The other surprise was how many people talked about inappropriate golf cart use. People literally drive across golf courses and tees. It's hard to imagine people being this clueless.
Have you ever played any Charlotte or Carolinas golf courses?
No, I haven't. This trip on the 28th, the event at Ballantyne, will be my first time. …It's a (benefit) of doing this book. I'm looking forward to it.
Are you prone to any bad behavior yourself on the links?
Like a lot of golfers, I can get frustrated. Odyssey used to make a putter with a black material head, nice and soft. It was a rarity and not many made. I got mad and swacked it on the ground and the putter split in half. As I did it, I said “Oh my, this is not good. This is a classic that I should have put on a shelf under glass.” I lost a great putter to stupidity. I try not to slam clubs any more…
You talk in the book about attire for golfers and spectators. During the Wachovia Championship at Charlotte's Quail Hollow, sun dresses and big hats have been popular. How does that rate?
I advise people to wear golf wear. I talked about it to the PGA of America. Part of the issue is sight lines and blocking peoples' view. You should do whatever you can to help others be able to see. That wide-brimmed hat could be troublesome to other people around you. And besides, it's a golf event, so golf attire is appropriate.