Activities Sports & Athletics Golf Course FAQ Questions and Answers about Golf Courses Share PINTEREST Email Print Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Courses Basics History Gear Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated May 24, 2019 You have questions about golf courses, and on this page we have answers to some of the most common questions. View the questions below and click on a title to read the answer. If your question is not addressed below, try posting it in the Golf Forum (or scroll to the bottom of the list to find out how to suggest a new entry). On to the Golf Course FAQs ... Playing the Course Do golf courses have dress codes? Do courses require players to wear golf shoes? How do I know which set of tees to use? Are yardages listed to the front, center or back of the green? Pin sheets: What are they, how do I use them? What do different colors of stakes/lines (hazard markers) on a golf course mean? What are the odds of making a hole-in-one? What are the odds of making a double eagle? Golf Course Care Where can I drive a golf cart on the course? Should rakes be left inside or outside bunkers? Is there a right way to rake a sand bunker? What is the method for repairing a divot in the fairway? What is the right way to fix ballmarks (pitch marks) on the green? Course Design What are the different areas of a course? What "parts" make up a golf course? Are there guidelines for how long holes should be for a given par rating? What is a links course? What is a redan hole? What are the different ways of categorizing courses? (public vs. private, parkland vs. links, etc.) For more about specific types of golf holes or the meanings of golf course-related terminology, see the Golf Course Terms section of our golf glossary. Historical Questions Why is 18 holes the standard for golf courses? Why is the hole on the putting green the size that it is? What is a Stimpmeter and how is it used? How much have green speeds increased in golf? What - and where - is Hogan's Alley? What is "Hogan's Walkway"? What is Rae's Creek, the Nelson Bridge, the Eisenhower Cabin, etc., at Augusta National? (see The Masters FAQ for more about Augusta National Golf Club) Handicaps What is a "course handicap"? What is a USGA course rating? What is "Slope Rating" at golf courses? Rules and CoursesFor FAQs involving rules situations, see our Golf Rules FAQ, or consult the Golf Rules at a Glance or the full Rules of Golf. Course-Related Etiquette and Protocols Do golfers playing as singles have any standing on the course? When is it OK to request that the flagstick be tended for me? What's the proper procedure for tending the flagstick? Are tee times required to play golf? How do I get a tee time? If I show up at a course without a tee time, will I get to play? What happens if I'm late and miss my tee time? Miscellaneous How tall is the flagstick?