Who Tees Off First [Infographic]


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New to golf or looking to brush up on your etiquette? We’re here to help keep you from making an embarrassing mistake.

The First Tee

On the first tee, you can decide who goes first through random choosing, such as rock, paper, scissors or drawing straws.


The honor system states that whoever had the lowest gross score on the hole prior gets to tee off first.


After teeing off, the player whose ball is farthest away from the hole plays first.

Match Play

In match play, the player with honor is the person with the lowest net score will tee off first.

Ready Play

If you and your group are looking to move through quickly, just allow whoever is ready to tee off next.

Make sure that you communicate with your group before playing, so that you are all on the same page.

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