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Now it’s time to unlock your membership number by taking the online curriculum. This will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and then you can go play!
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Hello {{answer_26007872}}, and welcome to the Youth on Course online curriculum! We can’t wait to see you out on the course playing for $5 or less.

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Where can you play golf for $5 or less you ask? There are hundreds of courses throughout the United States – and your Youth on Course membership grants you access to all of them! 

How can you find out which courses participate in Youth on Course? *

The answer is Both A & B. The best place to check for participating courses is both the Youth on Course website and your state/regional golf association website.

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Some courses have time restrictions as to when Youth on Course members can play for $5 or less. 

What’s the best way to check when you can play for less? *

The answer is Both A & B. You can find the time restrictions on our map but we always recommend calling ahead to schedule a tee time and introducing yourself as a YOC member, so you may say something like this: 

“Hi, my name is {{answer_26007872}} and I’m a member of Youth on Course and wanted to see if there are any tee times available.”

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True or False. 

You are traveling with your family on spring break and you would like to play golf. You can use your Youth on Course card in other participating states. *

It is True!
You can use your Youth on Course card in any participating state!

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When you go to a course and utilize your Youth on Course membership card, you represent the entire organization of Youth on Course – not just yourself! 

We have been working for more than 10 years to bring affordable golf to you and thousands of other YOC members across the country. Please be friendly and thankful to the staff when you are checking in. A smile goes a long way!

Yes or no? 

You joined Youth on Course – but are thinking of joining a state/regional golf association as well. You need to pay for an additional membership to join your association. *

The answer is No. Your Youth on Course membership already gives you membership with your state/regional golf association. No need to purchase another membership!

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Did you know your membership number also allows you to post scores to establish a Handicap Index? *

The USGA Handicap System™ enables all golfers to compete on a relatively equal basis.
Since Youth on Course partners with the state/regional golf associations – Your membership number can also be used for establishing a handicap index. Having a Handicap Index allows you to track your progress as you improve and compete with golfers of different skill levels.

You can read more about Handicap Index by watching this video:
How many scores do you need to post to establish a handicap index? *

The Answer: You need five 18-hole scores or ten 9-hole scores to establish a handicap index.

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When does your Handicap Index get updated? *

The Answer: Your handicap index will get updated every 1st and 15th of each month!

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Where can you post a score after you finish your round? *

The answer is all of the above. You can post your scores on YouthonCourse.org, on your association website, or at the posting computer at the course!

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True or False:

It is not important to bring your Youth on Course card with you if you have memorized your membership number *

The answer is False:

Some courses are sticklers about members having their cards on-hand. You must bring your membership card with you to be guaranteed the YOC rate of $5 or less. If you lose your card, or are still waiting for it in the mail, you can always print a temporary card at YouthonCourse.org.

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Most people don’t consider golf a physically demanding sport, but there are great health benefits to playing, including being outdoors, socializing, and walking! To prepare yourself to play your best you should be mindful of what you pack in your bag.

Select the non-golf items (so, not tees, balls, pencils or ball markers) that you should always have in your bag during the round. * Hint: Think survival. *

Water. Sunscreen. YOC Card. You should always have these three in your bag when you go out to play.

Water is important every day, but when you are out on the course exercising it’s particularly important. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle and fill up as you go.

Even if the sun isn’t beaming down or there are clouds in the sky, you are still at risk of absorbing harmful UV rays.

When you are thirsty at the turn, it can be tempting to go for something other than water. But other beverages contain a lot of sugar and additives that cause your blood sugar to spike. Select the beverage below that has the most sugar. *

Mountain Dew has the most with 77g of sugar!

Arizona Iced Tea Lemonade has 72g.
Rockstar has 62g.
Vitamin water has 33g.
Water has 0g.

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Walking is a huge health benefit of playing golf. It's also how the game was designed to be played. Walking 18 holes burns an average of 1,400 calories! On average, how many miles does a golfer walk over 18 holes of golf? *

The answer is 5-8 miles.
On average, walking 18 holes of golf comes out to about 5-8 miles and you’ll build strength and flexibility along the way. Not only that, but spending extra on a cart leaves you with less money for golf! As long as you’re physically capable, get out there and enjoy the walk.

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Etiquette is an integral part of golf and as a Youth on Course member you are expected to practice good etiquette whenever you play.

Being a member of Youth on Course is a privilege made possible by generous supporters who want you to succeed both on and off the course. Playing the game with respect for other players, yourself, and the course will lead to valuable learning experiences every round.

Select all of the things you should do  to demonstrate good etiquette: *

You should:
- Introduce yourself and shake hands on the first tee.
- Play the proper tees for your skill level.
- Yell "Fore" when your ball may come close to hitting someone.
- Be aware of other players' putting lines on the green and walk around.
- Fix your ball marks.
- Replace or repair your divots. 
- Throw away trash even if it is not yours.
- Be quiet during other players' swings.
- Rake the bunkers you hit from.
- Smile and have a good time. 
- Shake hands with fellow players after the round.

As you can see, there is a lot to keep in mind when it comes to golf etiquette. Good golf etiquette is about respecting other players, yourself, and the golf course. Let’s look more closely at some specific examples of practicing good etiquette.

You just checked in at the pro shop and even though you were planning to play by yourself, the head pro paired you up with three adults you have never met. How should you greet them on the first tee? *

The answer is to smile, shake hands and introduce yourself.

Seems simple, but think of how often opportunities to introduce yourself to someone new occur. Whether you're at school, volunteering in your neighborhood, on a job interview, or on the course, you only have one chance to make a first impression and you never know where a new connection may go. Learning to introduce yourself properly on the course can develop confidence that will help you in all aspects of life.

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Once everyone has tee’d off and is walking down the fairway etiquette is still important, but be sure to think about safety as well. Where is the best place to stand when your playing partners are hitting their shots? *

The answer is off to the side and no closer to the hole than them.

Whether you're an experienced player, or just beginning, we’ve all mishit a shot sideways or close to it before. It's always best to stand off to the side and no closer to the hole than your playing partners. Always do your best to find a safe place to stand in case someone mishits a shot. Stay alert and be respectful during your partner’s swing so they can hit the best shot they can.

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Etiquette is particularly important on and around the green when the game slows down a bit and everyone is focused on making putts.

Let’s say you and two of the other players in your group have already hit your balls on the green, but the fourth player landed in a bunker. They take a swing and hit their ball out of the bunker and over the green. Whoops! They will need to take another shot to get it on the green and may be experiencing some frustration. What is the BEST form of etiquette in this situation? *

The answer: Offer to rake the bunker for them.

Offering to rake the bunker for them is not only a courteous thing to do, it will also help speed up the pace of play. Be sure to tap your shoes with your club when you exit the bunker as well, so you don’t drag sand onto the green.

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Like raking the bunker in the previous scenario, another thing you can do to help your entire group is to tend and pull the flag once everyone is on the green. Typically, it’s easiest for whoever is closest to the hole to do this, since they will be putting last, but don’t be afraid to take the initiative when no one else is. Don’t just race to the hole to pull the flag out, though. There are a couple of things to consider. Select which you think is most important: *

This was a tricky question because these are all great things to keep in mind. There is no wrong answer.

You don’t want anyone blaming you for stepping in their line.

If you tend the flag, you’ll stand on a side of the hole where your shadow is out of the way and wait to pull the flag out until they have putted the ball. It helps to give the flag a little twist before they putt, to make sure you’ll be able to remove the flag smoothly once the ball is rolling.

After laying the flag, like any shot in golf, you want to do everything you can to allow other players to focus. On the green, any movement, or standing directly behind a player where you may be in their line of site can be particularly distracting. Be sure you leave the flag a safe distance from the hole as well, so no one hits it accidentally.

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Now it’s time to cover a couple of important items that are important for practicing good etiquette when you’re on the green.

Divot Repair

Putting greens are the most delicate surface on a golf course and require the most care. If you hit a high shot into the green and it leaves a ball mark, you should repair it. You may see marks left by other players as well and if they haven’t already been fixed, doing so will help take care of the course. Which of the following items is best used to repair a ball mark on the green? *

The repair tool is your best bet, though golf tees can do the trick in a pinch.

It’s your responsibility as a golfer to fix your own marks and true stewards of the game will fix others they see when their partners are playing. Some courses give out free divot repair tools, along with tees, or you can purchase sturdier ones from your favorite courses or golf stores. If you don’t have one handy a tee, a key, or any sharp object can do the trick. Here’s a video on how to repair a ball mark properly:

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Select which of the pictured items can not be used as a ball mark. *

Trick question! Actually any item can be used to mark your ball on the green - even a peanut!

Marking your ball allows you to pick up your ball, clean it, and even line up your putt when you place it back on the green. It’s a violation to do so any other place on the course. If your marker interference with the stance, stroke or play of another golfer, it can be moved, but it has to be replaced before you replace the ball. You can use your putter as a measuring device to move it to the left or right so it’s out of the way.

While it’s legal to use a peanut, or any other item, as a marker, it’s best to use something more stable like a coin or actual ball marker that won't roll away in the wind.

Golf has a lot of rules and a lot of lingo, we won’t cover them all, but want to give you a good place to start your Youth on Course experience.

If one player tees off one time with each of these clubs and hits all of them well, which club would make the ball go the farthest? *

The 5-wood would make the ball go the farthest.

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Which of the following holes, based on the par would be the longest? *

The Par 5 is the longest, and the par 3 is the shortest.

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What do you call one score higher than par? *

The answer is a bogey. A bogey is a score one higher than par.

A birdie is one score under par.
An eagle is a score 2-under par.

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What is the maximum number of clubs a golfer can carry in their bag during a tournament? *

The answer is 14 clubs. A good golfer always checks to make sure they never have more than 14 clubs in their bag when golfing in a tournament because they will be penalized.

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Which number line is pointing to a bunker? *

The answer is #5.

#1 = Tee box
#2 = Water hazard
#3 = Rough
#4 = Out of Bounds
#5 = Bunker
#6 = Lateral Hazard
#7 = Fairway
#8 = Fringe
#9 = Green
#10 = Hole

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True or False:

When you are in a bunker you can take a practice swing and touch the sand with your club without penalty *

False. You can not touch the sand in a bunker prior to your actual shot. After you finish with your shot, be sure to rake the bunker to make the course fair for the other players behind you - no one wants to land in your footprints and have a bad shot!

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When should you hit a provisional ball? *

The answer is both A & B. When your ball may be lost or when you think your ball may be out of bounds are two times when you should hit a provisional ball. Be sure to announce when you are hitting a provisional ball to the rest of your playing partners.

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If you can’t find your ball, how many minutes are you allowed to spend looking for it before you must play your provisional ball? *

The answer is 5 minutes. In a tournament, you only get 5 minutes to look for your ball - so look quickly, and ask your playing partners that are not hitting to help you look.

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You're just about done!

Please remember: the golf course is a great place to develop your communication skills and interact with people from all different walks of life. You are representing yourself and an entire organization and a community of people who love golf and want youth like you to play the game as often as possible.

Golf is a great way to connect with people. Some of the people you meet on the course may become life-long friends, or people that can be connections in the future. What is the best way to impress the people in your group? *

Your friendly attitude is the most important thing. Having a great attitude and being polite really goes a long way on and off the course.

Being respectful to other players, yourself, and taking care of the course are what matters most. As you become a more experienced player, hopefully you’ll have opportunities to introduce other players to the game and teach them how to play the right way.

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