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Golf merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1976
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 059
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2012


Golf is unique because the players police themselves. Other sports depend upon referees or umpires to apply penalties when there are infractions of the rules. In golf, every player is expected to act honorably, and the welfare and integrity of the game rely on every player's honesty. This is why golf often is referred to as a "gentleman's game."

Golf merit badge requirements

  1. Discuss safety on the golf course. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while golfing, including lightning, heat reactions, dehydration, blisters, sprains, and strains.
  2. Study the USGA Rules of Golf now in use.
    a. Tell about the three categories of golf etiquette.
    b. Show that you know about the definitions of golf terms.
    c. Show that you understand the "Rules of Amateur Status."
  3. Tell about your understanding of the USGA system of handicapping.
  4. Do the following:
    a. Tell about the early history of golf.
    b. Describe its early years in the United States.
    c. Tell about the accomplishments of a top golfer of your choice.
  5. Discuss with your counselor vocational opportunities related to golf.
  6. Do the following:
    a. Tell how golf can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically.
    b. Tell how a golf exercise plan can help you play better. Show two exercises that would improve your game.
  7. Show the following:
    a. The proper grip, stance, posture, and key fundamentals of a good swing.
    b. Driver played from a tee.
    c. The fairway wood shot.
    d. The long iron shot.
    e. The short iron shot.
    f. The approach, chip-and-run, and pitch shots.
    g. The sand iron shot, bunker, or heavy rough recovery shots.
    h. A sound putting stroke
  8. Play a minimum of two nine-hole rounds or one 18-hole round of golf with another golfer about your age and with your counselor, or an adult approved by your counselor. Do the following:
    a. Follow the "Rules of Golf".
    b. Practice good golf etiquette.
    c. Show respect to fellow golfers, committee, sponsor, and gallery.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Golf merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #8.

Requirement resources

1. First Aid: Heat Reactions - Dehydration - Blisters - Sprains - Strains

Related awards

Sports-related awards
Hobby-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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