The Unwritten Rules of Golf

Previously published as Playing Through




For some golfers, golf is simply about the play. For others, it's also an opportunity to network or close a deal. Whatever reason brings a golfer to the course, they will spend eighteen holes trying to win—all while also building relationships with their fellow golfers. In The Unwritten Rules of Golf, Peter Post explains what seasoned golfers and newcomers alike need to know to handle every situation on the golf course with confidence. From slow play and “gimmies” to betting and handling cheaters, Peter’s advice will enhance any golfer’s love of the game. Peter Post is the great grandson of Emily Post and an author, seminar presenter, and avid golfer (with a 17 handicap). 

Based on Emily Post Institute surveys of golfers' biggest annoyances on the course, The Unwritten Rules of Golf addresses situations such as:

  • How to deal with the biggest frustration in golf—slow play.
  • What to do if you break the cardinal rule of never being late.
  • When is a "gimmie" acceptable?
  • The difference between friendly play and tournament play.
  • Dealing with sandbaggers and other cheats.
  • Dos and don'ts when playing for "a little something."


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About the Author



On Thursday afternoons in the summer, Peter Post can be found with his long-standing foursome at the Burlington Country Club, where he is a member and past board president. He is also a member of the Edgartown Golf Club in Massachusetts and the Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

Peter is the managing director of The Emily Post Institute and author of five etiquette books including the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men, and The Unwritten Rules of Golf. Since its release, Essential Manners for Men has been reprinted eight times and Peter has done more than 500 media interviews on the subject of men’s manners.

Most recently as coauthor of the third edition of The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success, takes a comprehensive look at the world of business etiquette. As a business etiquette expert, Peter covers topics ranging from CEO ethics to dealing with coworkers with body odor; from dinner party etiquette to the top questions about email at work.

As the creator of Emily Post business etiquette seminars, Peter leads business seminars for companies both in the United States and abroad. In addition, Peter is the creator and co-presenter of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Train the Train Course, taught twice yearly in Burlington, Vermont, or globally by request. Peter also hosts The Emily Post Institute's E-Learning program. Each e-learning module features Peter as he guides viewers through major manners concepts illustrated with moving text and images that speak a language all their own.

Since 2004, Peter has authored The Boston Sunday Globe’s weekly question and answer business etiquette advice column, “Etiquette at Work.”

Peter is a popular source for media outlets including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Kiplinger, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal.

One of Emily Post’s four great-grandchildren, Peter previously owned a marketing and public relations agency. He has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, design, and education. Peter holds a master’s degree in fine art from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Tricia, and together they have two daughters, Anna and Lizzie, who are both authors and spokespersons at The Emily Post Institute.






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