Do speakers belong on the course?

Speakers are becoming more popular on golf courses, and for many people, there is a big divide on whether or not they should be allowed on the course, we break down some of the most asked questions.

Golf cart speakers are increasing in popularity on golf courses. Many people are adding speakers to their golf carts so they can listen to music while they play. We admit that golf cart speakers are a great way to enjoy music while you are playing golf. There is something to be said about a little tune as you travel down the fairway with a summer sunset in the rearview. There is a time and place for the music. Let’s have a look at some of the no no’s on the course.

Do speakers belong on the course?

Keep the sound to your group only

When it comes to enjoying a round of golf, there are a few things that are essential: a beautiful course, good weather, and sometimes, peace and quiet. For some people, the last thing they want to hear is music blaring from the speakers as they line up their tee shot after slicing the last one into the pond and now are now taking their 3rd shot. Some people use the Golf Course as their sweet escape, and don’t need to hear your favorite band 3 fairways over. It can be distracting and takes away from the natural ambiance of the game.

“But it helps me with my game”

As any golfer knows, mental focus is essential for playing a good game and there is always that one mate who swears that the music helps him find his rhythm. While I am not saying this isn’t true I’ve found some of my best tempo while singing along to ACDC.

Official Ruling

Rule 4.3a (4) covers the use of audio and video on the course and, if you’re going to risk subjecting your playing partners to Spotify, it’s worth reading this section pretty carefully. You can listen to audio, or watch video, as long as it is unrelated to the competition. 11. Rule 1.2a, ‘not distracting the play of another player’ as an example of showing such consideration. Model Local Rule G8 – prohibits the use of audio and video devices altogether during a round


When it comes to enjoying a round of golf, there are all sorts of different ways to enjoy it. Some people like to listen to music as they play, while others prefer the peace and quiet of nature. There is no right or wrong answer – it’s up to each golfer to decide whether they want to play music but let’s respect the other players. If you choose to listen to music, be considerate of others by keeping the volume down so that it doesn’t interfere with their game. At the end of the day, everyone just wants to relax and have a good time on the course.

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