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Definition: A "marshal" on a golf course is an individual whose job it is to patrol a golf course, keeping the pace of play up and responding to golfers' questions or concerns. During a tournament, a marshal's job is primarily crowd control.

At most courses, marshals are volunteers who ride in marked golf carts, and their primary value is in their visibility. If golfers know a course has marshals, they are more likely to police themselves. Slow play is a primary concern for marshals, and some courses allow marshals to force slow groups to move up, skipping part or all of a hole in order to speed up play.

If disputes arise between groups of golfers or issues relating to pace of play or etiquette, those groups should seek out a course marshal to mediate.

Golf course marshals have no legal authority; as noted, they are typically volunteers (many golf courses provide free golf to volunteer marshals). However, golfers should follow the requests and instructions of marshals, if a marshal offers such.

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Also Known As: "Course ranger" or just "ranger"
Alternate Spellings: Marshall ("marshal," with one "l," is the correct spelling, but many golf courses use the incorrect 2 L's spelling)
"Flag down the marshal next time you seen him so we can ask him about the pace of play."
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