Golf Terms for the Newbie
Posted on Feb 11, 2015 02:40 PM
Last 9 holes of an 18 hole golf course.
Pits of sand located throughout the course. Best avoided at all cost.
The area betweet the tee box and the green where the grass is kept
short. You would want your tee shot to land at this area
The first 9 holes of an 18 hole golf course
The stand used to support the golf ball on your first shot. Usually
made of wood or plastic.
The area where the flagstick and hole is located that has the shortest
turf grass ideally for putting.
Any ball that is hit into a hazard is automatically penalized. These
are areas where you usually can no longer hit a ball like a lake or a swamp.
Located at the sides of the fairway. This area has thicker or deeper
grass which makes it harder to play from.
Tee-box / Teeing Ground / Tee
This is the area where a golfer begins playing each hole.
Handicap / Course Handicap
A decimal number given to golfers by a golf handicapping provider that
is used to calculate the course handicap or handicap. This number usually
indicates the number of strokes a golfer hits over par.
Based on a golfer's handicap index and the golf course, this represents
the number of strokes that will be deducted (or added) to the golfer's score
A derogatory term in golf that applies to golfers who cheat by
pretending to be worse golfers than they really are in order to inflate their
A golfer that averages even par or better and has handicap of 0 and
Shots taken on a green done with a putter
A golf shot.When you swing your club and hit your ball, that is a
First stroke played on the tee box
Refers to the expected number of strokes needed by an expert golfer to finish a
hole. For example, if hole number 1 in Golf Course A is 3, this means an expert
golfer is expected to shoot the golf ball in the hole at three strokess
Hole in one. It took one stroke for the golfer to shoot his golf ball.
Three strokes under par on a hole or -3
Two strokes under par on a hole or -2
One stroke under par on a hole or -1
One stroke over par on a hole or +1
Two strokes over par on a hole or +2
Three strokes over par on a hole or +3