Beginner's Guide to Golf
To some taking up golf seems like a daunting task. The quirky characteristics and lingo that go alongside the game itself can often seem a little over-whelming at the beginning. But fear not, it’s not rocket science. Below is a list of phrases that will ensure you sound like you know what you’re talking about when you step on the course.
Albatross: This is also known as a double eagle and means that the player has a score of three under par on an individual hole.
Back Nine: This refers to the last nine holes of an 18-hole course.
Birdie: This is when you score one under par on an individual hole.
Bo Derek: This is a score of ten on any given hole. The term originates from the movie 10, in which Bo Derek was the object of Dudley Moore's desire.
Bogey: a score of one over par on any individual hole.
Caddie: This is a person whose job it is to carry a player’s golf bag. Caddies for professional players will also assist with club selection and strategy.
Drive: This is the stroke used on the first shot of the hole. It is more often than not played with a ‘driver’ and is taken from a ball sitting on a tee. The driver is designed to hit the ball further than any other club.
Divot: This is the chunk of turf taken up by a golf shot.
Eagle: This is a score of two under par on an individual hole.
Fairway: This is the neat area that runs from the tee box to the putting green.
Four Ball: This is a match between two teams of two players. Each person plays a ball.
Foursomes: This is a match between two teams of two players. The players on each team play alternate shots of the same ball.
The Green: This is the final part of the hole, where the flag and the hole are located.
Golf Tee: This is a little piece of equipment that raises the golf ball off the ground on the tee box.
Green Fee: This is the fee charged by golf clubs for non-members to play on its course.
Handicap: This is a number that represents a golfer’s ability. A golfer with a handicap of 5 is better than a golfer with a handicap of 22.
A hole in one: This means that a golfer gets his ball from the tee box into the hole with just one stroke of the ball.
Par: This is the expected number of strokes it should take a professional golfer to complete the hole. The higher the par, the more difficult the hole.
Rough: The areas on a golf course outside the fairways. Characteristically they have longer grass that is unkempt looking.