Beginner's Guide to Golf: Golf Terms

Have you been wondering what golf terms to use? Read below to learn some of the most used golf lingo! 

Stroke: Any forward swing of a golf club when intending to strike the golf ball. Each stroke is counted as a part of your score. 

Par: This is the predetermined number of strokes that a golfer should need to complete a hole. Par is also used when your score for the hole equals the listed par. 

Bogey: Scoring one stroke above par.

Double Bogey: Scoring two strokes above par. You should try to avoid this at all costs! 

Birdie: Scoring one stroke under par. 

Eagle: Scoring two strokes under par. 

Snowman: You never want to be associated with this term! A snowman is when you score 8 on a hole. 

Mulligan: An unofficial do-over! The golfer receives a second chance to perform the action again. 

Fairway: The center, short-mown portion of a golf hole in between the teeing area and the green. 

Green: The area of specially prepared grass around the hole, where putts are played.

The Rough: The area of long, unkempt grass bordering the fairway. You don't want your ball to go here because it is often difficult to find. 

Cart path only: A condition on the golf course by which players driving golf carts must drive only on the cart paths and not on the grass.

Divot: The piece of the grass that was cut out of the ground while playing a stroke. You'll need to repair the divot by replacing the piece of grass and pressing it into the ground. 

Fore: The word you yell when you hit your golf ball in the direction of another golfer. 

Ace/Hole in one: Hitting the ball into the hole in one stroke.

Tee Box: The area of the hole where the golf ball is first struck. 

The front nine: The first nine holes of golf on an 18-hole golf course. 

The second nine: The second nine holes of golf on an 18-hole golf course. 

Playing the tips: When a player plays from the rearmost set of tees and plays the course at its longest distance. Typically professionals play from the tips. 

Fried Egg: When your ball lands in the bunker it looks exactly like a fried egg! 

Beach: Another word used for the sand bunker. 

19th Hole: Typically, the 19th hole is the clubhouse bar where players gather after their round! 






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