Golf has many terms which are unique to the game. Here are a few explanations of some of the words used in golf to help you through your New2Golf Experience:
Par - The allocated number of strokes given to each hole and to the full round
Birdie - Scoring one under par on a hole
Eagle - Scoring two under par on a hole
Bogey - Scoring one over par on a hole
Types of Shots
Air shot - When you try to hit the ball and miss
Draw - A shot which curves gently from right to left, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Hook - A shot which curves sharply right to left, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Fade - A shot which curves gently from left to right, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Slice - A shot which curves sharply left to right, when played by a right-handed player. It’s the opposite for left-handers.
Areas on Course
Tee box - The starting point for a hole
Fairway - The well mown grass from tee to green
Rough - Taller grass that lines the fairway
Green - The putting surface on a hole
Water hazard - Any sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open water course (doesn't have to contain water) - defined by yellow stakes or lines
Casual water - A temporary accumulation of water on the course where you may take a free drop
Out of bounds - When your ball goes over a boundary of the course
Handicap - An allowance of strokes allocated to each player based on thier ability
Net Score - A player's score after subtracting thier handicap from the gross or actual score
Marker - Someone appointed to record your score
Honour - The right to play first from the teeing ground. It's determined by the lowest score on the previous hole or on the first tee by the flip of a coin
Lost ball - When you can't find your ball within five minutes of starting to look for it
Provisional ball - Another ball that is played when you think your ball might have gone out of bounds or is lost