golf

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golf

noun, often attributive \ˈgälf, ˈglf, ˈgäf, ˈgf sometimes ˈgəlf\

: an outdoor game in which players use special clubs (called golf clubs) to try to hit a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of 9 or 18 holes

Full Definition of GOLF

:  a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course
golf intransitive verb
golf·er noun

Origin of GOLF

Middle English (Scots)
First Known Use: 15th century

Other General Sports Terms

kegler, mulligan, rappel, turkey

Golf

Definition of GOLF

—a communications code word for the letter g

First Known Use of GOLF

1952

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

golf

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on an outdoor course. Each hole has associated with it a par, or score standard, usually from par 3 to par 5. The origins of the game are difficult to ascertain, although evidence now suggests that early forms of golf were played in the Netherlands first and then in Scotland. Golf developed in Scotland—the courses were originally fields of grass that sheep had clipped short in their characteristic grazing style. Golf balls were originally made of wood; wood was replaced in the 17th century by boiled feathers stuffed in a leather cover, in the 19th century by gutta-percha, and in the 20th century by hard rubber. Clubs, limited in number to 14, are known by the traditional names of “irons” (primarily for mid-range to short shots) and “woods” (primarily for longer shots); today irons are more likely made of stainless steel, and woods are actually made of metal such as steel or titanium.

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