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
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This is a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a small ball into each of the nine or 18 successive holes on an outdoor course, using as few strokes as possible. Golf developed in Scotland as early as the 15th century; the courses were originally fields that herds of sheep had clipped short in their characteristic grazing style. Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber. Clubs are known by the traditional names of “irons” and “woods”; today irons are more likely made of stainless steel than iron, and the heads of woods are usually made of metal such as steel or titanium instead of wood.
Origin and Etymology of golf
Middle English (Scots)
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Golf
—a communications code word for the letter g
First Known Use of golf
GOLF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of golf for English Language Learners
: 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
GOLF Defined for Kids
Definition of golf for Students
: a game played by hitting a small ball with special clubs into each of nine or 18 holes in as few strokes as possible
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