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The game of golf originated on the sandy hills of Scotland, on a type of terrain known as "links" or "linksland." Eventually, the game's layout came to be called by the same name as the land, and "links" developed the meaning of "a golf course built on the coastline," which eventually broadened to include any golf course. "Links" is ultimately derived from the Old English word hlincas (the plural of hlinc, meaning "ridge"). Recorded evidence of "hlinces" (a variant of "hlincas") goes back as far as 931, but "links" began appearing in English only in the 15th century. Britain has a number of old-fashioned links courses (built to resemble the Scottish landscape and located on the coastline), and there are a few in the United States as well.
Origin and Etymology of links
Middle English, from Old English hlincas, plural of hlinc ridge; akin to Old English hlanc lank
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of links for English Language Learners
: a golf course; especially : a golf course that is next to the ocean
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