sand trap


Definition of sand trap

: an artificial hazard on a golf course consisting of a depression containing sand

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The Spirit rover, mired in a Martian sand trap, was shut down in 2011. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA Calls It Quits for Opportunity Mars Rover After 15-Year Mission," 13 Feb. 2019 Shots long are likely to find one of four large sand traps. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 In 2010, the $400-million Mars rover Spirit ended six years of exploration when its wheels got ensnared in a sand trap. David L. Hu, WSJ, "Robot Design Goes Back to Nature," 9 Nov. 2018 The practice area is expansive, featuring two practice putting greens on opposite sides of the clubhouse to go along with a separate chipping green with sand traps down closer to the driving range. Brent Kennedy,, "The Woodlands Golf Course," 11 May 2018 Big sand traps, ponds, drastic elevation changes and environmental areas are all in play, just not necessarily all at once. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Out in Arizona, Caterpillar built a driving range where not only the green but also the trees and the sand traps are on the move, carried around by big ol' trucks. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'd Actually Watch Golf If Every Hole Were on a Moving Dump Truck," 16 June 2015 The layout has undergone a slight redesign this spring, eliminating a large chunk of the sand trap that ran along the front and right of the green and turning it into a grass bunker. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Whiskey Creek Golf Club," 20 June 2018 Driving the ball uphill over a lake gives way to long fairway and green guarded by sand traps. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "We love to hate these golf holes in Louisville. Here's our Nasty 9," 19 June 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sand trap

US, golf : an area on a golf course that is filled with sand

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