Golf course

grounds on which the sport of golf is played

A golf course is where the game of golf is usually played. It is made up of a series of 'holes', each consisting of certain key areas. A teeing ground is used to start playing the hole. A Fairway is the area between the tee and the green, where the grass is kept short for ball play. The green (or putting green) is a closely mowed area of grass surrounding the hole.[1] It has a flagstick so the golfer can see the hole at longer distances. The hole itself has a diameter of 4¼ inches (108mm).[1] Other areas of a golf course are called hazards. These include sand hazards and water hazards.[2] Hazards are designed to make the game more challenging.

TPC at Sawgrass' infamous signature hole, the "Island Green" par-3 17th hole
Typical elements of a hole on a golf course: 1=Teeing area, 2=Frontal water hazard, 3=Rough, 4=Out of bounds, 5=Bunker, 6=Water hazard, 7= Fairway, 8=Green, 9=Flag, 10=Hole

A standard round of golf consists of playing eighteen holes. Many golf courses are designed with eighteen holes.[3] Some, however, only have nine holes, and the course is played twice per round.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bill Mallon; Randon Jerris, Historical Dictionary of Golf (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011), p. 238
  2. Forrest L. Richardson, Routing the Golf Course: The Art & Science That Forms the Golf Journey (New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2002), p. 138
  3. "18 Hole Round". Scottish Golf History. 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014.