Glossary of golf terms

Our golf dictionary covers the main terms used in golf. The first step in demystifying the game is to understand the language and terminology that golfers commonly use.

Term

Definition

eagle
A score of two under par for a hole.
Eisenhower Trophy
[See World Amateur Team Ch'ships].
Espirito Santo Trophy
[See World Amateur Team Ch'ships].
etiquette
Golf etiquette is based on a set of rules and practices that aim to make golf a safer and more enjoyable game, while minimizing any damage to golf equipment and courses. These practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, but golfers are expected to observe them.
European Challenge Tour
Established in 1987, and run by the PGA European Tour, this is the second-tier mens' tour in Europe for professional golfers. The Challenge Tour provides a stepping-stone and proving ground for aspiring hopefuls to the full PGA European Tour. With a season-long schedule of events mainly in Europe, but also some further afield, the Challenge Tour is a fully established part of the professional golf game in Europe. [Website : europeantour.com].
European Seniors Tour
Established in 1989, and run by the PGA European Tour, this is the leading mens' tour in Europe for professional golfers aged 50 and above. The Seniors Tour provides a season-long tour for professional golfers with events played mainly in Europe and farther afield. [Website : europeantour.com].
European Tour
Established in 1972, the PGA European Tour is the top level mens' tour in Europe for professional golfers. It was created following the appointment of John Jacobs to the post of Tournament Director-General of the PGA in October 1971. The 1972 Spanish Open was effectively the Tour's first event, with 1972 marking the introduction of the first official European Tour Order of Merit. The PGA European Tour also runs the European Seniors Tour and European Challenge Tour. [Website : europeantour.com].
executive course
A 9 or 18-hole short course that is comprised mainly of par-3 holes.

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