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

UBS Cup
Presented to the winner of the annual match between two teams of mens professionals representing the USA and the Rest of the World (the teams must each include six players aged 40 - 49 and six players aged over 50). (See Tournaments section in Encyclopedia).
under clubbing
Hitting the ball short of the intended target, usually as a result of incorrect club selection.
under par
A player's score in a stroke play event where he/she has taken less shots than the par for that hole or course. "One-under" at a par-4 hole means the player has taken three shots, and therefore recorded a birdie. Two-under at a hole is an eagle (or hole-in-one at a par-3); three-under par is an albatross (double eagle in the USA). A player who finishes a round on an 18-hole par-72 golf course with a score of six-under, will have gone round the course in 66 strokes.
up
The lead enjoyed by a player over his/her opponent in a match play event. If you have won two more holes than your opponent you will be "two up."
up and down
To get "up and down" means that your shot from somewhere off the green is followed by a putt that sinks the ball into the hole. An "up and down" from a greenside bunker is often referred to as a "sandie" (also spelt sandy).
uphill lie
A situation where the ball comes to rest on a slope facing uphill. When you take your stance your front foot will be above the level of your back foot.
USGA
The United States Golf Association is the governing body for golf in the USA and Mexico. Among its main functions are the organisation of the US Open, US Women's Open, US Seniors Open and several other top level competitions in the USA. It is also the governing body on the rules of golf in the USA (a responsibility in which it collaborates with the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews). [website: www.usga.org].
US LPGA
[See LPGA].
US PGA
[See PGA of America].
US PGA Tour
[See PGA TOUR].

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Ryder Cup 2023: Luke Donald has been named Team Europe captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup, to be contested September 29 – October 1, 2023 at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.

Presidents Cup 2022: The U.S. won the 2022 Presidents Cup 17.5 – 12.5.

Xander Schauffele wins his singles match 1-up over Corey Conners and clinches the Presidents Cup for the U.S. Team.

Who's Who

The 25‑year‑old Viktor Hovland, defending champion, wins the Hero World Challenge 2022 beating Scottie Scheffler, last year's runner-up, by two shots.
Every year twenty of the world's top-ranked golfers are invited to compete at the Hero World Challenge.

Jon Rahm wins the the DP World Tour Championship 2022 at Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth course).

Rory McIlroy claims the DP World Tour order of merit title and finishes the year European no. One for the fourth time in his career.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Costa Cruise & Golf

Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...

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