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

x (on scorecard)
The letter "X" may be used on a scorecard for a particular hole, indicating the player didn't record a score for that hole.
x-out ball
A cross-out or x-out ball is one that has not passed the quality inspection process following manufacture, and is a ball that cannot be used in competition. The maker's brand on such balls is usually crossed out with a line of Xs.

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Tournaments

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.

Presidents Cup Team US 2022

Who's Who

Ryan Fox wins by one shot the 2022 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Charley Hull wins The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America title in Texas, her first LPGA title in almost six years.

Charley Hull wins The Ascendant LPGA 2022

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 ...

Costa Cruise Travel

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Ryder Cup 2021 at Whistling Straits

Ryder Cup 2023 at Marco Simone

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