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Definition of golf in English:


1 [mass noun] A game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to use the fewest possible strokes to complete the course.
Example sentences
  • A man was playing a game of golf, and on hole 16, he hit the ball right into a field of buttercups.
  • Another choice is a game of golf at either of the two nearby 18-hole courses.
  • You'll be able to watch live premiership games, basketball, golf, cricket, and all sorts.

A golf course usually has 18 holes, each set in a smooth lawn (a green) separated from the others by stretches of smooth grass (fairways), rough ground, sand-filled bunkers, and other hazards. Various clubs are used to hit the ball from a tee towards the green, up to 450 m away, and then putt it into the hole

2A code word representing the letter G, used in radio communication.


[no object] (often as noun golfing) Back to top  
Play golf.
Example sentences
  • The idea behind pasture golf is golfing without all the pomp and circumstance.
  • The aim of the championship golf tournament is to promote youth golfing in the region.
  • He's pretty healthy, golfing almost every day, hanging out with his friends at night.


Late Middle English (originally Scots): perhaps related to Dutch kolf 'club, bat', used as a term in several Dutch games; golf, however, is recorded before these games.

  • The first recorded mention of golf is in 1457, in a Scottish edict that banned certain games (including football) because King James II thought they distracted people from archery practice. It seems to have been a Scottish game originally, although the word may be related to Dutch kolf ‘a club or bat’. It is now popular around the world, but according to the American writer Mark Twain, golf is ‘A good walk spoiled’. See also bird

Words that rhyme with golf

Rolf, Wolf
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