Definition of golf in English:

golf

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Pronunciation: /ɡɒlf
 
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noun

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.
More 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

verb

[no object] (often as noun golfing) Back to top  
Play golf.
More 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.

Origin

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.

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