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Golf Lingo

Talking Golf's Language
PGA of America
Learning golf's lingo will help you get around the course.
By
Jonathan Gold, PGA

Series: New Golfer

Published: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.

Often when trying a new activity, there are various terms that a beginner would be unfamiliar with.   Have no fear; “golf language” is fairly simple to pick up! We’ll cover a few terms that will help you get around, whether socializing near or far from the course. Here are a few of more frequently used terms to get you started:

There are more terms in the golf dictionary, but these will help you feel comfortable and navigate your way around the practice areas and clubhouse. Should you have any other questions, reach out to your local PGA or LPGA Professional!

  • “Bag drop” is a designated area where you may place your clubs upon arrival or departure from the golf course.
  • “Driving Range” is an area where you can practice or seek professional lessons for your full swing.
  • “Putting Green” or “Practice Green” is a space where you can work on your putting and is solely for practicing putting.
  • “Golf Shop” is a friendly area where you can seek out information about the golf course, sign up for lessons, purchase equipment or ask questions if needed.
  • “Clubhouse” is most likely the largest building at the golf course.  In here you can find the restrooms, possibly food and beverage and a place to change shoes or clothing.  This is usually the hub of the golf operation.

There are more terms in the golf dictionary, but these will help you feel comfortable and navigate your way around the practice areas and clubhouse. Should you have any other questions, reach out to your local PGA or LPGA Professional!