The Golfer's Dictionary

A dictionary of popular golf terms from the perspective of an amateur golfer, if you have any suggestions then feel free to get in touch and I'll add them.



A lacky who willingly carries your clubs and provides you with advice in one form or another. Requirements for this role include:

  • Eyes of an eagle
  • Strength of an ox
  • Patience of a priest
  • Memory of an elephant

Casual Water

Temporary body of water. The rules state that if a ball lands in casual water relief can be given, however no relief can be granted from puddles of tears

Chip Shot

A short, low approach shot that provides you with the opportunity to miss yet another putt

Club House

The place where the rules are prominently posted. Also typically the home of the 19th watering hole where you can easily drown your sorrows.


This part of the club that is situated on the front of the club head which causes balls to fly either left or right.

There is apparently an area on the clubface called the "sweet-spot" but this as infamous as the "G-Spot"

Clubhead Covers

Some form of fabric covering that sits comfortably over the club heads to prevent the elements getting to them.

You can also purchase a "wet-suit" type cover that allows for re-use of your favourite club providing you had the foresight to put on the club before throwing it into the lake.


Those responsible for telling you where you can get free relief from as well as deciding where on the course is out of bounds.


Introduces a bit of competitiveness to the game based on the entries found in the rule book i.e. Stroke, Match, Stableford


The area of grass were you hit the ball up and down as outlined in the rules.


Not often found on Municipal courses, but this the conduct as laid out in the rules.


The metal or plastic container fitted into a hole somewhere on the green. Technically it's only the lining of the hole but it's the same situation as when a player says "it's just in bounds" when in fact it's "out of bounds" or "five" when they meant "seven"


Additional Entries

If anyone has any additional entries they would like adding to the dictionary then please let me know either by adding a comment below or by using the contact form. :-)

Written by Matt on 12th May

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