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.


R & A

The Royal & Ancient Golf Course at St Andrews, Scotland. This is where all of the rules we know and love to day where created and many of the golfing firsts where achieved i.e. first expulsion for throwing their clubs occurred in 1754.

Recovery Shot

A type of shot used to get out of a hazard. One thing to remember is to play the percentages because it is easier to forget about a single shot back onto the fairway than 7 or 8 duff shots.


The ground surrounding the fairway that consists of unmown grass the worst of which can be over 6 inches tall enabling rabbits, gophers and moles to steal your balls so they can be worshipped as magical beings that fly through the air.


The 18 holes, typically played in sequence i.e. one through eighteen, followed by several more rounds in the 19th.


The guidelines set out by the R&A to bring some form of order to a chaotic game.


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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