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Golf

ace

noun

a hole in one

backswing

noun

the first part of the movement you make when hitting a ball in golf, starting with the club on the ground and moving it into the air above your head

birdie

noun

in golf, a score that is one stroke (=a hit of the ball) less than par (=the expected number of strokes needed for a hole)

birdie

verb

to score a birdie at a hole in golf

bogey

noun

a golf score of one shot more than par (=the expected number of shots needed to get the ball into a hole)

bogey

verb

to get a score in golf of one shot more than par (=the expected number of shots needed to get the ball into a hole)

bogy

another spelling of bogey1 1

bunker

noun

a large hole full of sand on a golf course

caddy

noun

someone who carries the golf clubs for a golf player

caddy

verb

to carry the golf clubs for a golf player

card

verb

to achieve a particular score, especially in golf

club

noun

an object used for hitting the ball in golf

clubhouse

noun

a building used for meeting or relaxing in by members of a sports club, especially a golf club

course

noun

a golf course

crazy golf

noun

a type of golf in which you hit a ball around a small area containing little tunnels, bridges etc

cup

noun

a hole in the game of golf

downswing

noun

the movement that golf players make when they bring the club down to hit the ball

driver

noun

a long golf club with a large end for hitting the ball a long distance

driving range

noun

a place where people practise hitting golf balls

fairway

noun

the long part of a golf course that you hit the ball along to get to the hole

golf

noun

a game in which you use golf clubs to hit a small white ball into a hole in the ground

golf ball

noun

a small white ball used for playing golf

golf club

noun

a long stick that you use for hitting the ball in golf

golf club

noun

an organization for people who play golf together in a particular place

golf club

noun

a place with a golf course and clubhouse where members go to play golf and meet socially

golf course

noun

a large area of land designed for playing golf that usually has 18 different sections called holes

golfer

noun

someone who plays golf, especially as their job

golfing

noun

the activity of playing golf

golfing

noun

relating to or used in playing golf

golf links

noun

a golf course, especially one near the sea

green

noun

in golf, the area of short grass around a hole

greenkeeper

noun

someone whose job is to look after a large area of grass where people play golf. The American word is greenskeeper.

handicap

noun

in golf, extra shots that a weaker player is allowed to take in order to make a competition fairer. As a player improves, the number of extra shots that they are allowed to take is reduced.

hole

noun

in golf, a small space in the ground for hitting the ball into. The 9 or 18 sections of a golf course are also called holes.

hole

verb

in golf, to hit the ball into the hole

hole in one

noun

in golf, a situation in which a player gets the ball into a hole with just one hit

iron

noun

a golf club with a metal end for hitting the ball

links

noun

a golf course by the sea

loft

verb

to hit a ball high into the air, especially in golf

the Masters Tournament

a golf competition that is played in the US every year. The Masters Tournament is often simply called the Masters.

miniature golf

noun

a type of golf played on a very small course, often with models of bridges, hills, and buildings that you have to hit the ball past

the Open

a way of referring to an important international sports competition, especially a competition in golf or tennis

par

noun

in the sport of golf, the number of times that a player is expected to hit a ball to get it into one hole, or into all of the holes

pitch

noun

in golf, a high hit, especially one onto the green that does not roll far when it lands

pitch

verb

in golf, to hit a ball high and with backspin, so that it does not roll very far when it lands

pitch

verb

if a ball pitches in golf or cricket, it hits the ground

plus fours

noun

loose trousers that are fastened below the knee, worn by men when playing sports, especially golf, in the past

putt

noun

in golf, a gentle hit of the ball so that it rolls along the ground a short distance towards the hole

putter

noun

a special type of stick that is used in golf for hitting the ball a short distance along the ground towards the hole

putting

noun

the activity of hitting a golf ball along the ground and into a hole

putting green

noun

a flat area covered with short, smooth grass around a hole on a golf course

putting green

noun

an area of short smooth grass used for putting

range

noun

an open area where people can practise hitting golf balls

rough

noun

the part of a golf course where the grass is tall and not cut

round

noun

a complete game of golf

scratch

adjective

a scratch player is one who does not have a handicap

shoot

verb

in golf, to get a particular score

sink

verb

in games such as golf or pool, to put a ball into a hole

swing

noun

a smooth curving movement that you make when you hit the ball with a club in golf

tee

noun

in golf, a small wooden or plastic object that you push into the ground and place the ball on so that you can hit it

tee

noun

a flat area of grass from which you hit the ball in golf

tee off

to hit a ball off a tee in golf

tee up

to put a ball on a tee

water hazard

noun

an area of water on a golf course designed to make it more difficult for players to get their ball onto the green

wedge

noun

a golf club with a thick flat head that slopes away from the ball

putt

verb

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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