RE­VEALED: The golf terms that leave most Amer­i­can en­thu­si­asts baf­fled

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The root of to­day’s game of golf can be dated as far back as 1547 and there are ap­prox­i­mately 25 mil­lion golfers in Amer­ica.

And con­sid­er­ing how long golf has been around, it is a com­pli­cated sport at the best of times and that is be­fore fac­tor­ing in some of the strangest phrases and ter­mi­nol­ogy that has been built up over decades of playing the game.

For those un­fa­mil­iar with the game or just be­gin­ning to play the sport, the va­ri­ety of phrases en­com­pass­ing the game can leave the best of peo­ple stunned; with many id­ioms stem­ming from old Scot­tish phrases...

As a re­sult, golf­ing ex­perts, GolfSup­port. com sur­veyed 865 Amer­i­can golf en­thu­si­asts (rang­ing from mere spec­ta­tors, to begin­ners and am­a­teurs) to see how con­fi­dent they are with the def­i­ni­tions of a range of golf words and phrases.

The par­tic­i­pants were pre­sented with a va­ri­ety of golf phrases and were asked to state which they felt most and least con­fi­dent about the def­i­ni­tion of.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, a few clas­sics found them­selves rank­ing among the top five golf terms Amer­i­cans are the most con­fi­dent with the con­no­ta­tion of:

Par (92%), Bo­gey (88%), Dou­ble Bo­gey (82%), Birdie ( 79%) and fi­nally Al­ba­tross with 75%.

Golf Support found that ‘ Ea­gle’ is the sixth phrase that the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­can golf fa­nat­ics feel the most con­fi­dent defin­ing at 70%.

Sub­se­quently, 67% of sur­vey par­tic­i­pants feel as­sured to know the mean­ing be­hind ‘Gimme’, which trans­lates to de­scribe ‘when your putt is close enough to the hole that it is con­sid­ered to be made’.

Golf Support can also re­veal the golf terms that more than half of golf en­thu­si­asts feel most con­fi­dent trans­lat­ing:

Fore ( 64%), Fade (60%), Slice (58%), Knick­ers (56%) and Shank with 51%.

At the other end of the scale, a sub­stan­tial 85% of Amer­i­can Am­a­teur golfers feel the least con­fi­dent defin­ing ‘Zoysia’, which is in­ter­preted as ‘A type of grass that can stand up to heat, drought and large foot traf­fic’. This was closely fol­lowed by 81% stat­ing they felt un­sure of the cor­rect def­i­ni­tion of ‘Frog Hair’, which refers to the ‘closely mowed fringe sur­round­ing the putting green’.

Rank­ing in third place, for golf­ing terms that the US are least con­fi­dent about is ‘Afraid of the Dark’ with 80%, which can be de­fined as ‘a putted ball which re­fuses to fall into the hole’. Other phrases which leave Amer­i­can golf fans most baf­fled in­clude:

Snow­man ( 60%), Sand­bag­ging ( 59%), Mul­li­gan (56%), Lip Out (53%) and Texas Wedge at 52%.

The Bue­naven­tura Golf Club Named “Panama’s Best Golf Course 2018” By World Golf Awards

Riviera Paci­fica, Panama – The Bue­naven­tura Golf & Beach Resort has an­nounced it has re­ceived the cov­eted World Golf Award for the cat­e­gory of “Panama’s Best Golf Course 2018.” This is the sec­ond year The Bue­naven­tura Golf Club has re­ceived this honor. The World Golf Awards cel­e­brate and re­ward ex­cel­lence in golf tourism, world-class cour­ses and golf des­ti­na­tions through its an­nual awards pro­gram voted by golf in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and the pub­lic.

“It is an honor for the Bue­naven­tura Golf Club to have been se­lected as “Best Golf Course in Panama 2018” by the pres­ti­gious World Golf Awards,” said Al­fonso Castiñeira, Di­rec­tor of Golf at Bue­naven­tura Golf Club. “This award con­firms the com­mit­ment of our

en­tire team to pro­vide a unique golf ex­pe­ri­ence for both our mem­bers and guests, adding value not only to our golf course, but also the resort and its ameni­ties.”

The breath­tak­ing 18-hole Nick­laus-de­sign par-72 cham­pi­onship course is home to one of the only two in Panama and is man­aged by the world’s largest golf man­age­ment com­pany, Troon. De­signed within a sea­side com­mu­nity, the Bue­naven­tura’s golf course in­cor­po­rates the sur­round­ing wa­ter and lush en­vi­ron­ment within its 123 acres. With more than 110 unique wa­ter bunkers set around the course and 300 ma­ture Corotu trees strate­gi­cally placed through­out the land­scape, the golf course pro­vides both a stun­ning at­mos­phere and a chal­leng­ing game. Play­ers who ap­pre­ci­ate a dif­fi­cult hole will en­joy the course’s sig­na­ture hole 16, which is set be­tween two large Corotu trees that are chal­leng­ing to ma­neu­ver.

Those look­ing to take their swing to the next level can also take ad­van­tage of the driv­ing range with nu­mer­ous spots to hit from nat­u­ral grass along with a short game, 3-hole par 3 course, chip­ping and putting green for prac­tic­ing in be­tween games.

To plan a golf get­away at The Bue­naven­tura Golf & Beach Resort or for more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.the­bue­naven­tu­ra­ho­


PORT ST. LU­CIE, FL – PGA Golf Club – the PGA of Amer­ica’s premier 54-hole fa­cil­ity – will host the Red, White & YOU In­au­gu­ral Fair­way 5K Run / Walk on Sun­day, Dec. 16.

Open to ev­ery­one, the race be­gins at 6:45 a.m. with kick-off cer­e­monies. The 5K run / walk be­gins at 7 a.m., and a post-race cel­e­bra­tion starts at 8 a.m. En­try is $25 for those reg­is­ter­ing be­fore Oct. 31, and $30 for regis­trars af­ter Oct. 31. Cost in­cludes pos­trace snacks and a race T-shirt.

All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit PGA HOPE (Help­ing Our Pa­tri­ots Every­where), the flag­ship mil­i­tary pro­gram of the PGA of Amer­ica’s char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion PGA REACH. The year-round pro­gram in­tro­duces golf to vet­er­ans while en­hanc­ing their men­tal, so­cial, phys­i­cal and emo­tional well-be­ing. PGA HOPE also helps vet­er­ans as­sim­i­late back into their com­mu­nity through the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion of golf.

Reg­is­tra­tion for race can be done on­line, and race pack­ets can be picked up at Fleet Feet in Stu­art, Fla., on Dec. 14 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., and at PGA Golf Club on the 15th. Red, White & YOU In­au­gu­ral Fair­way 5K Run / Walk spon­sor­ship and do­na­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able. For in­for­ma­tion about the event, visit the event’s Face­book page or con­tact Heidi Geiser at hgeis[email protected] or 772-783-2019.

The Red, White & YOU In­au­gu­ral Fair­way 5K Run / Walk fol­lows the Red, White & You Char­ity Golf Event, which oc­curs on Dec. 9. Open to all golfers, the entertaining fundraiser starts with open­ing cer­e­monies at 8:15 a.m. This will be fol­lowed by a scram­ble com­pe­ti­tion (with di­vi­sions) at 9 a.m. A post-event cel­e­bra­tion will be­gin at 2 p.m. En­try for PGA Golf Club mem­bers, PGA Pro­fes­sion­als and ac­tive or re­tired mil­i­tary is $85. Cost for guests of mem­bers and the pub­lic is $110. Break­fast, lunch, golf prizes and tax are in­cluded.

“The in­au­gu­ral 5K Red, White & YOU Fair­way 5K Run / Walk per­fectly com­ple­ments the char­ity golf event that oc­curs a week prior, and ben­e­fits a great cause in PGA HOPE,” says Di­rec­tor of Golf Op­er­a­tions Jeremy Wier­nasz. “We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to at­tend and support our vet­er­ans.”

Known as the “Ul­ti­mate Golf Resort Des­ti­na­tion,” PGA Golf Club is home to three highly-dec­o­rated cour­ses de­signed by renowned ar­chi­tects Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye.

For more in­for­ma­tion about PGA Golf Club, visit www.pgav­il­

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