REVEALED: The golf terms that leave most American enthusiasts baffled
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.thebuenaventurahotel.com.
PGA GOLF CLUB TO HOST ‘RED, WHITE & YOU’ INAUGURAL FAIRWAY 5K RUN/ WALK
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] pgahq.com 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.pgavillage.com.