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About Golf

Golf is a sport in which players use a club to hit a ball into a series of holes on a course, using the fewest number of strokes.

Golf does not require a standardized playing area. Traditional golf is played on a course which has an arranged progression of nine or eighteen holes. The holes need to contain a tee box to start from, and finish with a green containing the hole. There may be hazards such as trees, sand bunkers and water holes.

Golf is usually played for the lowest number of strokes by the golfer - known as stroke play. Golf can also be played using match play rules, with scoring based on the lowest score on the most individual holes during a complete round.

The common scores for a stroke are: -4 or condor, which means four strokes under par; -3 or albatross, which means three strokes under par; -2 or eagle, which mans two strokes under par; -1 or birdie, which means one stroke under par; E or Par, which means equal to par; +1 or bogey, which means one stroke over par; +2 or double boogey, which mean two strokes over par; and +3 or triple boogey which means three strokes over par.

Golf Variations

There are many variations from the standard well-known traditional sport of golf, often the difference is the course length and location.

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Golf with different balls

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