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It is no secret that a lot of people struggle to understand some golf’s basic terminologies which can make learning the game difficult. With golf’s major tournaments teeing off this month, we decided to create a guide on golf terminologies. If you want to wager on the players and predict who will win, then you can find here the latest odds on the biggest golf events.

Tee box

The tee box is the starting point for each hole on a golf course, this is where a player places his/her golf ball on a tee and strikes it for the first time.

A tee box also has different colour markers denoting the areas for the golfer to tee off from.

Golfers must hit their first shot from the tee box, if a golfer tees off outside of the tee box it will result in a penalty.

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If the tee box is the starting point for each hole, then the green is the ending point. The hole is located on the green and it’s a golfer’s objective to hit the ball as close to the green with each shot.

Once upon the green, golfers begin putting moving the ball a shorter distance into the hole. A green can vary in size and shape, challenging players on each hole.

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Par is the number of shots it should take a golfer to finish a hole, for example a par 5 means a golfer should complete the hole in no more than 5 shots.

A golfer who finishes the hole in fewer shots would complete it below par and if a player finished the hole in six or more shots, he/she would be above par. Golf course holes range between par 3 and par 5 with most golf course holes being par 4.

Birdie, Eagle, and Albatross

Birdie, eagle, and albatross are all terms that explain a golfer’s score on a hole. A birdie occurs when a golfer scores one under par on a hole. An eagle happens when a golfer scores two under par and an albatross happens when a golfer scores three shots under par. An albatross is the rarest of the three scores.


While birdie, eagle and Albatross are used when a golfer finishes a hole under par, bogey is used when the hole is finished above par. Depending on how many shots over par it takes a golfer to finish a hole, they could achieve a double-bogey or triple bogey.

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These basic golf terms should help newbies understand the sport whether it be playing or just spectating using these terms allows you to speak more intelligently about the game.