Par Of The Links: A blog about golf related terms/ sayings.
– Birdie: One under Par
– Bogey: One over Par
– Eagle: Two under Par
– Double Bogey: Two over Par…
A blog about golf related terms/ sayings. In golf, as in life, there are few things as important as the ability to keep a level head. Whether it is in the heat of battle or when you are on the course with your boss; it’s vital to keep cool and maintain a certain level of calmness.
To do this, you need to be able to control your emotions and not sweat the small stuff. Stay calm in the face of adversity and don’t let the little things get to you. The last thing you want is to throw away a good round because you didn’t keep your cool.
The most important thing to remember is that golf is just a game; it’s supposed to be fun! So have fun out there, enjoy yourself, but also remember to relax and not take things too seriously. If you can learn how to do that then you will start playing better golf than ever before!
Par of the Links is a blog that features definitions, origin, and examples of golf terms. We attempt to cover all terms related to the game of golf. Please submit any terms that you would like us to feature on our blog. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
So, you’re a golfer, and you’re invited to play in a tournament or to join a group of buddies on the links.
The first thing you want to know is what the event will cost. The second is what the “Par Of The Links” you’ll be playing is. Then, you think about something else: What’s with all this “links” talk? Why don’t they just say golf course?
Well, now that you mention it…
Why does everyone call golf courses links?
Simply put, because golf was born on the links, and it’s where the game has always been played.
A link was an old Scottish word for a sandy ridge connecting a body of water to higher land. On those ridges people often grazed their sheep, and since sheep love to eat grass, there wasn’t much growing vegetation on them. This made them perfect for walking and playing games like football (soccer) and shinty (a form of field hockey).
Golf is a game of numbers. We, as golfers, are constantly comparing numbers to other numbers. We also spend an inordinate amount of time talking about these numbers. This is especially true on the course and in the 19th hole.
There is a lot to talk about in golf, but so often we hear the same terms, sayings, and phrases over and over again. They become part of our lexicon and stick with us for years and years.
The purpose of this blog is to explain some of these common golf terms and sayings that you may hear all the time but have never really thought about what they mean or where they came from.
I welcome any feedback, questions or suggestions you may have! Enjoy!
The term ‘links’ is used to describe a type of golf course. Links courses are typically found in coastal areas where the land is too sandy and windswept for ordinary agricultural or pastoral uses. A links course usually consists of a number of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, a fairway, the rough and other hazards and a green with a flagstick (“pin”) and hole (“cup”).
Links courses have a unique character. They are often on linksland, which is common grassland containing sandy soil, few nutrients and natural grasses. The wind-blown turf leads to firm and fast fairways and rough. Few trees exist on links courses because it is difficult for trees to survive in the salt-laden air near the coast, although some do exist where there is less exposure to salt spray. Links courses tend to be public facilities, unlike most parkland courses which are more commonly private clubs.
Links courses share many features with other types of golf course such as parkland courses or heathland courses but differ in their coastal location and the fact that they have few, if any, water hazards.
A golf course is the grounds where the game of golf is played. It comprises a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, a fairway, the rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick (“pin”) and hole (“cup”).