Golf Terms


Don’t worry, every golfer was once there. If you are just starting your golf journey, we got you covered. While it’s important to know common golf terms like birdie, bogey or par, there are a lot of other ones as well.

If common golf terms seem like a new language, you are going to want to keep reading. In this post, we will cover the most common golf terms for beginners. Plus, we will help you level up your golf vocabulary by learning common golf slang as well.

By the end of this post, you will have a great knowledge about different golf terms.

Why are golf terms important to understand?

It is essential to learn golf terminology as a golfer or even if you are watching the game on television. You will understand the game better if you are familiar with the terms that everyone is using.

It goes without saying that every golf coach must be familiar with golf terminology in order to provide their trainer with accurate information and advice about the game. So, you must understand what we are saying; if you are even remotely interested in golf, you should learn the terms used in the game.

Golf player going to hit

The most important golf term you must understand.

However, you already know how important it is to understand the various golf terms that are commonly used in this game. Let us begin with some well-known and noticeable fundamental golf terms.

1. PAR: 

The number of strokes required by a golfer to complete each individual hole. 

Par is the standard score for golf shots; golfers are expected to complete a hole. Almost all of the holes are par-3, par-4, or par-5. Some new golf courses are currently adding extra-long par-6 holes. Par, on the other hand, can be used as a collective term for any way a golfer can score over various holes.


Most golfers will never have the luck to make it. 

One of the most important terms in golf is “albatross,” which is a scoring term that describes when a golfer uses three strokes on a hole that is under par. There are only two ways to score a “albatross.”

To begin, you can play on a par-5 hole. Second, on a par-4, you can make a hole in one. That is extremely difficult to accomplish in a match. Many golfers have achieved the elusive albatross. However, the lists of golfers are relatively short, and they are very professional.


Teeing ground or teeing area. 

It is the section of the golf course where each golf hole begins. It is a small hook made of wood or plastic that is permitted to be used by a golfer when hitting a shot.

The tee box also represents the various starting points for each golfer by using different coloured tees based on gender and ability.


Supports the hole. 

The area on the golf course that ends with a green that surrounds each hole. The green (in golf) is the location of the flag and cup. The grass on the green is cut short enough to allow the ball to roll freely while the golfer is putting.


Two strokes under par on a hole. 

When golfers hit the golf ball far enough to reach the green in two strokes under par, they are said to have hit an eagle. It usually happens on a par-5, but it can also happen on a par-4. It is sometimes considered in a hole-in-one on a par-3.

Golf player hitting long shot


A one stroke under par score at a hole.

When you score one stroke under par on a hole, it is referred to as a birdie. Four shots on a par-5, for example, or three shots on a par-4. You are already aware that an albatross occurs infrequently when a player scores three points.

7. FORE 

Beware or heads up.

Fore is a word that a golfer shouts very loudly when he hits the golf ball and it flies toward another player who is very close to them. This word must be used by a golfer to warn them about their safety.


Closely gardened area.

This term refers to the area of the golf course between the tee box and the green where a golfer can make a way to gross the hole. Though the term “fairway” is not used in the golf rules, it is commonly used in the golf term.


Higher and thicker grass.

The rough area of the fairway is referred to on the golf course. You can also refer to the area surrounding the fairway, tee box, and green. This section is longer and thicker than the fairway.

10. Ace

A hole in one or hole-in-one.

The term “ace” can be defined in one word: a hole-in-one. When a golfer only needs one shot to put the ball in the hole, this term is used.


A shot, on the other hand, is one in which more time is spent

A shot that is shorter than a standard swing but longer than a flawed attempt. It usually happens within 50 metres.

12. PUTT: 

A golf stroke 12

A putt shot played on the green with a putter. It also indicates when you are on the green and using your putter. You can track the putts on a round-by-round basis.

Golf stick ball and golf hole


One stroke above par

When a golfer scores one over par, he or she is said to have made a bogey. A golfer will usually say, “I shoot bogey golf.” A bogey is when a golfer finishes one shot over par, a double bogey is when the player finishes two shots over par, and a triple bogey is when the player finishes three shots over par, and so on.

For beginners, the golf term “Mulligan” is amusing.

This term is typically applied to recreational golfers who are new to the game. A mulligan occurs when a golfer re-hits the previous shot. This term is not permitted to be used during the tournament match. If you use it, you will be penalised.

14. SLICE 

Tendency to hit the golf ball to the right/left

Slice is the most popular golf term which uses when a golfer gives a shot that bends violently to the right for a right-handed golfer.


You are almost certainly aware that there are numerous golf terms on a golf course that every golfer must be familiar with in order to play. You will learn more terms from other golfers as you play with them. We have provided you with the most commonly used golf terms to help you enjoy the game more.