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Rules of Golf simplified

Golf is perhaps the most laid back sports of the world. Yet it can give your body the best exercise. Golf is played with a ‘club’ and a ball and you can compete with any number of players by hitting the balls into a series of holes on the golf course. The person who hits the ball into a hole with the fewest numbers of shots wins.

The definition of the rules for the game of the Golf as per Wikipedia is, “Playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance to the Rules.”

Golf is, perhaps, one of those few games of the world which does not need a standardized playing field. Generally a game of golf consists 18 holes. Each hole has to start with a tee box.

Rules of Golf simplifiedEvery hole has pre-decided strokes in which the player has to put the ball in the hall and according to strokes played from the tee to the hole the final score is decided. The number of strokes is decided on the basis of the length between the tee and the hole, that means longer the distance, more the strokes allowed. These strokes vary from 3, 4 or 5.

A single hole is divided in three parts, Tee, Fairway and Green.

The final stroke which has allowed the ball into the hole is also given interesting terms, which are Eagle, Birdie, Par, Boggy and Double Boggy respectively.

Eagle (or hole in one)

If a player hits a ball from the tee and it goes into the hole on the very first attempt that shot is called a birdie. Normally a birdie is possible on a hole where the distance is small and 3 strokes are decided from the tee to the hole. In other words, if there are 3 strokes allowed and a player hits the hole on the very first stroke he/she earns an ‘Eagle’ with the score of -2.


Similar to ‘Eagle’ but a one stroke less than what is allowed in a particular hole. For example, if a particular hole is to be won by 4 strokes and a player wins it in 3 strokes, then according to the ‘golfing terminology’ the player has earned a ‘Birdie’.


When a player matches the strokes allowed to make a hole from the tee. In other words, if there are 4 strokes allowed to hit the hole from the tee box and a player does exactly that then the his score for that particular hole is ‘Par’.


If a player takes an extra shot than what he or she is allowed to from the tee to the hole, then his score for that particular hole will be called a ‘Bogey’. In other words, it is an opposite term to ‘Birdie’. On the scorecard it will be +1 for the player who has faulted.

Double Bogey

Two extra strokes than what it is allowed then the player ‘earns’ ‘Double Bogy’ and +2 will be added to the score of the player in fault.

More the strokes played more the bogeys will be added, like double or triple bogey.


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