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Golfing Terms - Darwin Escapes

Understanding Common Golfing Terms with Darwin Escapes

If you are a newcomer to the game or have just encountered some new golfing terms but are too embarrassed to ask anyone what it means, then let us come to your aide.

We aim to bring you the meaning behind common golfing terms which may prove baffling if you don’t have prior knowledge of the sport. The aim we have is to ensure that our much loved sport is as inclusive as possible, with no one excluded regardless of their age or gender.

So browse through some golfing terms which often prove baffling to newcomers to the game below:



Common Golfing Terms

What is a links golf course?

A Links golf course is one which is situated on a plot of land which is between the coast and an inland agricultural area. It will traditionally feature sand dunes and an undulating course surface.

This is the oldest style of golf course types and originated in Scotland in the 15th century where the Gaelic translation of the word “links” basically means “rising ground”.

We have a one of the best links golf courses in Scotland in our portfolio – Dundonald Links. This is situated in Ayrshire which is one of the birthplaces of the traditional links golf course and still today this day remains one of the most popular destinations with golf players globally.

Where was Golf first played?

Golf was first played in Scotland in the 15th century.

Certain plots of land owned by local farmer which were deemed useless for agricultural purposes on account of the undulating surface and dunes was turned into a sporting challenge instead so that the land still served a purpose as far as revenue was concerned.

The original golf courses were deemed Links golf courses, with the word “links” basically meaning “rising ground” in the traditional Scottish Gaelic language.

How are Stableford points calculated in golf?

When using the Stableford scoring system, a player is awarded points based on their performance in relation to a fixed score on an individual hole. Most often this will be their score in relation to the par on that particular hole.

Handicaps should be taken into consideration when calculating scores, with handicaps added by hole rather than being added to the overall total at the end of the round.

Golf players with the highest number of points will be deemed the winner when using the Stableford scoring system.

What are golf caddies?

A golf caddy is a person who acts as a coach, providing advice and providing support to the player.

Golf caddies will traditionally have an in-depth knowledge of the golf course being played so that they can help the player achieve their optimum performance.

In addition to this, golf caddies will normally carry the players golf clubs and bag whilst they play the course.

What is an AW golf club?

An AW golf club is otherwise known as an Approach Wedge or Gap Wedge.

It is the golf club which sits between a pitching and sand wedge.

If you are looking to take a shot where the required distance is less than that accommodated by a pitching wedge but more than what is possible with a sand wedge, then this is the type of club you will need.

Have We Missed Something?

Have we missed out a golfing term which has left you bewildered?

Then feel free to get in touch with our golfing experts using the quick and simple online form below. We will aim to get back to you with an answer as quickly as possible.

You can also use the form to ask about any three of our world class golf resorts which includes Dundonald Links in Scotland, The Springs golf course in Oxfordshire and the Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club in Yorkshire.

Regardless of whether you are looking for a single day of golf, a golfing break or live in the local area and would like to become a member at one of our golf clubs, we can provide you with assistance.

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