Golf is a game that involves using a club to hit a small ball into a series of cups laid out on a course. If golf seems too difficult, you might try taking up miniature golf — with a short course and whimsical obstacles — instead.

Scotland is famous for its golf courses, and in fact the game was invented there during the 15th century. Golf comes from the Scottish gouf, an alteration of the Middle Dutch colf, "bat or club." The first known printed use of the word golf was in a statute banning the game — King James II believed that archery was more important and that golf was a distraction. Later monarchs enjoyed the game and lifted the ban.

Definitions of golf
  1. noun
    a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
    synonyms: golf game
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    professional golf
    playing golf for money
    round, round of golf
    the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
    medal play, stroke play
    golf scoring by total strokes taken
    match play
    golf scoring by holes won
    miniature golf
    a novelty version of golf played with golf balls and putters on a miniature course featuring many obstacles
    clock golf
    a form of golf in which you putt from positions arranged on the circumference of a circle around the hole
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    outdoor game
    an athletic game that is played outdoors
  2. verb
    play golf
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    participate in games or sport
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