Golf Terminology Origin

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Origins of Golf Terminology
While it is humorous, it is not true that the word Golf is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. The word “golf” actually comes from the past term for ‘club’. The earliest known mention of the word golf was in 1457 when King JamesⅡtried to ban “ye golf” in order to have more focused on Archery practice (Bogey para 5-9). However, the term golf, defind as we know it, was originated in Scotland. The term was used for the game Scottish shepherds used for knocking stones into rabbit holes with sticks in an area now known as St. Andrews Golf club (Golf para 22). Golf has since developed into a complex game of trying to hit a tiny ball into a tiny hole with as few strokes as possible. This game has become one
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The meaning of Par, as a golf term, is the score a player is expected to obtain on a hole. This term emerged from the stock exchange word for normal. In the year 1911, the United States Golf Association (USGA) made holes with certain yardages ‘pars’. The USGA made holes up to 225 yards, par threes, meaning the player has to make the ball in the hole with three stocks. They made holes 225 to 425 yards par fours and 426 to 600 yards par fives. The Ladies Golf Association put into place the handicap for women, which gave ladies a more appropriate distance to hit the ball (Bogey para 9-11). Now every hole on a golf course has a par. Many players use the phrases ‘one over par’ or ‘one under par’ to describe the score they received that was not exactly par.
Bogey is a term used in golf to describe the players score as ‘one over par’ on a hole (Waggle para 22). This term was originated in england around the late 19th century. During a match at Yarmouth Club, Mr. CA Wellman told Dr. Broenw, “This player of yours is a regular bogey man”. However back then the term bogey was more used as the word for par. Many people assume that Mr. CA Wllmans was referencing a very popular british song “Hush! Hush! Hush! Here Comes the Bogey Man”. After that in the 20th Century many people started to accept the word par for a ‘normal score’ and bogey ‘one over par’
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(PGA para 6). An albatross is a very rare score to receive and an albatross is actually the name of a really large bird. Although it looks like golf is getting repetitive with their terms being named after winged animals, that is not the case. Albatross was first made public as an official golf term when the word was used for the introduction of the steel shafted clubs by John G Ridland in 1920. The first time the term was used for scoring was in 1931 when E E Wooler got a hole in one on a par fore and he recorded his score has an Albatross (Bogey para 32). Most people today just use the phrase “Double eagle” in substitution for convenience to

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