For all its addictive power, golf is an easy game to quit – or to not pick up at all.
In the U.S., a regulation 18-hole round takes a minimum of four hours, not including getting to and from the course, warming up, and perhaps hitting the 19th hole for a drink or two. Add the expense of green and cart fees to the cost of equipment and you’ve got a considerable cash investment, too.
In other words, golf requires spending lots of time and money – two things most folks are short on these days.
The language of golf must seem awfully confusing to beginners. Gimmes? Mulligans? Yips?
What in the name of Daniel Webster are these people talking about?
Indeed, golf’s slang terms could nearly fill their own dictionary. We’ll stick with a compact glossary, assuming readers know basic terms like birdie, par and bogey.
Following is a handy guide to the lingo you’re likely to hear next time – or the first time – you venture onto the golf course.
The second weekend of April brings golf’s most prestigious event: The Masters Tournament. What makes the Masters so special? Well, pretty much… everything.
From its founding by legendary amateur Bobby Jones to its unmatched setting to the gripping back-nine drama that unfolds each year, the Masters boasts a tradition — as CBS loves to note — unlike any other. Here’s a rundown of the things that make the Masters so beloved by golf fans around the world.
Here we have a little help for those who are planning a golf holiday and they are searching for golf packages.
If there’s anything avid golfers love more than playing new courses, it’s traveling to play new courses. Preferably lots of them.
Golfers in the United States are blessed with dozens of hot spots – some hotter than others – offering scores of courses and resorts within an hours’ drive of each other. What’s more, these destinations cater to golfers with special package pricing, fairway-side lodging and other enticements.
The following locations lure traveling golfers by the thousands each year.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (about 100 golf courses)
- Palm Springs, California (about 110 golf courses)
- Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona (185 in the metro area)
- Orlando, Florida (more than 75)
- San Diego, California (more than 90)
- Palm Beach, Florida (about 150)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (about 55)
- Northern Michigan (more than 100)
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Most golfers pay little attention to who designed the courses they play. There’s a small but rabid sect, however, who are practically obsessed with the art of course architecture.
While these aficionados admire the works of legends like Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast, and appreciate such modern masters as Tom Doak, one architect elicits more reverence than any other: Alister MacKenzie.