- play in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side.
Compare medal play.
Origin of match play
First recorded in 1885–90
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The old maxim that if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing well, applies with tremendous force to match-play golf.The Happy Golfer
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