- a game in which clubs with wooden or metal heads are used to hit a small, white ball into a number of holes, usually 9 or 18, in succession, situated at various distances over a course having natural or artificial obstacles, the object being to get the ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter G.
- to play golf.
Origin of golf
Examples from the Web for golf
She takes a golf club, the country club equivalent of a Louisville slugger, and attacks his car.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned
November 10, 2014
Maybe just nine holes of golf after an American ISIS hostage is beheaded.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
So he turned around, and got in the back of the golf cart that was supposed to take him back to his car.Is John Mulaney the Next Seinfeld?
October 5, 2014
The Duke disappeared into a darkened side room, where he sat inches from a glowing television screen, gazing at golf.The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis: Remembering Lunch with 'Debo,' The Last Mitford Sister
September 27, 2014
No one is quoting Bible verses to explain why they play tennis or enjoy a good game of golf.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor
September 16, 2014
Officers in khaki came and talked to them about golf and gymkhanas.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Your mother, your uncle, one of your friends on the golf links?'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
From the swing at golf to the manner of lighting a match in the wind, this truism applies.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I play tennis in summer—when there is anyone to play with me—and golf, after a fashion.
As for the game of golf, my part of it, the least said the better.
- a game played on a large open course, the object of which is to hit a ball using clubs, with as few strokes as possible, into each of usually 18 holes
- (as modifier)a golf bag
- (intr) to play golf
- communications a code word for the letter g
Word Origin and History for golf
mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve "stick, club, bat," from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (cf. Old Norse kolfr "clapper of a bell," German Kolben "mace, club"). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games. Golf ball attested from 1540s. Despite what you read in an e-mail, "golf" is not an acronym .
c.1800, golf (n.). Related: Golfed; golfing.