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Golf Slang

Eagle, birdie, par, bogey? These terms might seem strange to the average person, but they are part of average golfer's vernacular. If you plan on hitting the links, we recommend browsing the list below. It includes all the basic golf terms as well as some of informal slang used on the course by those of us not quite at the PGA level.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
AceHole in one
SquirrelTee shot into the rough
Grand SlamFour major golf tournaments
HonorsHit first from the tee in golf
MulliganRedo
On the screwsHard hit
Texas wedgePutt from off the green
Victory lapGolf ball that spins around the hole then falls in
AlbatrossThree strokes under par
RainmakerHigh trajectory golf shot
SnowmanGolf score of 8
HangmanGolf score of 9
Die in the holeGolf shot that makes it to the hole and falls in
Inward nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Back-door puttPutt that spins around a hole and drops in
Danny DeVitoFive foot putt
GimmeEasy golf putt
Worm burnerVery low golf shot
DropA ball dropped from a golfer's outstretched arm
Front nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Scratch golferA golfer with a handicap of zero
BirdieOne stroke under par
Ready golfGolfers hit when ready
ParNumber of strokes to complete a golf course hole
EagleTwo strokes under par
ForeWatch out
Outward nineFirst nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
Double eagleThree strokes under par
Nip itHit a golf ball cleanly
Pin-seekerGolf shot hit straight at the flagstick
NukedHit a golf ball a great distance
Nineteenth holeGolf clubhouse bar
Dogleg leftA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the left
ShankTo hit the ball poorly
Joe PesciA difficult five foot putt
OBOut-of-bounds
HandicapNumerical score that represents a golfer's ability
Back nineLast nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
ChunkA golf shot that makes a divot
ReloadTo take another shot after a bad shot
DoglegA golf hole with a fairway that bends
BotoxPutt that lips out of the hole
The turnHalfway point of a round of golf
CupHole
MickelsonTo hit a golf ball while it is still moving
Dogleg rightA golf hole with a fairway that has a bend to the right
Double doglegA golf hole with a fairway that has two bends
Fat shotA golf shot that takes a chunk out of the ground
BogeyOne stroke over par
Double bogeyTwo strokes over par
Triple bogeyThree strokes over par
Quail highVery low golf shot
Abominable snowmanGolf score of 9
Alec GuinnessOut-of-bounds
Amelia EarhartGolf shot that looks good but you can't find
Afraid of the darkPutt that doesn't go in the hole
Sunday ballA do-over golf shot
TesterA putt that tests a golfer's skill
VelcroSlow green
Bare lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Tight lieA golf ball laying directly on the ground
Bogey golfLevel of golf play that equals 1 shot over par
Saddam HusseinGolf shot from one bunker into another bunker
Shotgun startGolfers are sent to each hole to start at the same time
Sand baggerA golfer who plays better than he claims
DivotChunk of grass and soil
James JoycePutt that is hard to read