Definition of golf in English:



  • 1A game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to use the fewest possible strokes to complete the course.

    • ‘You'll be able to watch live premiership games, basketball, golf, cricket, and all sorts.’
    • ‘A man was playing a game of golf, and on hole 16, he hit the ball right into a field of buttercups.’
    • ‘Again, the redesigned facility will produce an area that you will enjoy after a tiring game of golf.’
    • ‘As we tiptoed around those final two holes, the thought occurred that, truly, golf is a great game.’
    • ‘Following the school visit, a friendly game of golf was played at the Eastern Star Golf Club.’
    • ‘Ladies' club golf may be in decline overall, but the professional game is booming.’
    • ‘There are a lot of kids out there now in college golf and in high-school golf who hit the ball further than I do.’
    • ‘Nothing is more important on a golf course than golf and there is no place for cellphones!’
    • ‘He was revealed to have gone off for a game of golf at a time when he should have been engaged in important government negotiations.’
    • ‘He loved above all the game of golf and he had many mates at the local club.’
    • ‘It was my first game of golf in twenty-seven months and my eldest grandson Alan aged ten was my partner.’
    • ‘The flagstick is an important part of the game of golf and is covered by Rule 17 in the Rules of Golf.’
    • ‘Practice is a very important part of the game of golf - just as it's an important part of any game.’
    • ‘He became captain of the cricket club and Maldon Golf Club and continued playing golf into his 70s.’
    • ‘Dean looks forward to the day when he can walk out on the course and play the game of golf.’
    • ‘He enjoys nothing more than going to school, playing golf and watching football games.’
    • ‘In his younger years he played in Haworth Band and also played golf at Riddlesden Golf Club.’
    • ‘Another choice is a game of golf at either of the two nearby 18-hole courses.’
    • ‘One of the scariest problems in golf is when the ball crazily turns to either the right or left.’
    • ‘Unlike a lot of other sports, golf is a game that can be enjoyed well into your senior years.’
  • 2A code word representing the letter G, used in radio communication.


  • Play golf.

    ‘a week's golfing’
    • ‘Our dads golfed together, our mothers shopped together and Max and I found friendship in each other.’
    • ‘Later he curled and golfed and took up playing pool when his illness prevented participation in other sports.’
    • ‘I worked out with him when I got older, and we golfed together.’
    • ‘Gladstone agreed that golf-art collectors are people who golf or who know someone who golfs.’
    • ‘There is also going to be some day trips and golfing and I can guarantee plenty of fun in the sun.’
    • ‘The local area also allows for golfing, distillery visits, hill-walking and pony trekking.’
    • ‘The aim of the championship golf tournament is to promote youth golfing in the region.’
    • ‘The idea behind pasture golf is golfing without all the pomp and circumstance.’
    • ‘He plays pool well, he golfs well, and there's no question he bowled well.’
    • ‘Perhaps, for a spell, golfing became less relevant, but that kind of thing is to be expected.’
    • ‘He's pretty healthy, golfing almost every day, hanging out with his friends at night.’
    • ‘Jack's brother Arthur retired at the tender age of 76 two years ago to spend time golfing and fishing.’
    • ‘My Dad goes golfing and has a shandy in the clubhouse before arriving home at exactly 2pm for lunch.’
    • ‘It's been months, if not a year since the last time I golfed.’
    • ‘I golfed pretty decently, though not nearly as good as Adam.’
    • ‘I went golfing with my husband one time, and he told me I asked too many questions!’
    • ‘He enjoyed fishing and golfing, he spent many enjoyable hours with his grandchildren.’
    • ‘A lot of good scores were posted for the day as the weather stayed nice and comfortable for golfing.’
    • ‘None of my Austrian guests had ever golfed before, so a couple of days earlier we started with a few buckets of balls at the driving range, followed up by an indoor putting practice session on the carpet.’
    • ‘During Ralph's stay at Winchester his family moved from Essex to Norfolk, taking up residence in Weybourne, near Sheringham which was where the Fowlers golfed regularly.’


Late Middle English (originally Scots): perhaps related to Dutch kolf club, bat used as a term in several Dutch games; golf, however, is recorded before these games.