Golf Course - Miniputt Game
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Place your golf
ball in the most convenient spot on the dark green mat at the begining
of each hole. Click to drop the ball and move the mouse away from
the direction you wish to shoot; a yellow line will show the direction
and power of the shot. Click to shoot the golf ball.
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is a outdoor game where each player plays his own small ball into
a hole using various clubs, or, as defined in the Rules of Golf:
"The Game of Golf consists in playing a ball from the teeing
ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance
with the Rules."
of a golf course
Golf is played by holes. It should be noted that "hole"
can mean either the actual hole in the ground into which the ball
is played, or the whole area from the teeing ground (an area of
specially prepared grass from where a ball is first hit) to the
putting green (the area around the actual hole in the ground). Most
golf courses consist of 9 or 18 holes. (The "19th hole"
is the colloquial term for the bar at a club house) For the shortest
holes a good player requires only one stroke to hit the ball to
the green. On longer holes the green is too far away to reach it
with the first stroke, so that one or more strokes are played from
the fairway (where the grass is cut so low that most balls can be
easily played) or from the rough (uncut grass or ground not prepared
Many holes include
hazards, namely bunkers (or sand traps), from which the ball is
more difficult to play than from grass, and water hazards (lakes,
ponds, rivers, etc). Special rules apply to playing balls that come
to rest in a hazard which make it highly undesirable to play a ball
into one. For example, a player must not touch the ground in a hazard
with a club prior to playing a ball, not even for a practice swing.
A ball in a water hazard may be played as it lies or may be replaced
by dropping another ball outside the water, but a penalty is incurred
in the latter case.
The grass of
the putting green is cut very short so that a ball can roll over
distances of several meters, and "to putt" indeed means
to play a stroke on the green where the ball does not leave the
ground. The hole must have a diameter of 4 1/4 inches (108 mm) and
a depth of at least 4 inches (101.6 mm). Its position on the green
is not static and may be changed from day to day. This hole on the
green has a flag on a pole positioned in it so that it may be seen
from some distance (but not necessarily from the tee). It is also
termed "the pin" and a hole is measured from the tee to
the pin, usually in yards.
of a course are marked as such, and beyond them is out of bounds,
that is, ground from which a ball must not be played. Special rules
apply to certain man-made things on the course (obstructions) and
to ground in abnormal condition.
Every hole is
classified by its par. The par of a hole is defined by the distance
from tee to green. Typical values for a par three hole range from
130 to 230 yards (120-210 m), a par four hole from 300 to 475 yards
(275-435 m), and a par five hole from 450 to 600 yards (410-550
m). Par is also the theoretical number of strokes that an expert
golfer should require for playing the ball into any given hole.
The expert golfer is expected to reach the green in two strokes
under par (in regulation) and then use two putts to get the ball
into the hole. Many 18-hole courses have approximately four par-three,
ten par-four, and four par-five holes. The total par of an 18-hole
course is usually around 72.
At most golf
courses there are additional facilities that are not part of the
course itself. Often there is a practice range, usually with practice
greens, bunkers, and a driving area (where long shots can be practiced).
There may even be a practice course (which is often easier to play
or shorter than other golf courses). A golf school is often associated
to a course or club.
of the game
Every game of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given
order. A round typically consists of 18 holes that are played in
the order determined by the course layout. On a nine-hole course,
a standard round consists of two successive nine-hole rounds.
walk (or sometimes drive) over the course in groups of two, three,
or four, sometimes accompanied by caddies who carry the players'
equipment and assist in playing. Each player has to play one ball
from the tee to the hole. Once every player has brought a ball into
play, it is always he or she whose ball is the farthest from the
hole who is to play next. When all players of a group have completed
the hole, that player who scored best on that hole has the honor,
i.e. the right and duty to tee off first on the next.
acts as marker for one other player in the group, that is, he or
she records the score on a score card. In stroke play (see below),
the score consists of the number of strokes played plus any penalty
The two basic
forms of playing golf are match play and stroke play. In match play,
two golfers (or two teams) play every hole as a separate contest
against each other. The party with the lower score wins that hole,
or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is
"halved" (drawn). The game is won by that party that wins
more holes than the other. In stroke play, every player (or team)
counts the total number of strokes for a set number of holes and
the party with the lower total score wins. There are many variations
of these basic principles, some of which are explicitly described
in the "Rules of Golf" and are therefore regarded "official".