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Golf Terms for Golf Spouses

Anyone who is married, or about to get married, to a golf fanatic may well wonder why their wedding didn't actually take place on a public golf course. That's how absolutely devoted golfers are to their sport. For the spouses of serious golfers the game, and its accompanying vocabulary can be very confusing. But there's no reason to call off the wedding because you think you'll never understand the difference between a 7 iron and pitching wedge. Just memorize some the following key golf terms to help you fit in at any public or private course. Ace - The fabled hole in one. This is what happens when a golfer sinks the ball in the hole in a single shot.

  • Approach Shot - The shot when a golfer is attempting to get their ball on the green. Birdie - Sinking the ball in the hole in one shot under par.
  • Irons - Refers to the clubs that are used for relatively short shots with an iron or steel head. The basic equipment needed for a par 3 course is a 7 iron and putter.
  • Miniature Golf - This is golf for the less serious minded golfer, and his kids. A miniature golf course is all about putting the ball through a variety of silly obstacles.
  • Online Reservations - Before the internet, golfers would have to call in advance to reserve a tee time. These days most public courses have some sort of online reservation system. But golf is a game of tradition, so don't count on finding this everywhere.
  • Woods - Woods are clubs with a wooden head used for hitting the ball great distances. If you're shopping for basic golf equipment you'll need woods, irons and a putter.
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    Athens Country Club
    7606 Country Club Rd, Athens, OH 45701
    (740) 592-1655
    Elm Golf Course
    3950 Ladd Ridge Rd, Athens, OH 45701
    (740) 592-3567
    Forest Hills Golf Course
    6484 S State Route 78, Glouster, OH 45732
    (740) 767-4623
    Riverside Golf Club
    1661 Adamsville Rd, Mason, WV 25260
    (304) 773-5354
    Brass Ring Golf Club
    14371 State Route 328, Logan, OH 43138
    (740) 385-0079
    Brass Ring Golf Club
    14405 Country Club Ln, Logan, OH 43138
    (740) 385-3806
    Oxbow Golf & Country Club Inc
    500 Saint Andrews Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714
    (740) 423-6771
    South Hills Golf Club
    1253 Gihon Rd, Parkersburg, WV 26101
    (304) 422-8381
    Perry Country Club
    5111 State Route 13 Ne, New Lexington, OH 43764
    (740) 342-1781
    Minibel Golf Course
    2701 1st Ave, Vienna, WV 26105
    (304) 295-7711
    Windy Hills Golf Course
    10714 Jackson St, Rockbridge, OH 43149
    (740) 385-7886
    Woodridge Plantation
    301 Woodridge Dr, Mineral Wells, WV 26150
    (304) 489-1800
    Worthington Golf Club Ballroom
    3414 Roseland Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26104
    (304) 428-4297
    Franklin Valley Golf Course
    6954 Franklin Valley Rd, Jackson, OH 45640
    (740) 286-4903
    Fairgreens Golf Club
    1322 Country Club Rd, Jackson, OH 45640
    (740) 286-4242


    Chances are, there are a few golf courses in and around your community where you can perfect your putt. Public golf course grounds are open to the public, as opposed to private golf courses, where you need a membership to be allowed access. Anyone can play at a public golf course, but setting up tee times is usually recommended to secure a spot. Charges and greens fees vary. It depends on what time of day you play and whether you need a cart or not. Seasonal rates apply too. Most public golf courses feature 18 holes, although some feature nine holes. They also typically have driving ranges where golfers line up side by side to tee off onto a large open field, a great way to practice their swing. A wide-open grassy area showcases targets and yardage markers so you know just how far you hit the ball. Many local teams play tournaments and games at public golf courses on a regular basis. Sometimes, organizations and corporations hold team-building retreats at golf courses. People can rent a cart for easy jaunts between holes, or they can hire a caddy to transport their clubs. Many golf courses also offer putting greens for chipping and bunker practice, along with a clubhouse facility, restaurant, driving range, and pro shops. Typically, there's a golf pro on staff who offers lessons for those who want to learn the basics or just improve their technique. Golfing enthusiasts can learn more about a public golf course facility near them by hopping online, or asking friends for advice on the best places. If you're new to a town or city, seek out community resources like websites, libraries, and free community forums to learn where you can golf.
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