Meaning of “golf” in the English Dictionary

"golf" in British English

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golfnoun [ U ]

uk /ɡɒlf/ us /ɡɑːlf/

A2 a game played outside on grass in which each player tries to hit a small ball into a series of nine or 18 small holes, using a long, thin stick:

We often play a round (= game) of golf at the weekend.

More examples

  • Our golf club is run by a very unfriendly clique (of people).
  • Susan is playing golf every day to try to improve her game.
  • My current golf handicap is nine.
  • My golf was terrible today - I just didn't strike the ball well.
  • The membership fees at the golf club are pretty steep.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈɡɒl.fər/ us /ˈɡɑːl.fɚ/

He's one of the highest-earning professional golfers in the world.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡɒl.fɪŋ/ us /ˈɡɑːl.fɪŋ/

a golfing holiday

(Definition of “golf” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"golf" in American English

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golfnoun [ U ]

us /ɡɑlf, ɡɔlf/

a game in which players use a set of sticks to hit small, round, hard balls into a series of nine or 18 small holes on an area of grassy land using as few hits as possible:

Do you play golf?
noun [ C ] us /ˈɡɑl·fər, ˈɡɔl-/

a professional golfer

(Definition of “golf” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)