Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms 

Ace- A score of 1 on a hole. 

Albatross- A score of 3 under par on a hole. 

Banker- Individual match play competition where the designated banker has a match against each of the other players. The banker is the player who holed out first with the lowest score on the previous hole, typically the banker is set on the first hole by flipping a tee. 

Birdie- A score of 1 under par on a hole.  

Bogey- A score of 1 over par on a hole. 

Cash (Side Game)- Track the amount won and lost for players on each hole. The total amount won and lost on each hole must net to $0, meaning if there are two players and a player won $5 then the other player must lose $5.

Challenge- Players chose from the available formats offered and play with or against one another to win the established entry fee.  

Course Handicap- An adjustment to a player’s handicap for a specific course.  

Double Bogey- A score of 2 over par on a hole.  

Dots/Trash- Dots may be awarded to players for any number of agreed upon performance results on a hole. Example: Greenies, Sandies, Birdies, Chip-Ins, etc...

Eagle- A score of 2 under par on a hole.  

Event- An organized playing of 1 or more rounds.  

Gross- Unadjusted score or strokes before the application of a handicap.  

Hammer- At any point during the playing of a hole, a player or team can announce they would like to “hammer.” In response the opposing team or player can chose to accept the hammer, which would double the entry fee for the given hole or decline the hammer which immediately forces them to forfeit the hole and entry fee.  

Handicap- Using formulas or calculations a player’s “handicap” is the difference between a player’s scores and a predetermined standard.  

League- A community or group of players. Allows members to organize events or challenges. 

Match Play- Score is counted by holes won rather than strokes taken.  

Net- Score after the application of a handicap.  

Nine Point- A challenge type for groups of three players. There are 9 total points available on each hole. The player with the lowest score on a hole is awarded 5 points. The player with the middle score on a hole is awarded 3 points. The player with the highest score on a hole is awarded 1 point. The player with the highest point total at the end of the round is the winner of the challenge.  

Par- The number of strokes a scratch player would be expected to score on a hole (or course). Every hole has a “par.” 

Press- Implementation of an additional entry fee for a challenge on top of the preexisting fee. A “press” only applies to the holes which remain once the press is initiated.  

Round- A full playing of usually 9 or 18 holes. 

Score- The total number of strokes a player takes to complete a hole or course.  

Skins- A game or challenge type where entries are placed on each hole. The player with the lowest score on a hole wins the entries of the other players. If no one player has the lowest score on a hole the entry carries over to the next hole.  

Stableford- A game type where a player bases their score off a total number of points rather than a total number of strokes. A par rewards 0 points, a birdie 2 points, an eagle 5 points, an albatross 8 points, a bogey -1 points, and a double bogey or worse -3 points. The player with the highest point total wins the challenge.  

Stroke Play- A game type where the total number of strokes taken determines the winner of that challenge. The player with the lowest total strokes taken wins the challenge.  

Team Best Ball- A game type where teams are formed. The lowest score (on a hole or for the round depending on if it is match play or stroke play) from each team is taken to determine the winner.  

Triple Bogey- A score of 3 over par on a hole.  

Vegas- A game where you join the team player's scores together on each hole for the team's score. Example: a team with player scores of 4 and 5 have a team score of 45 for the hole. The team player scores are appended together in order by lowest to highest.

Wheel- Playing based off the lowest handicapped player’s index to determine the number of strokes given to the other players.  

Wolf- A challenge type for 4 or 5 players where the designated “wolf” hits their tee shot before the other players and can decide to play alone (lone wolf) or with another player.  

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