Originated in fifteenth century Scotland, golf is a club and ball sport in which players use different golf clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course. The objective of the game is to put shoot balls with as few strokes as possible. While men are usually seen playing the sport, a number of women are also seriously engaging in golf on a professional level. In fact, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world. Famous golf tournaments include PGA, The Masters, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, U.S. Open and the British Open. Singapore's Tanah Merah Country Club and SMBC Singapore Open are tournaments worth watching.
Famous male golfers include Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. Famous female golfers include Annika Sorenstam, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Nancy Lopez.
Unlike other ball games, gold does not utilize a standardized playing area. The game is played on a course with an arranged progression of 18 holes. Each hole on the course must contain a tee box to start from, and a putting green containing the actual hole or cup (4.25 inches in width). There are other standard forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough (long grass), sand traps, and hazards (water, rocks, fescue) but each hole on a course is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.
Golf is played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes in a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at all levels.
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