BASIC DESCRIPTION

Golf is a popular sport in Singapore both for leisure and competition. The main purpose of the game is to propel a ball with the use of iron and wood clubs into a cup located on the green with the least number of strokes. The game is played on a golf course and generally consists of an arranged progression of either 9 or 18 "holes”. Players practice their skills at driving ranges, chipping and putting greens. To successfully accomplish the movement of the ball from the tee, over the hazards and out of the rough to the green requires skill and provides much satisfaction to golfers.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

The rules of golf are standardised internationally and are jointly governed by The R & A and the USGA. The underlying principle of the rules is fairness. Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you are not able to do either, do what is fair. (Click here to read more)In addition to the officially print rules (which can be found here http://www.randa.org/en/Playing-Golf/Quick-Guide-to-the-Rules.aspx), the majority of golfers also abide by a set of guidelines called golf etiquette. Etiquette guidelines cover matters such as safety, fairness, pace of play and a player’s obligation to contribute to the care of the course. Though there are no penalties for breach of etiquette rules, players generally follow the rules of golf etiquette.

 

Fun fact - Golf is the only sport ever to be played on the moon. On the 6th of February, 1971, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while on the lunar surface.

Fun fact - The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million

 

SCORING

Each hole on the course is classified by its par and assigned a par value usually between 3-5 strokes. This is often based on the number of strokes a skilled golfer would require to get the ball in to the hole. A golfer’s handicap is usually expressed as the difference between the player’s number of strokes and the par score. A hole in one occurs when a golfer sinks his ball into the cup with the first stroke from the tee.

Penalties are incurred in certain situations. They are counted towards a player’s score as if there were extra swing (s) at the balls. Strokes are added for rule infractions or for hitting one’s ball into an unplayable situation.

 

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WHAT TO WEAR

  • Most golf courses require golfers to wear a collared shirt
  • Long pants, or shorts (females can wear shorts)
  • Sport shoes may be allowed at the driving ranges but only golf shoes are allowed on the golf course and putting greens

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  • Golf clubs (This may be available for rent)
  • Golf bag
  • Golf balls (At least six balls, more for new players)
  • Wooden tees
  • A golf glove (left hand glove for a right handed player) or sometimes a pair of golfing gloves (for ladies)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED

  • Sunglasses
  • Visor