Golf Idioms

Golf is a game of Scottish origin in which each player uses clubs to hit a small ball into a series of holes on a golf course, which usually has eighteen holes. Players compete individually or in teams, playing the golf course in groups of two, three or four persons. There are two basic forms of play: match play and stroke play. In match play the player who wins the most holes wins the game. In stroke play the player who has the fewest strokes wins the game. It is an expensive sport.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be below or above the standard set for a hole on a golf course
Sentence 1
He was below the par of four on that hole. He was two strokes above par on that hole.
Meaning 2
to do worse (below par or not up to par) or better (abovepar) than usual
Sentence 2
His performance was below par that night. That business presentation was above par. Good job!
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the golf ball into the hole with one stroke
Sentence 1
On the ninth hole he hit a hole in one.
Meaning 2
to succeed the first time
Sentence 2
He got a hole in one with that sale. He sold a house in ten minutes.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a standard for a hole on the golf course
Sentence 1
This is a par three hole. Seventy-two strokes is par for this course.
Meaning 2
what is expected of someone
Sentence 2
he missed the train, again. That is par for the course.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be equal for all competitors, to have no handicap
Sentence 1
He is a scratch golfer in this tournament.
Meaning 2
to be equal
Sentence 2
We are scratch players in this deal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to place a golf ball on a tee to be hit
Sentence 1
He teed it up on 9th hole and hit a hole in one.
Meaning 2
To begin something
Sentence 2
Tee it up. Begin your part of the presentation.