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Informational Guide and Diagram of a golf course

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A golf course is a large  area of land improved with tees, greens, fairways, and hazards for desinged for playing the game. The course is divided into 9 or 18 holes. The first nine holes are called the “front nine” and the last nine holes are called the “back nine.” An average 18-hole course measures  between 5000 to 7000 yards in the length.  Golf courses vary substantially in design and difficulty and each hole on a course is different but there are areas that are common on all courses.  Every golfer should know and understand the purpose of these common areas.

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The Teeing Ground
This is the starting area for each hole on the golf course. Markers indicate where players are supposed to tee off. Players must tee off from between the markers and no further than two club lengths behind the markers

The Fairway: The fairway usually runs 30 - 50 yards wide and it is the part of the course where the ball is supposed to land before approaching the green.  It is made up of shorter, manicured grass so it is easier to hit from.

The Putting Green: This is the extremely smooth surface surrounding the hole where players putt. The edge of the green is bordered with slightly longer grass.

The Rough: This is the area off either side of the fairway where the grass is allowed to grow longer. Courses may have two or three cuts of rough where the grass is a different length in each one. It is difficult to hit the ball from this area.

The Bunker: This is a sand pit. It is considered a hazard and is usually placed along the fairway and surrounding the putting green.

The Water Hazard: This any body of water on or around the course, such as a pond or lake, that a golfers should avoid. Boundaries of a water hazard are usually defined by either yellow or red stakes. If you hit your ball into a water hazard it is usually a one stroke penalty.

Cup: The object of the game of golf is to hit the ball into this cylinder shaped cup that is located on the green at each hole.

Pin: A marker positioned at the hole to indicate its the location to players that are off the green.  This marker is a flag on a stick.