Golf in Ireland
Golf originated in Scotland in 1457. It was played by the Dutch as a pass time game. Golf is played with 18 or 9 holes. Golf is sport in which players use a ball and different clubs to hit the ball different distances. The player who hits the ball in the hole with the fewest hits wins the match.
Normally three to for people can play in a match at a time. Matches can also be played with 2 or 5 players though. A golf match of 18 holes usually takes around 4 hours but sometimes can take 5 or more. To score a golf match you count the number of strokes it takes for the golfer to hit the ball in the hole. This scores is represented by a par score. The field dimensions for golf are usually 18 holes. To have a 18 hole golf course you need a minimum of 30 acres. The strategy to the game is to to know the day ( meaning wind speed etc.) and hit the ball in the holes with the fewest hits. In a golf match if you hit the ball where it can't be played you can drop another ball with a one stoke penalty. Also if you hit another players ball you are fined a two stroke penalty. To play golf you must have Clubs, balls, and tees. Many golfers also have a club bag, golf shoes, golf cloths, and some golfers use a golf cart. In Ireland there is the PGA golf Championship. This is a tournament where professional golfers all over the world come to play golf. The rules of golf have not changed much. But in the last 25 years more people have been participating in golf throughout Ireland.
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