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Go Golfing and We'll Guess What You Scored on Your Last Round!
by Zoe Samuel
University of the Fraser Valley

For some people, a day at the golf course is a study in being bemused by the idea that you can legitimately call something a sport which is very often done in a pair of spats. However, for golf aficionados, it's the most marvelous way to spend an afternoon. You call up a couple of golf buddies or just pick up whoever is in the clubhouse and seems like they might be up for it. If you're a less mobile person, you book a golf cart; if not, perhaps you simply get a caddy or manage your own clubs. Then you set out into the sunshine - or if you are on a Scottish course, where the game was invented, into the drizzle - and prepare to show off your skills.

Golf is played over 18 holes, referred to as the front nine and the back nine. They are typically between a hundred and five hundred yards long, and involve a tee where you start, a fairway where you continue, and a green where you find the hole that marks the end. Either side of these will be all sorts of hazards like "the rough" (a place that your ball secretly really wants to be), woodland (a place that your ball will definitely go eventually), bunkers (oh, God), and lakes (don't even think about it). If you make it past all of these, you then have to contend with how many times you actually hit the ball, known as "strokes". If you did it in more than the course designers found necessary, you are "above par", which is a good thing in real life but not in golf. If you stayed "below par", then treat yourself to a drink! Let's see how you did...

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