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Weve got practice-round action, interviews and analysis on a wet Tuesday at Quail Hollow. Get primed for the PGA now!

Report: PGA Championship moving to May in 2019

McIlroy: My game feels good, Im driving the ball well

Nobilo: Rory and a wet Quail Hollow a good mix

OTC: Dark horse picks for the PGA Championship

Theory of Feherativity: PGA Championship plot twists

Monday Scramble: Playing favorites at the PGA

Jordan Spieth is vying for history, while Rory McIlroy has history on his side. Who is the favorite entering the seasons final major?

The PGA Championship is giving up part of its identity with a reported move to May in 2019, but the decision makes sense for plenty of other reasons.

Twice a winner at Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy heads into the PGA Championship as a slight betting favorite over Jordan Spieth.

After missing last months Open, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the PGA Championship as he recovers from an ongoing sternum injury.

The PGA Championship will officially move to May beginning with the 2019 tournament at Bethpage Black in New York, according to an Associated Press report.

With another top-5 finish under his belt, Rory McIlroy is now set to turn his attention to one of his favorite venues.

Jordan Spieth is trying to become the sixth man to win the career Grand Slam this week. Heres a look at who has succeeded and failed.

OTC: What does Spieth need to do to win the PGA?

Super power: Spieths strength is his golf IQ

Trevino: Quail Hollow an uphill climb for Spieth

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about the PGA Championship, which is being played this week:

The PGA Championship is this week. Here is your guide to getting complete coverage of the mens final major of the season, on TV and online.

From Whistling Straits to Pebble Beach, public courses have played host to the PGA Championship. Check out this gallery of the courses that the pros have played that you can as well.

On paper, the Americans are big-time favorites to beat Europe at next weeks Solheim Cup. But in these team competitions, paper matchups dont mean much.

The U.S. and European Solheim Cup teams will re-engage their intensifying rivalry with some fresh new faces in the mix.

Juli Inkster made bold moves in a new direction Sunday making her two U.S. Solheim Cup captains picks.

Tiger Woods hangs with a couple of soccer icons while the rest of the golf world was gathered at Sergio Garcias wedding in The Social.

Tiger Woods wont be lifting the Wanamaker Trophy next weekend, but he showed off a lobster he caught that was almost equal in size.

By golf trick shot standards, this isnt anything special. But the fact that it involves Andrew Beef Johnson in a pool greatly increases its value.

From the lack of buzz at Firestone to Rory McIlroys big week, heres whats weighing on our writers minds.

I.K. Kim banished the haunting memory of missing a 14-inch putt to win a major and replaced it with the sweetest sensation.

Known for displays of disgust with shots that turn out fine, Hideki Matsuyama had little to complain about while cruising to a title.

Check out a preview of Unforgettable, The Traden Karch Story. The full feature premieres Wednesday evening on Live From the PGA Championship.

By golf trick shot standards, this isnt anything special. But the fact that it involves Andrew Beef Johnson in a pool greatly increases its value.

Frank Nobilo takes you through the par-4 second hole at Quail Hollow for the PGA Championship.

John Feinstein and Arron Oberholser weigh in on if Phil Mickelson can win the PGA Championship at 47-years-old.

Arron Oberholser, John Feinstein, and Jim Gallagher, Jr. sound off on whether Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth would win if both are at their best.

Rory McIlroy comments on his status as the favorite at the 99th PGA Championship.

Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz explains where Jordan Spieth would rank among the grand slam winners.

Social media reacts to players wearing shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship in this Daily Drop Zone.

Tim Rosaforte explains the relationship and future for Rory McIlroy and his caddie, Harry Diamond.

John Cook explains that Jordan Spieth doesnt overpower a course, he out thinks it.

The PGA Championship is this week. Here is your guide to getting complete coverage of the mens final major of the season, on TV and online.

Taking a look at the Quail Hollow Club ahead of the 99th PGA Championship.

Long driver Kyle Berkshire explains his path to long drive competition, his equipment, and long driving with a putter.

Geoff Shackelford explains the problems with shifting the PGA Championship to May.

Quail Hollow Club Superintendent Keith Wood reveals the preparations that have gone into the course for the PGA Championship

Feherty gives his unique take on the PGA Championship in this Theory of Feherativity.

Charlie Rymer, John Cook, Chris DiMarco, Damon Hack, and Gary Williams examine the problems of shifting the PGA Championship to May.

Charlie Rymer, John Cook, and Gary Williams look at the players to watch going into the PGA Championship.

Best images from Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at Quail Hollow Club, site of the PGA Championship.

Frank Nobilo breaks down Quail Hollows 494-yard par-4 18th hole at the 99th PGA Championship.

Frank Nobilo details Quail Hollows 506-yard par-4 16th hole at the 99th PGA Championship.

Players share their first impressions of the changes to Quail Hollows fourth and fifth holes for the 99th PGA Championship.

Frank Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee take a before and after look at Quail Hollows fourth and fifth holes.

Frank Nobilo checks out the green on Quail Hollows new par-3 fourth hole at the 99th PGA Championship.

Quail Hollow Clubs Superintendent Keith Wood talks course changes and setup for the 99th PGA Championship.

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Master this practice routine to finally bring your range game to the course

Your first step toward becoming a great on-course player is making the most of your time on the range. Try these drills to make your practice time efficient and effective.

Want to save strokes? Improve your wedge game from the rough

Charley Hoffman leads Canadian Open by one shot after third round

Hoffman birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 on Saturday at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead over Kevin Chappell.

Bernhard Langer takes 4-shot lead in Senior British Open

Langer shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Saturday in calmer conditions at Royal Porthcawl.

Trump golf empire suffers another setback in Scotland

Two organizations claim they will object to Trumps plans to build a second course in Aberdeen, where Trump International Golf Links opened in 2012.

Twitter reacts to unconceded putt controversy at U.S. Girls Junior

A straw poll of responses reveals users are incensed over the way the match between Erica Shepherd and Elizabeth Moon ended.

Brent McLaughlin benched as RBC Canadian Open director

Golf Canada said Friday that McLaughlin had left Glen Abbey Golf Club and would not be acting in his current role for the weekend at the PGA Tour event.

Unconceded putt adds controversy to U.S. Girls Junior Championship

Erica Shepherd defeated Elizabeth Moon on the first playoff hole, but neither player was happy about the way things ended.

24 amazing things Jordan Spieth accomplished before his 24th birthday

Jordan Spieth celebrated his 24th birthday Thursday, and the young man has already lived quite a life. In honor of his big day, here are 24 of his coolest accomplishments.

Conspiracy alert: Did a fan secretly scoop up Rorys tee shot on Sunday at Birkdale?

A British tabloid, published a video that appears to show a fan plucking McIlroys tee shot on the par-5 15th hole out of a patch of tangled fescue and dropping it into his pocket.

Canadas 15 Best Courses You Can Play, Ranked

Swipe (fore) right: Adam Hadwin met his wife on Tinder

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Jordan Spieth wins British Open in dramatic style with gutsy performance at Birkdale

The 23-year-old triumphed at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale thanks to a late-round comeback for the ages.

A crushing loss for Kuchar, but a small victory behind the 18th green

Matt Kuchar couldnt match Jordan Spieths five-under finish over the closing five holes. But on the bright, his family was there to surprise him afterward behind the 18th green.

Jordan Spieths secret weapon at Birkdale? Gum-chewing. Can it help your game, too?

PHOTOS: 19 coolest items from the British Open merchandise tent

Relax, Internet: Jordan Spieth did NOT break a rule on the 13th hole at Birkdale

A 9,000-yard course would be nuts, but its also fast becoming a necessity

To seriously challenge Tour playersto make them hit long-irons into some par 3s and 4s, and have a few 5s be true three-shot holesa course needs to be around 9,000 yards. Maybe 10,000.

AskAlan mailbag: Was Birkdale Jordan Spieths defining moment as a pro?

In this weeks AskAlan mailbag, Shipnuck dishes his thoughts on Spieth v. Kuchar, the reinvigorated Best Player Without a Major debate and what it all means for the PGA Championship in two weeks.

10 parting thoughts from a hectic but successful U.S. Womens Open

Ranking Branden Graces record-breaking 62 in the pantheon of great rounds

Check out the all-new PXG 0311X driving irons

Designed to provide a low-spin, boring trajectory, the new 0311X driving irons from PXG are aimed at players looking for a long-iron or hybrid replacement with plenty of versatility and power.

Check out Titleists new Vokey Signature wedges

Consisting of 50 unique wedges, every one hand-ground by none other than Bob Vokey himself, the new 56-degree model features 12-degrees of bounce and is made to be played in a wide variety of conditions

Srixon unveils new Q-Star golf balls for 2017

FIRST LOOK: Odyssey O-Works Red and Black Putters

Fix of the Week: How to hit the sweet spot every time

One big difference between amateurs and the pros is that weekend hackers rarely hit the sweet spot consistently. But we can change that.

Hit it like Justin Thomas: 5 keys for elite level swing speed

Justin Thomas gets more out of his body than any other professional golfer…but how does he do it? Theres a defined method to the madness.

This putting game will help you gain strokes on the green

Private Lessons: Extend your arms for greater accuracy

Fix Finder Fix of the Week: How to hit from pine straw

Recapping Jordan Spieths epic Sunday back nine at the Open

Ryan Asselta and Alan Shipnuck join GOLF Live host Jessica Marksbury to discuss Jordan Spieths dramatic finish at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

SI.coms Tiffany Oshinsky plays a round of mini golf with NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

Updated LPGA dress code guidelines: Overblown or a necessity?

The LPGA is touting more strict dress code guidelines in an effort to minimize revealing, overly athletic wear on the course. Has the reaction been warranted, and is the LPGA taking a step back by enforcing these rules?

GOLFs Josh Sens reviews the swing click on this edition of Gadget Guy.

Adam Hadwin, the 2017 Valspar champion, looks back on his breakthrough win, his journey to the PGA Tour, and the unlikely way he met his wife.

Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs breaks down the swing of LPGA star Lexi Thompson.

The GOLF Live panel of experts debates whats next for British Open runner-up Matt Kuchar.

PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann shows you his everyday warm-up to get ready for a round.

Expect Trump storylines at the U.S. Womens Open

Sports Illustrateds Michael Bamberger says that as de facto host of the U.S. Womens Open at Trump National Bedminster, storylines about the President should be expected.

Eric Trump on Donald: The man does not miss a putt

Ryan Asselta catches up with Eric Trump at Trump National Bedminster, host of the 2017 U.S. Womens Open. Trump discusses the family golf business, his dads game, and why Bedminster will host the best womens golf event to date.

From a beer bong to the British Open: the story of accessory enterprise Seamus Golf

Starting with a beer bong at a football game, a number of aha! moments led a couple into creating one of the most popular headcover and handmade golf product companies in the world.

Andy Dillard is a 55-year-old salesman in the oil industry, bouncing between offices and oil rigs all day long. Back in 1992, he was a broke professional golfer setting a likely-unbreakable record in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Phil on Tiger, the Ryder Cup, money matches and more

Sports Illustrateds Alan Shipnuck sat down with five-time major winner Phil Mickelson ahead of the CareerBuilder Challenge. Lefty dishes on Tiger Woods, the Ryder Cup, those famed money matches and more.

Dave Pelz on coaching Phil, introducing lofted wedges on Tour

The Dave Pelz you see in 2017 isnt all too different from the one you would have seen at Indiana University in 1957. However, his ascension to coaching Phil Mickelson begins in the early 1960s at NASA.

Tour caddie Kip Henley discusses Vijay Singh, cheating on Tour

Tour caddie Kip Henley wasnt always a caddie. He was once an aspiring pro, until (in his words) he saw Jack Grout, Jack Nicklaus famed coach. Thats the first step on his path to becoming a looper.

Ian Poulter on the Ryder Cup and social media

Ian Poulter discusses his Ryder Cup dominance, his new take on social media abuse and his most embarrassing moments on the GOLF.com Podcast.

Paul Casey, one of the Tours top cyclists, on his career

The jolly Englishman goes deep on his career, his relationship with Peter Kostis, why cycling is his favorite hobby and whether or not hell play another Ryder Cup.

Keegan Bradley on playing with Michael Jordan, and his grind back to the top

2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley sat down to talk about Phil Mickelson, Michael Jordan, downhill skiing and his grind back to the top.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko joined the GOLF.com podcast to chat about competition on the LPGA, her major team overhaul, playing golf with President Trump and more.

Danny Willett, the Masters champion of Yorkshire

Danny Willett is a Masters champion and the golfing pride of Yorkshire. He sat down to talk about both on the GOLF.com Podcast.

Dream Weekend: A golf trip to Toronto, Canada

RBC Canadian Open will combine hockey and golf in Ontario

Canadas 15 best courses you can play, ranked

ClubTest 2017: 29 new iron models tested and rated!

Is any shot more satisfying than a well-struck iron? It feels pure. Our 40-man panel analyzed 29 iron models to help you find the right one for your game.

ClubTest 2017: 19 new drivers tested and rated!

Read full reviews of 19 new drivers from the biggest brands with more bells and whistles than ever.

Two players fail to break 90 on brutal day at Senior British Open

Tour Confidential: Where does Spieths Open win rank among major greats?

Jordan Spieth won the 2017 British Open over Matt Kuchar in epic — and dramatic — fashion, but how does it compare to recent major spectacles?

Jordan Spieth made a comeback for the ages to win the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Jordan Spieth captured the claret jug in epic fashion Sunday at Royal Birkdale, for his third major and third leg of the career grand slam.

Branden Grace sets major record with 62 at British Open

Branden Grace fired a 62 in the third round of the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, becoming the first player ever to break 63 in a major.

British Open Trivia 2017: Are you smarter than a sportswriter?

The staff of Sports Illustrated and GOLF.com test their Open Championship trivia skills. How many can you get right?

British Open 2017: How to hit a links golf knockdown shot

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee demonstrates how to hit a knockdown that will help your game on links-style courses.

Stenson and Mickelson, one of the greatest Opens ever witnessed

The Knockdowns Alan Shipnuck recalls the high drama of the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Rocco Mediates favorite British Open foods

Champions Tour pro Rocco Mediate recalls some of his favorite meals during past British Opens, including where to find the best Chinese food.

18Birdies app brings social media to your game

The 18Birdies golf app is a GPS, a scorecard and a scratch game service all in one.

Top 100 Teacher Lou Guzzi illustrates how hitting behind the ball with the trailing edge of the iron will produce a better chip shot when youre next to the green.

Golf cart crooks arrested after stealing dozens of high-end carts

A group of Florida golf cart thiefs have been charged with stealing dozens of high-end carts from clubs, hotels and retirement communities, according to reports.

Its a bird…its a plane…its a major champion! Lexi Thompson skydives to first tee of pro-am

Lexi Thompson made a dramatic entrance to her pro-am ahead of the Kingsmill Championship Wednesday.

Lightning strikes unlucky green of Minnesota course

WATCH: Man hits, kills duck with drive at TPC Sawgrass (graphic)

Rory McIlroy on Sergio-Paddy feud: Theyve had their battles, but theyre great

GOLF Today: The U.S. Womens Open and a vibrant golf culture halfway around the world

7/10: On this episode, we catch up with 2016 U.S. Womens Open champion Brittany Lang. Well also see how one junior golf program is lending a helping hand to aspiring pros, and travel all the way to Korea to see just how far the game has come.

Brittany Lang looks back on her 2016 U.S. Womens Open win

2016 U.S. Womens Open champion Brittany Lang looks back on her first major win and discusses strategy to defend this year at Bedminster.

Se Ri Kids: Korea, a golf nation inspired by one U.S. Womens Open win

Korea is a golf-crazed country, but it wasnt always that way. Marika Washchyshyn traveled to Seoul to find out how one golfers influence changed the sport in the country forever.

Rules of Golf: Patty Sheehans casual water at the 92 U.S. Womens Open

Patty Sheehan needed a birdie to force an 18-hole Monday playoff, but when her drive hit the rain-soaked 18th, it bounced into casual water in the first cut of rough. Whats the call?

When San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain isnt on the mound, he has another sports obsession, and hes made a pretty good run at it.

How the AJGAs Ace grant is fueling junior golfers dreams

The financial burdens of the game can grind young professional dreams to a halt. The American Junior Golf Association is lending a helping hand to inspire the next generation of greats.

GOLF Today: Bridging the gap among youth golfers, and playing golf in your golden years

6/28: On this episode of GOLF Today, we visit a unique education-based golf academy in New York City. We also preview the U.S. Senior Open, chat with golf-mad actor Chris ODonnell, and help you find the right distance-measuring device for your game.

Bridge Golf: Where education meets the game and fosters a new generation of golfers

A unique education-based golf academy in Harlem, N.Y., provides youth from varying backgrounds a place to study and grow, both personally and professionally, while simultaneously introducing them to golf.

Arnie concedes to Jack: Whats the penalty?

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Golf, unlike mostball games, cannot and does not utilize a standardized playing area, and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game. The game at the highest level is played on a course with an arranged progression of 18 holes, though recreational courses can be smaller, often 9 holes. Each hole on the course must contain atee boxto start from, and aputting greencontaining the actual hole or cup (4.25 inches in width). There are other standard forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough (long grass), sand traps, and hazards (water, rocks, fescue) but each hole on a course is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.

Golf is played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known asstroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes in a complete round by an individual or team, known asmatch play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at all levels, but most especially at the elite level.

While the modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland, the games ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians[3]trace the sport back to the Roman game ofpaganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game.[4]Others citechuiwan(chui means striking and wan means small ball) as the progenitor, a Chinese game played between the eighth and 14th centuries.[5]A Ming Dynasty scroll dating back to 1368 entitled The Autumn Banquet shows a member of the Chinese Imperial court swinging what appears to be a golf club at a small ball with the aim of sinking it into a hole. The game is thought to have been introduced into Europe during the Middle Ages. Another early game that resembled modern golf was known ascambucain England and chambot in France.[6]The Persian gamechaugnis another possible ancient origin. In addition,kolven(a game involving a ball and curved bats) was played annually in Loenen, Netherlands, beginning in 1297, to commemorate the capture of the assassin ofFloris V, a year earlier.

The modern gameoriginated in Scotland, where the first written record of golf isJames IIs banning of the game in 1457, as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery.[7]James IVlifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself, with golf clubs first recorded in 1503-1504: For golf clubbes and balles to the King that he playit with.[8]To many golfers, theOld CourseatSt Andrews, alinks coursedating to before 1574, is considered to be a site of pilgrimage.[9]In 1764, the standard 18-hole golf course was created at St Andrews when members modified the course from 22 to 18 holes.[10]Golf is documented as being played onMusselburgh Links, East Lothian, Scotland as early as 2 March 1672, which is certified as the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records.[11][12]The oldest survivingrules of golfwere compiled in March 1744 for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers, later renamedThe Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which was played atLeith, Scotland.[13]The worlds oldest golf tournament in existence, and golfs first major, isThe Open Championship, which was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland, withScottish golfers winning the earliest majors.[14]Two Scotsmen fromDunfermline, John Reid and Robert Lockhart, first demonstrated golf in the US by setting up a hole in an orchard in 1888, with Reid setting up Americas first golf club the same year, St. Andrews Golf Club inYonkers, New York.[15]

A golf course consists of either 9 or 18 holes, each with ateeing groundthat is set off by two markers showing the bounds of the legal tee area,fairwayroughand otherhazards, and theputting greensurrounded by the fringe with the pin (normally a flagstick) and cup.

The levels of grass are varied to increase difficulty, or to allow for putting in the case of the green. While many holes are designed with a direct line-of-sight from the teeing area to the green, some holes may bend either to the left or to the right. This is commonly called a dogleg, in reference to a dogs knee. The hole is called a dogleg left if the hole angles leftwards and dogleg right if it bends right. Sometimes, a holes direction may bend twice; this is called a double dogleg.

A regular golf course consists of 18 holes, but nine-hole courses are common and can be played twice through for a full round of 18 holes.[16][17]

Early Scottish golf courses were primarily laid out on links land, soil-covered sand dunes directly inland from beaches.[18]This gave rise to the term golf links, particularly applied to seaside courses and those built on naturally sandy soil inland.

The first 18-hole golf course in the United States was on a sheep farm inDowners Grove, Illinois, in 1892. The course is still there today.[19]

1=teeing ground, 2=water hazard, 3=rough, 4=out of bounds, 5=sand bunker, 6=water hazard, 7=fairway, 8=putting green, 9=flagstick, 10=hole

Every round of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given order. A round typically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout. Each hole is played once in the round on a standard course of 18 holes. The game can be played by any number of people. Though a typical group playing will have 1, 2, 3 or 4 people playing the round. The typical amount of time required for pace of play for a 9-hole round is two hours and four hours for an 18-hole round.

Playing a hole on a golf course is initiated by putting a ball into play by striking it with a club on theteeing ground(also called the tee box, or simply the tee). For this first shot on each hole, it is allowed but not required for the golfer to place the ball on ateeprior to striking it. A tee is a small peg that can be used to elevate the ball slightly above the ground up to a few centimetres high. Tees are commonly made of wood but may be constructed of any material, including plastic. Traditionally, golfers used mounds of sand to elevate the ball, and containers of sand were provided for the purpose. A few courses still require sand to be used instead of peg tees, to reduce litter and reduce damage to the teeing ground. Tees help reduce the interference of the ground or grass on the movement of the club making the ball easier to hit, and also places the ball in the very centre of the striking face of the club (the sweet spot) for better distance.

When the initial shot on a hole is intended to move the ball a long distance (typically more than 225 yards (210 m)), the shot is commonly called a drive and is generally made with a long-shafted, large-headedwoodclub called a driver. Shorter holes may be initiated with other clubs, such as higher-numbered woods orirons. Once the ball comes to rest, the golfer strikes it again as many times as necessary using shots that are variously known as a lay-up, an approach, a pitch, or achip, until the ball reaches the green, where he or she thenputtsthe ball into the hole (commonly called sinking the putt or holing out). The goal of getting the ball into the hole (holing the ball) in as few strokes as possible may be impeded by obstacles such as areas of longer grass called rough (usually found alongside fairways), which both slows any ball that contacts it and makes it harder to advance a ball that has stopped on it; doglegs, which are changes in the direction of the fairway that often require shorter shots to play around them;bunkers(or sand traps); andwater hazardssuch as ponds or streams.[16]

In stroke play competitions played according tostrict rules, each player plays his or her ball until it is holed no matter how many strokes that may take. In match play it is acceptable to simply pick up ones ball and surrender the hole after enough strokes have been made by a player that it is mathematically impossible for the player to win the hole. It is also acceptable in informal stroke play to surrender the hole after hitting three strokes more than the par rating of the hole (a triple bogey – see below); while technically a violation of Rule 3-2, this practice speeds play as a courtesy to others, and avoids runaway scores, excessive frustration and injuries caused by overexertion.

The total distance from the first tee box to the 18th green can be quite long; total yardages through the green can be in excess of 7,000 yards (6,400 m), and when adding in the travel distance between the green of one hole and the tee of the next, even skilled players may easily travel five miles or more during a round. At some courses, electricgolf cartsare used to travel between shots, which can speed-up play and allows participation by individuals unable to walk a whole round. On other courses players generally walk the course, either carrying their bag using a shoulder strap or using a golf trolley for their bag. These trolleys may or may not be battery assisted. At many amateur tournaments including U.S. high school and college play, players are required to walk and to carry their own bags, but at the professional and top amateur level, as well as at high-level private clubs, players may be accompanied bycaddies, who carry and manage the players equipment and who are allowed by the rules to give advice on the play of the course.[20]A caddys advice can only be given to the player or players for whom the caddy is working, and not to other competing players.

The rules of golf are internationally standardised and are jointly governed by The R&A, spun off in 2004 fromThe Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews(founded 1754), and theUnited States Golf Association(USGA).[21][22]

The underlying principle of the rules is fairness. As stated on the back cover of the official rule book:

There are strict regulations regarding the amateur status of golfers.[23]Essentially, anybody who has ever received payment or compensation for giving instruction, or played golf for money, is not considered an amateur and may not participate in competitions limited solely to amateurs. However, amateur golfers may receive expenses that comply with strict guidelines and they may accept non-cash prizes within the limits established by the Rules of Amateur Status.

In addition to the officially printed rules, golfers also abide by a set of guidelines calledgolf etiquette. Etiquette guidelines cover matters such as safety, fairness, pace of play, and a players 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 in an effort to improve everyones playing experience.

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

A lost ball or a ball hit out of bounds result in a penalty of one stroke and distance (Rule 271). A one-stroke penalty is assessed if a players equipment causes the ball to move or the removal of a loose impediment causes the ball to move (Rule 182). A one-stroke penalty is assessed if a players ball results into a red or yellow staked hazard (Rule 26). If a golfer makes a stroke at the wrong ball (Rule 192) or hits a fellow golfers ball with a putt (Rule 195), the player incurs a two-stroke penalty. Most rule infractions lead to stroke penalties but also can lead to disqualification. Disqualification could be from cheating, signing for a lower score, or from rule infractions that lead to improper play.[24]

Golf clubsare used to hit thegolf ball. Each club is composed of a shaft with a lance (or grip) on the top end and a club head on the bottom. Long clubs, which have a lower amount of degree loft, are those meant to propel the ball a comparatively longer distance, and short clubs a higher degree of loft and a comparatively shorter distance. The actual physical length of each club is longer or shorter, depending on the distance the club is intended to propel the ball.

Golf clubs have traditionally been arranged into three basic types.Woodsare large-headed, long-shafted clubs meant to propel the ball a long distance from relatively open lies, such as the tee box and fairway. Of particular importance is thedriveror 1-wood, which is the lowest lofted wood club, and in modern times has become highly specialized for making extremely long-distance tee shots, up to 300 yards (270 m), or more, in a professional golfers hands. Traditionally these clubs had heads made of a hardwood, hence the name, but virtually all modern woods are now made of metal such as titanium, or of composite materials.Ironsare shorter-shafted clubs with a metal head primarily consisting of a flat, angled striking face. Traditionally the clubhead was forged from iron; modern iron clubheads are investment-cast from a steel alloy. Irons of varying loft are used for a variety of shots from virtually anywhere on the course, but most often for shorter-distance shots approaching the green, or to get the ball out of tricky lies such as sand traps. The third class is theputter, which evolved from the irons to create a low-lofted, balanced club designed to roll the ball along the green and into the hole. Putters are virtually always used on the green or in the surrounding rough/fringe. A fourth class, calledhybrids, evolved as a cross between woods and irons, and are typically seen replacing the low-lofted irons with a club that provides similar distance, but a higher launch angle and a more forgiving nature.

A maximum of 14 clubs is allowed in a players bag at one time during a stipulated round. The choice of clubs is at the golfers discretion, although every club must be constructed in accordance with parameters outlined in the rules. (Clubs that meet these parameters are usually called conforming.) Violation of these rules can result in disqualification.

The exact shot hit at any given time on a golf course, and which club is used to accomplish the shot, are always completely at the discretion of the golfer; in other words, there is no restriction whatsoever on which club a golfer may or may not use at any time for any shot.

Golf ballsare spherical, usually white (although other colours are allowed), and minutely pock-marked by dimples that decrease aerodynamic drag by increasing air turbulence around the ball in motion, which delays boundary layer separation and reduces the drag-inducing wake behind the ball, thereby allowing the ball to fly farther.[25]The combination of a soft boundary layer and a hard core enables both distance and spin.

Ateeis allowed only for the first stroke on each hole, unless the player must hit a provisional tee shot or replay his or her first shot from the tee.

Many golfers weargolf shoeswith metal or plastic spikes designed to increase traction, thus allowing for longer and more accurate shots.

Agolf bagis used to transport golf clubs and the players other or personal equipment. Golf bags have several pockets designed for carrying equipment and supplies such as tees, balls, and gloves. Golf bags can be carried, pulled on a trolley or harnessed to a motorizedgolf cartduring play. Golf bags have both a hand strap and shoulder strap for carrying, and sometimes have retractable legs that allow the bag to stand upright when at rest.

The golf swing is outwardly similar to many other motions involving swinging a tool or playing implement, such as an axe or a baseball bat; however, unlike many of these motions, the result of the swing is highly dependent on several sub-motions being properly aligned and timed, to ensure that the club travels up to the ball in line with the desired path, the clubface is in line with the swing path, and the ball impacts the centre or sweet spot of the clubface. The ability to do this consistently, across a complete set of clubs with a wide range of shaft lengths and clubface areas, is a key skill for any golfer, and takes a significant effort to achieve.

Golfers start with the non-dominant side of the body facing the target (for a right-hander, the target is to their left). At address, the players body and the centerline of the club face are positioned parallel to the desired line of travel, with the feet either perpendicular to that line or slightly splayed outward. The feet are commonly shoulder-width apart for middle irons and putters, narrower for short irons and wider for long irons and woods. The ball is typically positioned more to the front of the players stance (closer to the leading foot) for lower-lofted clubs, with the usual ball position for a drive being just behind the arch of the leading foot. The ball is placed further back in the players stance (toward the trailing foot) as the loft of the club to be used increases. Most iron shots and putts are made with the ball roughly centered in the stance, while a few mid- and short-iron shots are made with the ball slightly behind the centre of the stance to ensure consistent contact between the ball and clubface, so the ball is on its way before the club continues down into the turf.

The golfer chooses a golf club, grip, and stroke appropriate to the distance:

The drive or full swing is used on the teeing ground and fairway, typically with a wood or long iron, to produce the maximum distance capable with the club. In the extreme, the windup can end with the shaft of the club parallel to the ground above the players shoulders.

The approach or 3/4 swing is used in medium- and long-distance situations where an exact distance and good accuracy is preferable to maximum possible distance, such as to place the ball on the green or lay up in front of a hazard. The windup or backswing of such a shot typically ends up with the shaft of the club pointing straight upwards or slightly towards the player.

The chip or half-swing is used for relatively short-distance shots near the green, with high-lofted irons and wedges. The goal of the chip is to land the ball safely on the green, allowing it to roll out towards the hole. It can also be used from other places to accurately position the ball into a more advantageous lie. The backswing typically ends with the head of the club between hip and head height.

The putt is used in short-distance shots on or near the green, typically made with the eponymous putter, although similar strokes can be made with medium to high-numbered irons to carry a short distance in the air and then roll (a bump and run). The backswing and follow-through of the putt are both abbreviated compared to other strokes, with the head of the club rarely rising above the knee. The goal of the putt is usually to put the ball in the hole, although a long-distance putt may be called a lag and is made with the primary intention of simply closing distance to the hole or otherwise placing the ball advantageously.

Having chosen a club and stroke to produce the desired distance, the player addresses the ball by taking their stance to the side of it and (except when the ball lies in a hazard) grounding the club behind the ball. The golfer then takes their backswing, rotating the club, their arms and their upper body away from the ball, and then begins their swing, bringing the clubhead back down and around to hit the ball. A proper golf swing is a complex combination of motions, and slight variations in posture or positioning can make a great deal of difference in how well the ball is hit and how straight it travels. The general goal of a player making a full swing is to propel the clubhead as fast as possible while maintaining a single plane of motion of the club and clubhead, to send the clubhead into the ball along the desired path of travel and with the clubhead also pointing that direction.

Accuracy and consistency are typically stressed over pure distance. A player with a straight drive that travels only 220 yards (200 m) will nevertheless be able to accurately place the ball into a favourable lie on the fairway, and can make up for the lesser distance of any given club by simply using more club (a lower loft) on their tee shot or on subsequent fairway and approach shots. However, a golfer with a drive that may go 280 yards (260 m) but often doesnt fly straight will be less able to position their ball advantageously; the ball may hook, pull, draw, fade, push or slice off the intended line and land out of bounds or in the rough or hazards, and thus the player will require many more strokes to hole out.

A golf stroke uses muscles oncore(especiallyerector spinae musclesandlatissimus dorsi musclewhen turning),hamstringshoulder, andwrist. Stronger muscles on wrist can prevent wrists from being twisted at swings, while stronger shoulders increase the turning force. Weak wrists can also deliver the impacts to elbows and even neck and lead to injury of them. (When a muscle contracts, it pulls equally from both ends and, to have movement at only one end of the muscle, other muscles must come into play to stabilize the bone to which the other end of the muscle is attached.) Golf is a unilateral exercise that can break body balances, requiring exercises to keep the balance in muscles.[26][27]

Putting is considered to be the most important component of the game of golf. As the game of golf has evolved, there have been many different putting techniques and grips that have been devised to give golfers the best chance to make putts. When the game originated, golfers would putt with their dominate hand on the bottom of the grip and their weak hand on top of the grip. This grip and putting style is known as conventional. There are many variations of conventional including overlap, where the golfer overlaps the off hand index finger onto off the dominant pinky; interlock, where the offhand index finger interlocks with the dominant pinky and ring finger; double or triple overlap and so on.[28]Recently, cross handed putting has become a popular trend amongst professional golfers and amateurs. Cross handed putting is the idea that the dominant hand is on top of the grip where the weak hand is on the bottom. This grip restricts the motion in your dominant hand and eliminates the possibility of wrist breakdowns through the putting stroke.[29]

Other notable putting styles include the claw, a style that has the grip directly in between the thumb and index finger of the dominant hand while the palm faces the target.[30]The weak hand placed normally on the putter. Anchored putting, a style that requires a longer putter shaft that can be anchored into the players stomach or below the chin; the idea is to stabilize one end of the putter thus creating a more consistent pendulum stroke. This style will be banned in 2016 on the profession circuits.[31]

A hole is classified by its par, meaning the number of strokes a skilled golfer should require to complete play of the hole.[16]The minimum par of any hole is 3 because par always includes a stroke for the tee shot and two putts. Pars of 4 and 5 strokes are ubiquitous on golf courses; more rarely, a few courses feature par-6 and even par-7 holes. Strokes other than the tee shot and putts are expected to be made from the fairway; for example, a skilled golfer expects to reach thegreenon a par-4 hole in two strokesone from the tee (the drive) and another, second, stroke to the green (the approach)and then roll the ball into the hole in two putts for par. Putting the ball on the green with two strokes remaining for putts is called making green in regulation or GIR.[32]Missing a GIR does not necessarily mean a golfer will not make par, but it does make doing so more difficult as it reduces the number of putts available; conversely, making a GIR does not guarantee a par, as the player might require three or more putts to hole out. Professional golfers typically make between 60% and 70% of greens in regulation.[33]

The primary factor for classifying the par of a relatively straight, hazard-free hole is the distance from the tee to the green. A typical par-3 hole is less than 250 yards (225 m) in length, with a par-4 hole ranging between 251 and 475 yards (225434 m), and a par-5 hole being longer than 475 yards (435 m). The rare par-6s can stretch well over 650 yards (590 m). These distances are based on the typical scratch golfers drive distance of between 240 and 280 yards (220 and 260 m); a green further than the average players drive will require additional shots from the fairway. However, other considerations must be taken into account; the key question is how many strokes would a scratch golfer take to make the green by playing along the fairway?. The grade of the land from the tee to the hole might increase or decrease the carry and rolling distance of shots as measured linearly along the ground. Sharp turns or hazards may require golfers to lay up on the fairway in order to change direction or hit over the hazard with their next shot. These design considerations will affect how even a scratch golfer would play the hole, irrespective of total distance from tee to green, and must be included in a determination of par.[34]However, a par score never includes expected penalty strokes, as a scratch player is never expected to hit a ball into a water hazard or other unplayable situation. So, the placement of hazards only affect par when considering how a scratch golfer would avoid them.

Eighteen-hole courses typically total to an overall par score of 72 for a complete round; this is based on an average par of 4 for every hole, and so is often arrived at by designing a course with an equal number of par-5 and par-3 holes, the rest being par-4. Many combinations exist that total to par-72, and other course pars exist from 68 up to 76, and are not less worthy than courses of par-72. Additionally, in some countries including the United States, courses are classified according to their play difficulty, which may be used to calculate a golfers playinghandicapfor a given course.[35]

The two primary difficulty ratings in the U.S. are the Course Rating, which is effectively the expected score for a zero-handicap scratch golfer playing the course (and may differ from the course par), and the Slope Rating, which is a measure of how much worse a bogey golfer (with an 18 handicap) would be expected to play than a scratch golfer. These two numbers are available for any USGA-sanctioned course, and are used in a weighted system to calculate handicaps (see below).

The goal is to play as few strokes per round as possible. A golfers score is usually expressed as the difference between the players number of strokes and the par score. Ahole in one(or an ace) occurs when a golfer sinks their ball into the cup with their first stroke from the tee. Common scores for a hole also have specific terms.[16]

In a typical professional tournament or among scratch amateur players, birdie-bogey play is common; a player will lose a stroke by bogeying a hole, then gain one by scoring a birdie. Eagles are uncommon but not rare; however, only18 players have scored an albatrossin a mens major championship.

There are two basic forms of golf play, match play and stroke play. Stroke play is more popular.

Two players (or two teams) play each hole as a separate contest against each other in what is calledmatch play. The party with the lower score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is halved (or tied). The game is won by the party that wins more holes than the other. In the case that one team or player has taken a lead that cannot be overcome in the number of holes remaining to be played, the match is deemed to be won by the party in the lead, and the remainder of the holes are not played. For example, if one party already has a lead of six holes, and only five holes remain to be played on the course, the match is over and the winning party is deemed to have won 6 & 5. At any given point, if the lead is equal to the number of holes remaining, the party leading the match is said to be dormie, and the match is continued until the party increases the lead by one hole or ties any of the remaining holes, thereby winning the match, or until the match ends in a tie with the lead players opponent winning all remaining holes. When the game is tied after the predetermined number of holes have been played, it may be continued until one side takes a one-hole lead.[16]

The score achieved for each and every hole of the round or tournament is added to produce the total score, and the player with the lowest score wins instroke play. Stroke play is the game most commonly played by professional golfers. If there is a tie after the regulation number of holes in a professional tournament, a playoff takes place between all tied players. Playoffs either are sudden death or employ a pre-determined number of holes, anywhere from three to a full 18. In sudden death, a player who scores lower on a hole than all of his opponents wins the match. If at least two players remain tied after such a playoff using a pre-determined number of holes, then play continues in sudden death format, where the first player to win a hole wins the tournament.

The other forms of play in the game of golf are bogey competition, skins, 9-points, stableford, team play, and unofficial team variations.

A bogey competition is a scoring format sometime

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California Golf Courses

Hugo Boss Outlets Online,California has 1,156 golf courses to choose from. This directory lists the courses by city. The cities with the most golf courses like Palm Desert, San Diego, and La Quinta are listed first under the Top 10. We list all other California cities alphabetically, below.

The 18-hole Riverview course at the Riverview Golf Country Club facility in Redding, CA features 6,481 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 123 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Kyle Phillips/(R) Doug Nichols, the Riverview golf course opened in 1949.Randy Jensen manages the course as the General Manager.ACTIVITY FEED

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San Jose California Golf Courses

Below is our comprehensive list of golf courses in the San Jose, California area. We list them by proximity to San Jose, including courses in neighboring cities. Award-winning golf courses are noted. Click on the course name to view more information on the course, including reviews and tournaments. For more golf courses in this region of California, choose a city from the list to the right. For places to stay, check outSan Jose, CA resorts & hotels.

Rancho Del Pueblo Golf Course, Rancho Del Pueblo Course9 holes over 1,418 yards with a par of 28 (Municipal)

San Jose Country Club, San Jose Course18 holes over 6,202 yards with a par of 70 (Private)

Los Lagos Golf Course, Los Lagos Course18 holes over 5,393 yards with a par of 68 (Municipal)

The Ranch Golf Club, Ranch Course18 holes over 6,747 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

Villages Golf Country Club, Villages Course18 holes over 6,707 yards with a par of 72 (Private)

Villages Golf Country Club, Par-3 Course9 holes over 723 yards with a par of 27 (Private)

Silver Creek Valley Country Club, Silver Creek Valley Count Course18 holes over 6,868 yards with a par of 72 (Private)

Golf Club At Boulder Ridge, Boulder Ridge Course18 holes over 6,923 yards with a par of 72 (Private)

Almaden Country Club, Almaden Course18 holes over 6,960 yards with a par of 72 (Private)

Santa Teresa Golf Club, Main Course18 holes over 6,742 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

Santa Teresa Golf Club, Short Course9 holes over 922 yards with a par of 27 (Public)

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, Mountain Course9 holes over 3,403 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, Canyon Course9 holes over 3,238 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

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Use a lock with a string attached to it to feel the momentum of the putter head and learn how to swing your putter like a pendulum

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San Jose, CA 95141Located in the hills overlooking the Coyote Valley, in San Joses Silicon Valley, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club offers 27 magnificent holes, with 6 different 18-hole combinations. The Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum, the only one of its kind in the Western United States, is one of the clubs most unique and impressive amenitiREAD MORE »Coyote Creek Golf Club1 Coyote Creek Golf Drive

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