All around the world, golf-related terms have not been translated into various languages but have remained in English. Golfers can travel pretty much anywhere and be able to play golf without major language setbacks. This is also the case in Italy.

Nevertheless, a better communication means less stress, less chances of misunderstandings and getting things done (playing golf) more quickly. And if you are a foreigner trying to speak Italian – even just using a couple of words you have learned or that you are trying to read from a vocabulary, chances are that your efforts will be rewarded with a warmer smile and perhaps even some extra attention/help.

For this reason, we have compiled a mini Italian golf dictionary so that you can have a look through the words that are still used in English and the ones that have an Italian translation. If you need any help on how to read simply search for “italian pronunciation” on Google and you will find lots of tutorials.

English words are used in Italian for….

  • Equipment: Driver, putter, pitching wedge, sand wedge, grip, tee, trolley, cart, spike
  • Score/Competition: Albatros, eagle, birdie, par, bogey, handicap, flight, starter, hole-in-one
  • Golf course: Bunker, fairway, green, rough, pitchmark, club house, caddie
  • Shots: Swing, drive,dogleg, draw, fade, pull, push, hook, slice

Italian golf words:

Bastone or Mazza (plural: Bastoni or Mazze)            Club(s)
Legno                                                                         Wood
Ferro                                                                           Iron
Pallina                                                                         Ball
Buca (plural: Buche)                                                    Hole(s)
Campo pratica                                                             Driving range
Campo da golf                                                             Golf course
Gettone (plural: Gettoni)                                              Token(s)
Gara                                                                             Competition, match
Sacca                                                                           Golf bag
Spogliatoio                                                                    Locker Room
Zolla                                                                              Divot
Erba                                                                              Grass
Bandiera                                                                       Flag

Useful Italian sentences at a golf club:

Un green fee 18 (diciotto) buche             one 18-hole green fee
Un green fee 9 (nove) buche                  one 9-hole green fee
Un gettone per il campo pratica              one token for the driving range
Vorrei noleggiare un set di bastoni          I would like to rent a set of clubs
Dov’è la club house?                               Where is the club house?
Dove sono gli spogliatoi?                         Where are the locker rooms?
For a touch of courtesy, add “Per favore” (please) before or after each sentence.

Other Italian golf sentences

Voglio giocare a golf                                 I want to play golf
Dov’è il campo da golf più vicino?             Where is the closest golf course?
Io amo il golf                                             I love golf

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