The game of golf consists in playing a ball, in as few strokes as possible, from certain starting places, called teeing-grounds, with various clubs, suited to the nature of the stroke, into a succession of holes cut in the ground at varying distances.
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Golf may be played on any park or common, but its original home is the " Links," or common land which is found by the seashore, where the short close turf, the sandy subsoil, and the many natural obstacles in the shape of bents, whins, sand-holes and banks, supply the conditions which are essential to the proper pursuit of the game.
Eighteen is the usual number of holes in a golf course, and in arranging the succession of these holes care should be taken that they are so placed that parties playing to one hole shall not be crossed or met by parties playing to another. If sufficient suitable ground be not available to admit of this being done, it is better to limit the number of holes to 15, 12 or 9.