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15 Hilarious Golf Terms Named for Celebrities - Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Golf Terms of the Rich and the (In)Famous – 15 Hilarious Golf Terms Named for Celebrities
By Hannah Birss

We’ve already talked about golf lingo before, here, but it turns out there are so many different golf terms and sayings named for or after different celebrities that it constituted an entry all its own! So here it is – fifteen of the most hilarious, offensive, and clever golf slang terms named for both the famous and the infamous!

1. Amelia Earhart – This one is a bit of a no brainer – it’s a tee shot that looks great taking off and then just disappears. It’s the category that most of my tee shots fall under. Why do I love this game so much when I’m so bad at it?! Inquiring minds want to know.

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2. Bernie Maddoff – This golf term is named after an American swindler, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier convicted of fraud, so it’s no surprised that this particular saying means “a great lie and a lot of green to work with”. 

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3. Captain Kirk -  We might have already covered this one before, but being the sci-fi geek I am, I have to re-include it. If you have a ball that goes wayward and goes “where no ball has ever gone before”, you’ve just shot a Captain Kirk.

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4. O.J. Simpson - You’ve pulled an OJ Simpson if you’ve managed to get away with one. Hey, if the glove fits….or if it doesn’t.

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5. Snooki – This Jersey Shore star doesn’t have the greatest of reputations. Unfortunately, the golf term named after her has to do with her being “an easy putt under five feet”. That’s not very nice!

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6. Luca Brasi – A character out of the godfather, a Luca Brasi on the course means that your shot when into the water hazard and now “sleeps with the fishes”.

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7. Daisy Duke – A Daisy Duke on the course means you just shot a thing of beauty from out of the Hazzard.

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8. Adolf Hitler –This particular term might make a few people wince and a few people clap. This particular term applies to a hole where it takes “two shots out of a bunker” to reach the hole. Fun fact – did you know that he held a golf tournament in 1936 called “The Hitler Invitational”? Yikes!

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9. Dick Van Paten – Known mostly for his rolle on the TV Sitcome “Eight is Enough” this golf monicker is named for the moment when you realize you should just pick up your ball because “Eight is Enough”.

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10. Saddam Hussein – This monster of man has had two golf lingo terms named for him – and happily enough, neither of them are good, though they are funny. Pulling a Sddam Hussien can either mean that you have a ball hidden in a bunker or, alternatively, have a ball that’s just going from bunker to bunker. 

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11. Danny Devito/Joe Pesci – Both of these actors are short and are known for playing gruff, angry characters, so it’s no surprise that the golf term they refer too had to deal with a nasty little putt under five feet!

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12. The Abominable Snowman – While this particular “celebrity” isn’t exactly plagued by the paparazzi, he’s had enough TV shows and books written about him that he qualifies for this list. The abominable snowman is a lot like a regular snowman (a score of eight) in a game of golf, just worse (a score of nine). What a chilling thought! (but hopefully not a reality).

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13. Willie Nelson – This famous folk singer’s namesake in the golf world isn’t much of a surprise either.  It refers to a ball that get’s “very, very high”. 

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14. Bo Derek – This golf term is a little more obscure and a lot more counter-intuitive. It refers to a score of ten on any particular golf hole. It originates from the movie 10, in which Bo Derek was the object of Dudley Moore’s desire. Unfortunately for me, a score of ten on a hole isn’t exactly desirable. 

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15. A Che Guevara – Also known as “a Cuban” this particular slang term refers to when the ball perches on the lip of the hole, since it all it needed was “one more revolution”.

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What about you? Have you heard any amazing golf terms named for people, or can you come up with one that’s even better? Let us know in the comments below!



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