Alec Guinness

What does Alec Guinness mean in golf?

‘Alec Guinness’ means ‘Out-of-bounds’

Alec Guinness is a phrase used in golf to indicate when a ball is hit out-of-bounds. It’s a clever play on words, linking the golf term OB (short for out-of-bounds) with the character Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, portrayed by the actor Alec Guinness in the original movies.

In the game of golf, it’s important that the ball stays within the designated playing area, usually defined by white stakes. If a player’s ball goes beyond these markers, it’s considered out-of-bounds or an Alec Guinness, and the player receives a one-stroke penalty. They then have to place the ball as close as possible to the spot from where they originally made their shot.

When a player hits an Alec Guinness, it often results in a higher score. In golf slang, these inflated scores are sometimes referred to as a “snowman” or “abominable snowman”. The term Alec Guinness could also be replaced by Ewan McGregor, who is the actor that took on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the more recent Star Wars movies.

Example for using ‘Alec Guinness’ in a conversation

Hey, I just played golf and hit my ball out-of-bounds! πŸŒοΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜©

Oh no! That’s an Alec Guinness! πŸ™ˆ Did you take a penalty stroke?

Yeah, I had to take a one-stroke penalty and place my ball back. It was frustrating! β›³οΈπŸ˜€

I feel you. Hitting an Alec Guinness can really mess up your score. Hopefully, your next shots go better! πŸ€žπŸΌβ›³οΈ