The Turn

What does The Turn mean in Golf?

Midpoint in a golf round

If you’re familiar with the game of golf, you might have heard the term ‘The Turn’. This slang is used to describe the point in a golf game where players have finished the first nine holes and are preparing to start the next nine. Essentially, it’s the halfway mark in a round of golf.

But why is it called ‘The Turn’? Well, the answer lies in the layout of traditional golf courses. Usually, the initial nine holes of a course are designed to lead players away from the main hub, or clubhouse. After playing these holes, golfers would then ‘turn’ back towards the clubhouse.

The remaining nine holes, often referred to as the ‘back nine’, would then lead the players back towards the clubhouse. So, when golfers talk about ‘The Turn’, they’re referring to this transitional point in the game where they’ve completed the ‘front nine’ and are about to start the ‘back nine’.

So, next time you’re out on the green and you hear someone mention ‘The Turn’, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about. It’s not just a random term, but a key part of the game’s structure and pacing.

Example for using ‘The Turn’ in a conversation

Hey, I just finished the front nine on the golf course! πŸŒοΈβ€β™‚οΈ

Nice! How’s it going so far? ⛳️

It’s going well! I’m now at “The Turn”. πŸ”„

Ah, got it! That’s the halfway point, right? Where you turn back toward the clubhouse?