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    Default Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    It's a title of someone's essay. I'm wondering what does 18th green mean? Is it like a term or something?

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    The 18th is the final hole. The end of the round.

    "The 19th hole" is the bar where you have a drink after the round of golf.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "The 19th hole" is the bar where you have a drink after the round of golf.
    So, after 17 tedious holes, one would likely make the 18th faster to get the h*** out of there to The 19th hole.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    Not a teacher!

    Quote Originally Posted by facecatwt View Post
    I'm wondering what does 18th green mean?
    A green is an area of grass cut short around a hole on a golf course. A standard sized golf course has 18 greens (holes). Smaller golf courses might only have 9 greens (holes).

    I always skip the first 18 holes when I play golf.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
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    A green is an area of grass cut short around a hole on a golf course. A standard sized golf course has 18 greens (holes). Smaller golf courses might only have 9 greens (holes).

    I always skip the first 18 holes when I play golf.

    TomUK
    One of the reasons the 18th green is the fastest is the tendency to grant other golfers "gimmes" so that all could go to bar more quickly.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    When you say the green is "fast" it means the ball rolls a bit further when you putt than you expect it to.* When the green is very dry, it tends to be very fast.

    It has nothing to do with how fast the players play.

    *If you know it's fast, then it doesn't go further than you expect it to, but just that you have to hit more softly to get the same distance than in normal circumstances.

    That said, in this essay, it seems to be a play on the word "fast" - do they play more quickly. If you are talking to real golfers and talk about the greens being fast, don't think it usually means that people play quickly.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When you say the green is "fast" it means the ball rolls a bit further when you putt than you expect it to.* When the green is very dry, it tends to be very fast.

    It has nothing to do with how fast the players play.

    *If you know it's fast, then it doesn't go further than you expect it to, but just that you have to hit more softly to get the same distance than in normal circumstances.
    I agree that "fast" can mean that, but that really doesn't fit with the original statement.

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    Default Re: Is te 18th green of a public golf course faster than the others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When you say the green is "fast" it means the ball rolls a bit further when you putt than you expect it to.* When the green is very dry, it tends to be very fast.

    It has nothing to do with how fast the players play.

    *If you know it's fast, then it doesn't go further than you expect it to, but just that you have to hit more softly to get the same distance than in normal circumstances.

    That said, in this essay, it seems to be a play on the word "fast" - do they play more quickly. If you are talking to real golfers and talk about the greens being fast, don't think it usually means that people play quickly.
    Good point. "Fast greens" means the ball will roll a long way with little effort. The length of the grass and the hardness of the turf are also contributors to how fast a green is.

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