Dubai recently hosted the Dubai Moonlight Classic, which is a floodlit golf tournament held in Dubai. The tournament is a ladies’ classic and has seen women golfers worldwide compete in a picturesque golf tournament. Dubai is a city beyond beauty, with its Arabian and coastal scenery. Dubai is a global city and a perfect location to hold a world-class golf tournament. The coronavirus has disrupted a lot of sports this year, and it is fascinating that the Dubai Moonlight Classic had the opportunity to go on.
What is the Dubai Moonlight Classic?
The Dubai Moonlight Classic is a leg of the Ladies European Tour and is anticipated to be a stepping stone for amateur and professional golfers alike. It provides an opportunity for women golfers to display their talent on the world stage and possibly increase their rankings.
How Professional and Amateur Golf are Different
Professional golf is different from amateur golf, and their own statuses regulate both. For instance, the amateur status requires that golfers who are classified as amateurs be those who have never been paid to play golf. Those who have played golf for pay cannot participate in amateur leagues.
Professional golfers also have rules that they have to abide by, and once one goes professional, it may be tough to regain amateur status. Golf professionals may also include those who teach golf, maintain golf courses, and sell golf equipment. The other distinction of professional golfers are players who earn from endorsements and prize money. Amateur golfers are only allowed a maximum of winnings worth $500.
The Intricacies of Golf: How to Play Golf and Golf Rules
Golf is an intricate game of trying to sink the golf ball into a hole. It involves playing in various terrains and avoiding obstacles while trying to sink the ball in the smallest number of strokes possible. The starting point of every game is always the tee box, and a game requires eighteen holes. However, in smaller courses, a nine-hole course can be used twice for every game. Various courses have different pars, or the number of strokes stipulated it would take a professional player to sink the ball into the cup or hole.
What Does at Par Mean in Golf?
When the player takes as many strokes to sink the ball, they are said to be at par. When the player takes one stroke more, it is called a ‘bogey’ and is followed by a double and triple bogey. One hole under par is referred to as a ‘birdie,’ two holes under par are referred to as an ‘eagle,’ three strokes a double eagle or ‘albatross,’ and four strokes a ‘condor.’ A putt in golf is a gentle stroke when the player is trying to sink the ball. It is mostly the last stroke, depending on how close the player got the ball to the hole.
The Intensity of Golf
Golf is also an intense game, and the distance within one round and between two holes can be kilometers. A round consists of eighteen holes that may be played as match play or stroke play. Depending on the game level, players may be required to walk the distance and even carry their own golf bag. However, players may use golf carts on a professional or elite level and may have caddies to carry their golf bags and give them moral support.
Who are Caddies in Golf?
Caddies are the individuals who help them carry their golf bags, and there is a rule that a caddy can only advise the player for whom he or she is carrying the golf bag. A player’s potential is measured as a ‘handicap,’ with very proficient players having lower handicaps. Match play is different from stroke play or the counting of strokes in that when a player or team scores a hole, they are awarded a point. The game in this format is won by the player or team with the most points.
The Allure of Women's Golf
Women golf is just as entertaining as men’s golf and has brought to the limelight proficient female players. Golf is very much a skilled sport, and it is not easy to win a tour without experience or expertise. Minjee Lee won the Dubai Moonlight Classic. Celine Boutier from France followed the world number nine from Australia. The tournament was a stop for the Ladies European Tour and saw Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall score an ace.
What is an Ace or Hole in One in Golf?
An ace or hole-in-one is when a player sinks the ball with their first stroke from the tee. It is scarce for a player to sink the ball into the cup or hole in a single stroke, all the way from the tee position. The tee or the tee box is the teeing ground where play is commenced, while a tee is a small ball holder used to elevate the ball.
What is the Required Number of Clubs in Golf?
A player can only have fourteen clubs and not more in their golf bag. According to the tournament level, the player may be required to carry them and walk the length of every round and the distance between rounds. Players are required to observe golf etiquette and ensure that they maintain the course’s good condition.