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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 12, 2022 and last updated on July 26, 2023

The topic of golf presents an intriguing subject for English learners as it offers a captivating blend of sports and leisure to explore. Engaging with golf-related discussions can significantly enhance language proficiency by introducing sports-specific vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and descriptive language.

Moreover, delving into golf’s history, rules and techniques fosters cultural awareness and provides a platform for practicing verbal skills, such as giving instructions and recounting experiences.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Golf

Golf is a sport enjoyed by many people all over the world.

Some people consider golf to be a sport for the rich, where business professionals would regularly discuss and negotiate deals whilst having a round of golf.

Even though golf is thought to be a sport mainly for men, it is now becoming increasingly popular with women as well.

People like golf for many different reasons. Some people like the skill involved in driving the ball from the tee and trying to get a hole-in-one. Others enjoy the social aspect of golf where you can spend the day walking around a golf course with wonderful scenery and beautiful views while talking and relaxing with friends.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • round (noun)
  • enjoyable (adjective)
  • hang out (phrasal verb)
  • relaxation (adjective)
  • competitive (adjective)
  • socialize (verb)
  • unwind (verb)
  • boring (adjective)
  • consider (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Why do you think people enjoy playing golf?
  • Have you ever played golf? If no, is golf a sport you would like to try?
  • Do you know anyone that plays golf?
  • Do you think golf is more of a male or female sport?
  • Have you ever watched golf on the TV?
  • Why do you think some people dislike golf?
  • Do you think professional golfers deserve to be paid as much so much money?
  • Would you like to be a professional golf player?
  • What do you think is the most difficult thing about playing golf?
  • Why do you think golf is more popular with older people rather than youngsters?
  • Do you think most people play golf for the sport or for the social aspect?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.