70 Funny Golf Sayings: Quotes, Quips, One-Liners

Being armed with an array of funny golf sayings and quotes can provide a good dose of comic relief to your golf game. If you can’t laugh at yourself or your buddies on a golf course, then you’re missing out on half the fun.

The trials, tests, and tribulations that the great game of golf throws your way demand this relief. As a professional golf caddy, I see golfers’ pain and torment almost daily when they walk through the ‘gates of hell’ onto the first tee.

A big part of our role is to make sure our players are having fun however much they may be struggling with their game. The same principle applies when golfing with your friends.

Consequently, being armed with a library of golf tales, jokes, funny sayings, and quotes is never a bad thing to throw them out as and when the situation demands.

Many would, perhaps, not pass censorship protocols for the readership – but as this list will show, there is still plenty of funny golf sayings on offer that will not offend!

Two men high-five while marking down on their scorecards.

Funny Golf Sayings: Amusing Quotes

The vast majority of funny golf ball sayings and golf expressions are quotes from various sources that have great relevance to what you may witness on the golf course – or what you may be thinking!

On offer here is a wide-ranging and comprehensive list of 70 funny golf sayings and quotes that have a timeless sell-by date.

Read, enjoy and absorb to arm yourself with these quotes to throw at one of your golfing buddies.

funny golf sayings: About Caddies

#1: Caddies are a breed of their own. If you shoot 66, they say Man we shot 66 today. But go out and shoot 77 and they say Hell, he shot 77. Lee Trevino (PGA Hall of Fame Golfer)

#2: Nobody but you and your caddy care what you do out there, and if your caddy is betting against you, he doesn’t care either. Lee Trevino

#3: Hell I’m going to make so much money this year, my caddy will make the top twenty money-winners list. – Lee Trevino

#4: Make friends with your caddy and the game will make friends with you. – Stephen Potter, Golf Writer

#5: The only time I talk on the golf course is to my caddy. And then only to complain when he has given me the wrong club. – Seve Ballesteros (PGA Hall of Fame Golfer)

Seve Ballesteros celebrates a good golf shot.

#6: I know you can be fined for throwing a club, but I want to know if you can get fined for throwing a caddy. – Tommy Bolt, US Open Champion 1958

#7: After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the PGA Tour. Like the last time I asked my caddy for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye. – Chi Chi Rodriquez, PGA Hall of Fame

#8: I never had one thought all week. I figured my local caddy knew this course a whole lot better than me, so I just put my hand out and played whatever club he put in it. I’d say how hard do I hit it, he’d tell me and I’d swing. The guys who come down once a year and try to get smart with Mr. Jones’ course are the dumb ones. – Fuzzy Zoeller (on his US Masters win at the first attempt)

#9: A recent survey said that a caddy lives the longest of all jobs. They get plenty of fresh air and exercise, and if there ever is a medical emergency, there is always a doctor nearby. – Unknown

#10: I was lying ten and had a thirty-five-foot putt. I whispered over my shoulder, how does this one break? My caddie says Who cares! – Jack Lemmon, Actor & Comedian

#11: I never kick my ball in the rough or improve my lie in a bunker. For that, I have a caddy. –                                      Bob Hope, Actor & Comedian

#12: If your caddy coaches you on the tee, ‘Hit it down the left side with a little draw,‘ ignore him. All you do on the tee is try not to hit the caddy. – Jim Murray, American Sportswriter

Four golfers walk along the course on a sunny day, chatting.

funny golf sayings: By professional tour Golfers

#13: They call it golf because the other four-letter words were taken. – Ray Floyd, PGA Hall of Fame

#14: If you get caught on the course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, then hold up your one-iron; even god cannot hit a one-iron.Lee Trevino

#15: You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husband’s work.Lee Trevino

#16: On being asked before the final round what he needed to shoot to win the tournament – ‘the rest of the field.Roger Maltbie, PGA Tour & TV Commentator

#17: Why am I using a new putter? Because the old one didn’t float too well.Craig Stadler, PGA Tour, 1982 Masters Champion

#18: Hockey is a sport for white men. Baseball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.Tiger Woods

Three golfers tease their friend who made a poor shot.

#19: I’m working as hard I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything would be perfect.Doug Sanders, PGA Tour

#20: I have a tip that can take five shots off everyone’s game. It’s called an eraser.Arnold Palmer, ‘The King’

#21: If profanity influenced the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. – Horace G. Hutchinson, 2-Time British Amateur Champion

funny golf sayings: Celebrities and Golf

#22: Give me golf clubs, fresh air, and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. Jack Benny, American Comedian

#23: Sex and golf are the only two things you can enjoy if you’re not good at either.Kevin Costner, Actor

#24: If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. – Dean Martin, Singer & Actor

#25: Golf is a game whose aim is to get a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.Winston Churchill, UK Politician & Author

Two female golfers smile and chat in the sunshine.

#26: My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered.Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, UK Politician

#27: If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon

#28: I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk, and a moose.Gerald Ford, US President

#29: I’m getting better at golf now because I’m hitting fewer spectators.Gerald Ford

#30: I went to play golf to try and shoot my age, but I shot my weight instead.Bob Hope

#31: I don’t care to join any club that’s prepared to have me as a member. – Groucho Marx, American Comedian & Actor

#32: The difference between golf and government is that in golf you cannot improve your lie. George Deukmejian, Diplomat

#33: The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so that you can’t see him laughing.Phyllis Diller – American Actress

Male golfer celebrates his victory with a fist pump.

Funny golf sayings: Writers and golf

#34: The golf swing is like a suitcase in which we are trying to pack one too many things. John Updike, American Novelist

#35: Golf is a game where you yell “Fore”, shoot six and write down fiveNapolean Hill, American Author

#36: The least things upset him on the links. That last missed short putt was because of the uproar of the butterflies in the adjoining meadow.PG Wodehouse, UK Author & Humourist

#37: There are three roads to ruin; women, gambling, and golf. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with golf.Andrew Perry, Sportswriter

Funny golf sayings: anonymous

#38: The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music.

#39: A gimme can be best defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well

#40: Many golfers prefer a cart to a caddy because a cart can’t count, criticize or laugh.

 #41: A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

#42: A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck.

#43: A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

#44: A good golf partner is always slightly worse than you are – and that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends.

#45: An interesting thing about golf is that no matter how badly you play, it is always possible to get worse.

#46: Golf is a game where the ball always lies poorly and the player always lies well.

#47: Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.

Male golfer smiles, resting his club on his shoulders.

#48: Golf is an easy game…It’s just hard to play.

#49: I wish I could play my normal game…just once.

#50: If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint.

#51: Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is the beginning of the next group of three.

#52: The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.

#53: Are we playing by men’s rules today, or do we count every putt?!! (Lady golfer)

funny golf sayings: Caddy Responses

Memorable caddy responses to players’ comments can only be rolled out with the right golfer – otherwise, the caddy/player relationship for the completion of any round may be in serious jeopardy! A good caddy knows when is the right time.

Occasionally, particularly amongst the older brethren of caddies with a brusque personality, they simply don’t give a damn and will use these lines with no regard for the consequence – and this rare breed somehow seems to get away with it!

Two male and two female senior golfers chat and laugh

Like a music hits chart, I present the Top 10 tongue-in-cheek responses to golfer’s comments: 

NumberFunny Golf Saying
10Golfer: ‘My golf is awful, I think I’m going to drown myself in the lake’ 
Caddy: ‘Think you can keep your head down this long?‘ 
9Golfer: ‘I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course
Caddy: ‘Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth’ 
8Golfer: ‘You think my game has improved since you saw me last?’    
Caddy: ‘Yes definitely – you miss the ball much closer now‘ 
7Golfer: ‘Do you think I can get there with a 5-iron?’                                               
Caddy: ‘Eventually‘ 
6Golfer: ‘How do you like my game?’                                             
Caddy: ‘It’s very good, but personally I prefer golf
5Golfer: ‘Do you think it a sin to play golf on a Sunday?’
Caddy: ‘The way you play, it’s a sin to play on any day‘ 
4Golfer: ‘This is the worst course I’ve ever played on’                                                
Caddy: ‘This isn’t the course, we left that an hour ago!!‘ 
3Golfer: ‘That can’t be my ball, it’s too old’                                                    
Caddy: ‘It’s been a long time since we teed off sir‘   
2Golfer: ‘Please stop checking your watch, it’s very distracting’ 
Caddy: ‘It’s not a watch sir, it’s a compass
1Golfer: ‘You’ve got to be the worst caddy in the world’                                             
Caddy: ‘I don’t think so, that would be too much of a coincidence‘ 

funny golf sayings: Comments on a golf shot

on The tee

A Gerry Adams is the call when a golfer has to hit a second tee shot – ‘playing a provisional’ relating to a former IRA Provisional leader.

An Elephants Ass is used when a tee shot goes far too high and not far forward – ‘it’s high and it stinks‘.

For Shots on the Green

An O J Simpson, the call after a poor shot that works out – ‘got away with it‘.

Female golfer celebrates, looking at her partner who she beat.

Relating to Bunkers

The controversial Adolf Hitler saying is used after a fellow golfer takes two attempts to get out of a sand trap – ‘two shots in a bunker’.

On The Green

A Bon Jovi is a popular call when a player leaves a putt well short. This call is based on the song lyric from their most popular song, Living on a Prayer, ‘halfway there!’

A Mexican, when a putt comes up just short and sits in the jaws of the hole – ‘just one more revolution‘.

A Salman Rushdie the call for a tricky putt and based on the style of writing of this controversial author – ‘an impossible read‘.

A Maradona is when a golfer faces a tricky putt from about 5 feet. Named after the disgraced legendary and diminutive Argentine footballer – ‘a nasty little five-footer.

These golf expressions are just throw-away shorts to throw in at opportune moments. You may have alternatives that you use with your buddies. Comments are welcome to hear your favorite funny golf sayings!

male golfer in pink shirt smiles at the camera - probably laughing at a funny golf saying!

Funny Golf Sayings sorted – Now It’s Time to get playing some new golf games with your buddies!

Now armed with this new library, time to get playing some new golf games with your buddies that give you the opportunity to throw out these funny golf sayings:

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I have been in love with the game of golf for over 30 years and this passion propelled me to find work in the golf sector way back in 1997. In recent years I have worked as a full-time golf caddy in Scotland and Florida until Covid struck - hopefully my wonderful lifestyle will soon return. When not working, I like to keep fit, play golf and enjoy a nice glass of single malt!

1 thought on “70 Funny Golf Sayings: Quotes, Quips, One-Liners”

  1. I just golfed today for the first time in over a decade, prepping for a charity golf thingy on Friday. Also posted a neighborhood golf event in 2 weeks, and was searching for a funny phrase to add to my write-up. Ran across this site, and I am laughing out loud, all by myself! So fun, funny and I wish I could remember them all, for the 19th hole. 😀

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