What’s Fairway in Golf – Tee Box, Rough, Greenside Sand Bunker Explained

Fairway in golf

If you are a beginning golfer, it is useful to understand the basic layouts of the golf course. The major components of a typical golf course include the tee box, the golf fairway, rough, fairway and greenside sand bunkers, “hazard” areas, and finally, the golf putting green that contains a flagstick inserted into the cup.

This cup is the target destination for the golf ball on a particular hole. In today’s article, we will fully explain to you what those terms mean.

Tee Box – Teeing Area

tee box

The first section of every hole contains the tee box or teeing area. A particular hole can contain as many as five tee boxes that golfers access to place their ball (or “tee up their ball”) to hit the very first golf shot for that hole. There are multiple tee boxes that golfers access depending on skill level.

For example, on a typical course, there are the “back” tees that are furthest from the hole and used by more advanced players (often designated as championship tees and black in color). The second and third sets of tee boxes are closer to the hole than the back tees and designated for beginner to intermediate players (often designated in white or blue colors).

The next set of tee boxes is usually designated for female and junior golfers.

The golfers can choose to play their golf shot out of the tee box either off the ground or place the golf ball on a small manufactured device called a golf tee, usually made out of wood or plastic, which can make hitting the first golf shot easier than hitting the ball directly off the ground.

Read our article where we fully explain what Tee means in golf.

Golf Fairway

The golf fairway is the area of grass between the tee box and the golf putting green. On longer holes (greater than a par 3), it is the golfer’s goal to land the ball safely within the golf fairway when he or she hits the tee shot. If the ball lands safely in the golf fairway, then the golfer will be in a position to hit the next golf shot toward the golf putting green.

It should be noted that on “par 3” holes (where the golfer is expected to put the ball in the cup within three strokes), the golfer is expected to drive the ball directly to the golf putting green on their first shot from the tee box. Holes longer than par 3 usually require at least one extra shot to be made, with the second golf shot ideally hit from the golf fairway.

To play a good fairway shot, a golfer must pay attention to several factors: distance to the green from where he stands, the shape of the green, and the lie of the ball. To maximize his chances of playing a hole-in-one, a golfer should aim for as straight a path as possible to the hole without hitting any trees or other hazards.


Golfers who have difficulty hitting the ball squarely often resort to roughing it. Roughing it is a way to hit the ball low and close to the ground so that the clubhead doesn’t have to travel too far and can make contact more quickly. However, roughing it can be risky because any mis-hit shot can end up in the water or in a hazard.

There are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of hitting your ball poorly when playing rough. First, try to keep your approach shots as close to the green as possible. This will help you avoid having to hit your shot far off target and potentially into difficult areas on the course.

Second, use an accurate iron shot when you need one. This will give you less distance to cover and less room for error. Finally, take care not to hit your ball into hazards or water hazards; this could lead to a loss of points or even a penalty stroke.

Greenside Sand Bunker

Greenside Sand Bunker

Greenside Sand Bunker in GolfLocated in the heart of Greenside Resort, Greenside Sand Bunker is one of the most popular golfing attractions on site. This sand bunker offers a unique play experience for golfers of all levels.

The bunker is located just off the 18th green and can be accessed by following the green arrow. The bunker measures 48 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 10 feet deep. It is essentially a large mound of sand with a small hole at one end that can accommodate a ball up to 3 inches in diameter.

The bunker is designed to provide an intense challenge for even the most experienced golfer. Its narrow width and length make it difficult to hit your tee shot straight and its deepness makes it difficult to strike your ball from anywhere inside the bunker.

If you’re looking for an exciting golfing experience that will test your skills to the limit, Greenside Sand Bunker should definitely be on your list of destinations.


1. Do par 3 holes have a fairway?

In most cases, they don’t, because the fairway is mostly present on par-4 and par-5 holes.

2. How do you swing a fairway?

Many golfers swing the club too hard, trying to hit the ball as far as possible. This type of swing will often cause you to miss the fairway. Instead, try to aim your club slightly toward the center of the green. This will help you hit the ball closer to the hole and give you a better chance at making a putt.

3. What does double bogey mean in golf?

A double bogey is when a golfer takes two shots from the same hole in one round and both shots are bad.

4. What does the duff term stand for?

A duff shot is a bad shot, typically one from which the golfer would expect to make a better-quality shot but does not.

5. How can I improve my golf game?

There are a lot of things you can do in order to improve your game. One of the most important things you can do is to practice regularly. When you practice, make sure that you are working on your swing from all angles.

Another good way to improve your game is to study the golf swing of some of the best players in the world. Finally, be sure to hydrate and eat a nutritious diet. These three factors will help you play at your best and achieve your golfing goals.

Final Words

Fairway is one of the most important terms in golf, and understanding what it means can make all the difference on the green. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to strike the right shots at the right time and rise to any challenge that comes your way on the golf course.

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