Nineteenth hole

Nineteenth hole

The Nineteenth hole is a slang term used in golf, generally referring to a pub, bar, or restaurant on or near the golf course, very often the clubhouse itself.[1] A standard round of golf has only eighteen holes[2], so golfers will say they are at the 'nineteenth hole', meaning they are enjoying a drink after the game. The concept is similar to Après-ski in skiing.[3] In miniature golf, the 19th hole on most courses is usually the hole that one can putt to win a free game.[4] The 'nineteenth hole' is also a slang term meaning the place where they bury people who get in the way.[5]

The golf stories of author P. G. Wodehouse, which are narrated by his character, the Oldest Member, discuss the nineteenth hole.[6]

At the beginning and towards the end of the Lars von Trier movie Melancholia[7], the main character Claire is shown as she passes the nineteenth hole on the golf course belonging to the mansion where the movie takes place. The 'funny' thing about this is that the owner of the estate explicitly mentions that the golfcourse has 18 holes.


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  • nineteenth hole — n the nineteenth hole an expression used humorously by ↑golf players meaning the bar where they drink after playing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nineteenth hole — ☆ nineteenth hole n. Informal any place, as the bar of a clubhouse, where golfers meet for drinks and conviviality after playing a round of golf …   English World dictionary

  • nineteenth hole — n. a place to buy an alcoholic beverage after a golf game. (Likely to be filled with golfers who have played eighteen holes of golf.) □ All off us gathered at the nineteenth hole to celebrate a great match. □ I hit a hole in one on the first hole …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • nineteenth (hole) —    the bar at a golf club    The first eighteen involve striking a ball and walking after it. Occasionally the nineteenth may where you drink other than in the clubhouse, or what you drink:     We finished the eighteen holes and went back to the… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • nineteenth hole — nine′teenth hole′ n. inf inf a place where golfers gather after play to relax • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • nineteenth hole — Informal. the clubhouse or any other place where golfers gather after play to relax, talk, or have a drink. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • nineteenth hole — noun a) The clubhouse at a golf course. b) The pub after a game of golf …   Wiktionary

  • Nineteenth hole — bar in a golf clubhouse …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • nineteenth hole — Australian Slang bar in a golf clubhouse …   English dialects glossary

  • nineteenth hole — noun humorous the bar in a golf clubhouse, as reached after a round of eighteen holes …   English new terms dictionary

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