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Public-images-osm logo.svg leisure = golf_course
Golf course.jpg
A place or area where you can play golf.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
should not be used on ways
may be used on areas
should not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: In use

A golf course is a place or area where you can play golf.

How to map

Draw a closed way to form an area Area around the outline of the golf course.

Or alternatively just place a node Node centrally within the course, or at significant central location e.g. close to entrance or club house.

For a basic video demo see Mapping a golf course.

Similar tags

leisure=miniature_golf for a mini-golf/crazy golf centre.

Details within a golf course

Data Key Value Description
golf tee Be aware there may be up to 4 tee boxes on a given hole, often with significant displacement from each other, and sometimes approaching the green from different directions. These are usually denoted by colours (red, white, yellow) and names (Championship, Members, Womens).
Way golf hole For the way to the hole.
Area golf hole For the entire part of the golf course which is in play for the hole. Usually this will encompass, the tee boxes, fairways, bunkers and the green. This is to be preferred to use of the way as it is a genuine mappable feature and is far more relevant to all classes of golfer than a single line showing the notional direct line to the green. (We don't draw a line to show roughly where the Rockies or Lake Superior are, there is no reason for dropping this idea for smaller area features.
Node golf pin For the place of the hole. This does change over time, usually daily to keep wear on the green even, and therefore it is best not to map it.
golf green .
Area golf bunker Additionally the tag surface=sand and natural=sand can be used to describe the bunker a little more. Do not use natural=beach just to make the bunker show in the rendering. It's not a beach! (Tagging for the renderer)
Area golf fairway Do not use the tag landuse=grass is to make the rendering more appealing. Use surface=grass
Area golf rough
golf water_hazard Usually defined by yellow stakes or lines (Rule 26) - Always tag natural=water for the parts of the hazard that are filled with water.
golf lateral_water_hazard Usually defined by red stakes or lines (Rule 26) - Always tag natural=water for the water areas iff they exist.
Area golf driving_range A driving range is an area where golfers can practice their golf swing.
Way golf out_of_bounds Usually defined by white stakes or lines.
golf gur Ground under repair (GUR) is any part of the course so marked by order of the Committee or so declared by its authorised representative.
Area golf clubhouse The building dedicated as a clubhouse. - Always tag building=yes for the building itself.


See also

Common tagging mistakes

leisure=golf_driving_range - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.

leisure=golf_pin - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.