Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A golf course.
  • n.pl. Scots Relatively flat or undulating sandy turf-covered ground usually along a seashore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of link.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of link.
  • n. A golf course, especially one situated on dunes by the sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tract of ground laid out for the game of golf; a golfing green.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a golf course that is built on sandy ground near a shore

Etymologies

From Middle English link, ridge of land, hill, from Old English hlinc, ridge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See link. (Wiktionary)
From Scots link ("sandy, rolling ground near seashore"), from Old English hlinc ("rising ground"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "The word comes from Old English and refers to a coastal topography behind a beach, a somewhat dunal and undulating landscape, untillable, under bushes of prickly gorse, scattered heather, and a thin turf of marram and other grasses. Scotland is necklaced by these essentially treeless linkslands, brought up from the deep by the crustal rebounding of a region once depressed by glacial ice, links about as vulnerable to sea surges as Los Angeles is to earthquakes, common grazings good for little else but the invention of public games, where marine whirlwinds could blow out the turf and create ancestral bunkers—for example, Turnberry, Muirfield, Dornoch, Crail, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Royal Troon."
    "Linksland and Bottle" by John McPhee, in The New Yorker, September 6, 2010, p 50

    September 8, 2010