Definitions

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

  • n. A removable pole with a flag marking the placement of each hole on the putting greens of a golf course.

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  • n. The pole which marks the location of a hole

Etymologies

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flag +‎ stick

Examples

  • A few hands were shaken, and Davis Love III pulled the flagstick from the hands of a jubilant caddie and put it back with a look of irritation.

    Americans run wild after putt

  • Dried sunflower stalks with empty beer cans stuck on top were placed in the holes, and there was an art to leaning the "flagstick" on chip shots.

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  • From the middle of the 18th fairway he hit the flagstick with his approach and saw his ball bounce off the green – an injustice he quickly corrected by chipping in for an outrageous birdie.

    Masters 2011: Charl Schwartzel wins epic at Augusta

  • Â We see the flagstick right in front of us and we put so much pressure on ourselves that we are doomed from the start.

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  • Noticing a flagstick in the distance, one would challenge the other and off they'd go, with whoever got there in the fewest strokes declared the winner (they would certainly figure out what the hole was for, too).

    Can We Have More Match Play?

  • The loser would point to the next flagstick for a chance to win his money back, and match play is born.

    Can We Have More Match Play?

  • The ball took a big bounce upon landing on the green, headed straight for the hole but clanked off the flagstick to 25 feet.

    Round of 65 puts Villegas in contention at British Open

  • One of the biggest roars came when the Notre Dame leprechaun's flagstick snapped in half as he charged out to the field.

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  • From the first tee, you couldn't see the flagstick because of the mist.

    Through a Glass Darkly

  • It is a straight-hitters hole, and I tend to hit largish draws, which means, standing on this tee, that I always had to try to find the courage to aim at the hillside of trees to the right of the green and hope I made good enough contact to work the ball back toward the flagstick.

    The Italian Summer

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