Is Golf Measured in Feet or Yards?

Throughout the United States and many other countries, golf courses are measured in yards.  There are some locations and countries that use meters to measure the distance of a golf course.

There aren’t any courses measured in feet.  The yard or meter measurement is more ideal as there are 3 feet for every 1 yard and the numbers would be rather large in feet.

If you are watching a PGA Tour event in the United States, everything is going to be in yards.  When some tours host events, they will often provide the yardage of a hole in both yards and meters to help players that are used to the two measurements primarily used in the world of golf.

Is A Yard or Meter longer?

A meter is about 3 inches longer than a yard.  For every 1 meter there are 1.09 yards.  So a 150 meter shot in golf would be equivalent to a 164 yards shot in golf.

The key for any golfer is to utilize a GPS Watch or Rangefinder if they are playing golf in a location where a different measurement from what they are used to is utilized.

Helpful Resources:

Most rangefinders can be set to yards or meters making it easier on all golfers.

What Countries Use Meters in Golf?











What Countries Use Yards in Golf?

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Recommendation: Create a shot chart and then make sure you have a rangefinder or GPS Watch!

The Importance of A Rangefinder or GPS Watch

Unless you are going to walk around the golf course with a calculator and convert everything into the format you are used to, the key to playing golf in a country with a measurement that you don’t use on a regular basis is the Golf GPS Watch or a Rangefinder.

How Can I Improve My Distance Control in Golf?

Any quality watch or rangefinder that you purchased will be able to be set in the mode of yards or meters.  This allows quick and relevant information that can help you select the proper golf club and shot that you are going to hit.

Most golfers know what club they hit from 150 yards or 160 yards.  Or they know that they hit their 8 iron 150 yards and a 7 iron 165 yards.  The key to any successful round is having the right distance and having a realistic distance chart.

I would highly recommend each golfer create a distance chart like the sample below:

ClubCarry Distance (100%)90%80%
2 Utility Iron210
4 iron190
5 iron181
6 iron171
7 iron163
8 iron153
9 iron143
P Club130123115
Pitching Wedge118110102
SW Club1059791
LW Club908274

Recommended Chart Creation Process

The process for mapping your bag can looking something like this:

  • Hit 5 shots with each club in your bag.
  • Log the carry distance and total distance for each shot.
  • Eliminate any outlier numbers (poor hits or low spin rates).
  • Take the average and create a map of your bag.

If you visit any PGA Tour event you will see plenty of golfers utilizing their launch monitors.  While most can’t afford a Trackman, there are some very affordable options in the 500-2000 dollar range.  I own the SkyTrak and think the world of it.  

Why Do I Hit My Driver So Short?

Here are the top 3 options to check out:

When hitting into a green like the one pictured above an accurate measurement in yards or meters is essential!

My Secret To Golf Improvement

Let’s face it, in order to get really good at golf, we must practice frequently.  About four years ago, I made the leap and invested in a golf simulator build for my garage.  I went with a SkyTrak Launch Monitor and the TGC software and can now play over 100,000 courses including Augusta, Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, Whistling Straits. St. Andrews and many other of the top 100 courses in the world.

This golf simulator setup, which is more affordable that you might imagine, has been a game changer.  I can now play golf everyday of the year regardless of rain, snow, cold weather or time of day.  I can practice or play rounds of golf.  I can stand in the 11th fairway at Augusta and with the auto-rewind feature I am able to practice my approach shots from various differences.

It is worth checking out through Rain or Shine Golf as they offer some incredible packages along with financing offers that are difficult to beat.

Some direct links to Rain or Shine Golf for pricing and financing:

Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better

What does this mean for you?  I believe in the following recipe to get better:

1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor.  Here are some options:

Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:

2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed.  Here are some options:

Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:

3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier.  Here is a series on breaking through:

We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.

4 – Practice Frequently

Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system?  It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:

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