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Q: golf ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: golf
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: hose7-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 08 Jul 2005 16:25 PDT
Expires: 07 Aug 2005 16:25 PDT
Question ID: 541408
What is the height of a hole pin ?
Subject: Re: golf
Answered By: googlenut-ga on 08 Jul 2005 17:18 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello hose7-ga,

By ?hole pin? I assume that you are referring to the flagstick.  The
United States Golf Association (USGA), which defines the rules of golf
in the United States, recommends that the flagstick be at least seven
feet in height, although this does not appear to be a requirement.

United States Golf Association 
?US/17/100  Flagstick Dimensions  

The USGA recommends that the flagstick be at least seven feet in
height and that its diameter be not greater than three-quarters of an
inch from a point three inches above the ground to the bottom of the

United States Golf Association
The Rules of Golf

I hope I have provided the information that you are looking for.  If I
have misunderstood your question, or if you need further information,
please let me know by using the request for clarification feature,
prior to rating the answer.


Search Strategy:

I made the following search using Google:

golf rules

This led me to the USGA website.  I searched for ?flagstick? at the USGA website.

Request for Answer Clarification by hose7-ga on 08 Jul 2005 20:03 PDT
I did mean flagstick. But I am puzzled by the requirement reading "at
least" seven feet, rather than seven feet -- period.  Here's why:  I
bought a pin-finder, which purports to show me the distance to a pin.
It's an 8-power monocular, with a scale inside, showing yardage and
meters. You put the bottom of the scale on the green-level at the base
of the pin, and read the yardage from the top of the pin. Now, as you
probably know, calculating angular size/object height/distance, if you
know any two of those quantities you can calculate the third. The
pin-finder, I think, measures the angular size visually on the scale,
and must assume a standard object height, in order to give the
distance. But if the pin or flagstick has no standard size, how could
it work ?

Clarification of Answer by googlenut-ga on 08 Jul 2005 20:54 PDT
Hello hose7-ga,

I am not prepared to explain how a pin-finder works. You might want to
post a separate question for that.  My guess, however is that the
flagstick is typically 7 feet tall.  I found a few links to support
Golf Glossary
?flagstick - (aka: "pin", "stick") a slender pole, usually about 7
feet in height, with a flag on it placed inside the cup to mark the
location of the hole.?

Pretty much what it sounds like. The rod that holds the flag 6-1/2
feet above the ground.

The USGA recommend that flag sticks be no less than 7 feet in height.
But in practice, we see flag sticks that are 7 feet long and are
submerged into the hole about 6 inches.?

Yahoo Shopping
A slender pole, usually about 7 feet in height, with a flag on it
placed inside the cup to mark the location of the hole.?

I hope this helps.

hose7-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: golf
From: googlenut-ga on 08 Jul 2005 22:33 PDT
Thank you for the 5-star rating and the tip!


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