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How to Read Pin Sheets

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What are Pin Sheets?
LPGA Tour Pin Sheet

Nine holes from a pin sheet used on the LPGA Tour.

Courtesy of the LPGA Tour
A pin sheet is something golfers encounter at some, but not all, golf courses. The purpose of the pin sheet is to tell golfers where on the putting green the hole is located. Is it front, middle or back? Left, right or center?

Pin sheets can be very basic or can provide a bit more information and be a little bit more complex to interpret. Over the following few pages, we'll take a look at different types of pin sheets golfers can encounter, from the most basic version to the more informational ones.

Note that pin sheets can also be called pin charts, hole charts, hole location sheets or hole location charts. Golf courses that use pin sheets usually provide them free of charge to all golfers; they might be printed on glossy, high-stock paper or be a simple photocopied sheet of paper. But regardless of the form, all of them serve a good function: providing the golfer with information about the hole. (continue to next page)

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