Golf Tattoo Ideas

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Golf Tattoo Ideas
A tattoo can symbolise your love for golf. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

All tattoos should be a highly personal portrayal of a particular passion felt by the person wearing them. For many, the sport of golf is a very passionate experience and aspect of their lives. Though it is not exactly commonplace for a golfer to be riddled with tattoos, there are still a number of tattoos that can both display your love for the game and be subtle enough not to infringe upon the honourable nature of it. As with any tattoo, take time to consider the design details and the appropriate placement on your body before having it applied.

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Low Score

Every golfer has had that one unbelievable round of golf where everything seemed to be working in your favour and you could do no wrong. These rounds typically lead to the lowest score you've ever had. As a badge of honour noting this low score, consider having the digits tattooed to your arm or over your heart. The numbers do not need to be large but they should be obvious and legible. The tattoo will not only serve as a reminder but also a goal and motivation. Should you ever break that record, there is no need for a removal of the tattoo -- a simple "cross-out" and a new tattoo underneath will suffice.

Script Quote

Since the invention of golf there have been numerous famous and notable quotes affiliated with it. Humorous quotes, such as Arnold Palmer's "I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It is called an eraser." Or serious quotes, like Sam Snead's "Of all the hazards, fear is the worst." Consider having the full quote or just a portion of it, such as, "'s called an eraser" or "...fear is the worst." The quote should also be paired with a hyphen and name underneath to reference the person who said it.


Portrait tattoos are highly detailed, lifelike renderings that resemble a photograph more than a drawing. Portraits are usually reserved for memorial tattoos, honouring a loved one, family member or hero. True diehard fans of the game who don't mind a slightly larger-than-average tattoo should consider a portrait paying homage to the old titans of golf. Players like Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus would make an excellent portrait tattoo that you and every player you know would be able to appreciate.


A skull-and-golf-bones is a tattoo that speaks to the humorous as well as the serious side of golf. It looks like a typical skull-and crossbones, but with golf clubs crossing the skull instead of bones. The top of the skull's head is dimpled like a golf ball and in place of one of its teeth is an inverted, golden golf tee. You can choose to work in other objects of the game, such as a flag pin or divot tool.

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