Sandy or sandie is a terminology in golf that comes with several definitions. One of these is making par on a hole right after a golfer’s ball is in a bunker. In simpler terms, it means getting off or out of a bunker and right into the hole just with two strokes. For those who are familiar with golf, this action is also known as getting up and down from the bunker or from the sand.
A sandy can also mean a golf bet that is played within a group. This group is generally composed of amateur or recreational golfers. A golfer who wins a bet is considered as one that earns a “sandy”, and win a money or points. This definition is usually used in recreational golf games.
In addition, a sandy can also be used as an alternate term for a category used in pro tour statistics which is standardly called as, “sand save percentage” or “sand saves”
Professional Definition of Sandy
For professional tournaments, the term sandy usually takes the sand save percentage.
When talking about the sandy as a sand save percentage, it means the amount of time in percentage a golfer used to get the ball outside of the sand bunker. This time percentage is regardless of the score made. Also, the shots that have been made must be two or less. When using this definition, the final score of the golfer, which he or she had made on the hole does not matter. So technically, it can be said that a sandy or a sand save percentage is the time earned by a professional golfer outside of a greenside bunker.
Recreational Definition of Sandy
As mentioned, the term sandy can also mean a betting game that is played amongst a group of recreational golfers. In this kind of betting game, a sandy can either have a point value or a dollar value. This means that any player who wins a sandy during the 18 holes, can earn the agreed-upon value. The decision on how a sandy can be scored or earned is usually made by the participants of the betting game before the game begins.