Activities Sports & Athletics Holed (What that Golf Term Means) Share PINTEREST Email Print That ball is 'holed.'. Mike Clarke/E+/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated January 15, 2019 A golf ball is considered "holed" — in the cup, your work on that hole is done — when it is at rest within the cup and all of the ball is below the surface of the putting green.. That means that if a ball embeds in the side of the hole but all the ball is below the lip, the ball is considered holed. If the ball is not fully below the lip, the ball is not holed. A ball is also considered holed in match play if your opponent concedes your putt to you, or concedes the hole to you. Essentially, saying the ball is holed is a way of saying that you've completed play of the hole you are on. Also Known As: "Holed out." Examples: "Is your ball holed?" "Yes, I've holed out." Any shot — whether a putt, a chip, a pitch shot or even from longer distances, that results in the ball falling into the cup is called a "hole out." Definition in the Rule Book The official definition of "holed" as it appears in the Rules of Golf, written by the R&A and USGA, is this: When a ball is at rest in the hole after a stroke and the entire ball is below the surface of the putting green. When the Rules refer to “holing out” or “hole out,” it means when the player’s ball is holed. For the special case of a ball resting against the flagstick in the hole, see Rule 13.2c (ball is treated as holed if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green).