Golf … by Xanthippe

Puzzle explanation

Hole answers were entered with T (the tee) moved to the start and O (representing the hole) moved to the end. The first letters of the extra words in clues spelt out “… is a good walk spoiled” to complete the puzzle’s title.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word Answer Explanation Honour shots, opponent shots Leader
Holes
1 iron LIFT-OFF (g)OLF FIT F(or) S 4, X 3 Xanthippe +1
2 Seal LOMENTA METAL ON(ly) X 4, S 3 Equal
3 abbot DEODATES (bore)D SEATED O(ffers) S 5, X 3 Xanthippe +1
4 guns’ EARSHOT (m)OST HEAR X 4, S 3 Equal
5 of ROTE (s)ORT E(cho) S 2, X 2 Equal
6 over XENOLITH (purp)LE TOXIN H(ot) S 4, X 4 Equal
7 debt POT LUCK (rac)K UP TO CL(aim) S 4, X 3 Xanthippe +1
8 Well PRO RATA PARATRO(oper) X 4, S 3 Equal
9 asks REPORTAGE (th)E PORTER AG(ain) S 4, X 5 Solver +1
10 Low ROTUNDA (hoste)D TOURNA(ment) S 3, X 4 Solver +2
11 kids NOVELTY ON TV YEL(ling) S 4, X 3 Solver +1
12 sees UPSTROKE (golf)ER PUTS OK X 4, S 4 Solver +1
13 Punk DIORITE TRIO I DE(test) X 4, S 3 Solver +2
14 on IOTA (b)OAT I(mporting) S 2, X 2 Solver +2
15 iron OPERATED (tr)ADE PORT E(ntries) S 4, X 4 Solver +2
16 loci POSTMAN (i)S TO MAP N(ew) S 4, X 3 Solver +1
17 eases MITOSES (th)IS STEM O(n) X 5, S 2 Solver +2
18 debut LEUCOCYTE (dr)Y CLUE TO CE(ll) S 5, X 4 Solver +1
Course
    SPRED PRE in (STABLEFORD − (T + ABLE + FOR))
    PALETOT O(pen) in PALETT(e)
    PULP (L + UP) < + P(utt)
    SONES SCONES − C (12 in hexadecimal)
    SHRANK (golfe)R in SHANK
    TOTE TOE around ’T
    STOT SHOT with T for H
    ELFISH ELS − S + FINISH − IN
    DEFOE DEF + O’ + (gr)E(en)
    ENID NINE < with ’D for (pi)N
    TOTANUS TO + (US after TAN)
    SPREE SEE around P(a)R(s)
    STATOR ROTATES < − E
    PROPHET PRO + P + THE *
    REALISE RE + A + SLICE * − C
    EPAULE (L(a)U(d)E(d) P(l)A(y)E(r)) *
    PARKERS 2 meanings
    LETS ESTELLE * − LEE *
    THORN (R + N) after (T + HO(le))
    FROST FR + O’ + S + T
    IRENICS (I + RC’S) around (IN + E) <
    DRESSER (R(ange) + ESSE) in DR
    TADPOLE (LED TO PGA) * − G
    CAME UP ÂME in CUP
    ROTATE (TO REACT) * − C
    ETEN (th)E TEN(th)
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