Today is the annual AMT Golf Outing which means that the occasional cry of fore! will be ringing out through the evening air.
According to Golf Monthly, no one is positive about the origin of this word. Many have suggested that it is likely a shortened version of some antiquated phrase.
The definition of fore is “situated or placed in front” so it can be assumed that players began to yell fore in order to warn those in front of them that a ball was headed in their direction and the term caught on.
Another theory suggests that fore stems from the common practice of using forecaddies centuries ago since golfers could not afford to lose costly balls. During play, a golfer would shout fore! to a forecaddie so that he would be prepared to spot an incoming ball and track its location.
Others have suggested that fore is an abbreviation of “beware before!”, a phrase once used by artillerymen to warn the infantry along the front lines before they fired missiles.