The term shotgun, when used in golf, means a style of tournament. Most tournaments, like the Masters, use a normal starting style. Groups of golfers take turns going to the first hole, and then when that group moves on to the second hole, another group starts at the first hole.
However, for a tournament that wants to run more quickly, like a company picnic, they take a shotgun approach. That has all groups on the course at the exact same time, each starting at a different hole. So one group starts at hole 1, another group at hole 2, another group at hole 3, and so on. The groups then all cycle around, with groups going from hole 18 (the last hole) back to hole 1 to finish off the ones they skipped.
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