Golf scoring terms : All about score

Prior to becoming a pro golfer, knowing all the golf scoring terms becomes mandatory. In general, golf scoring terms means the perimeter of scoring based on what every golfer scores. If you are interested in learning the basics of golf scoring terms, then following this article is going to benefit you greatly.

Golf scoring terms

Like most other sports, golf also has so many terms that everyone needs to know before jumping into the professional level, and all the scoring terms of golf are interconnected with one single term, which is known as par score. So, without making any further delays, let’s get started with the ‘Par’ score first.

Par score

  • Par score means the expected number of strokes that a professional player should take to complete a particular hole.
  • That means, if Tiger Woods is playing on a 5 par hole, then it is expected that he is going to complete that hole with the number of 5 strokes or maybe less.
  • The Par score can be of another kind, which is known as the course Par score. The course’s par score suggests the aggregated par hole scores of that particular course. That means if you are playing in an 18 hole course, and the course is marked with a total of 72 par score, then it means that the aggregated par score of all the 18 holes is 72, and each of the holes is expected to have a par score of 4.
  • Oh, by the way, if you take the exact number of strokes that the hole’s ‘par’ suggests, then it is known as ‘Even’ or the same as par.

If you are clear about the term par score, then we are ready to take you to the next section that would talk about ‘Birdie’ and ‘Bogey’.

Birdie

  • If you take one stroke less than the par score, then it is known as a Birdie. Birdie is also known as one under par.
  • While writing the score on the scorecard, a player can write it as -1 or can write the number of strokes that he took to complete the hole.
  • If you are playing on a 5, 4, or 3 par hole, then taking 4, 3, or 2 strokes to complete the hole will consider as a birdie.

Birdie can be of another three kinds. They are Eagle, Albatross or Double eagle, and Condor. Let us have a look at the definitions of all these three terms.

Eagle

  • Eagle means taking two strokes less than the par hole score. Eagle is also known as two under par.
  • While writing the score on the scorecard, a player can write the score as -2 or can write the number of strokes that he took to complete the hole.
  • Taking 3 strokes on a par-5, or taking 2 strokes on a par-4, or taking 1 stroke on a par- 3 hole will make sure that you are an eagle. 

Albatross or Double eagle

  • An albatross or double eagle means taking three strokes less than the par hole score.
  • Albatross is not practically possible on a 3-par hole. If you are playing on a 4 or 5 par hole, then taking 3 or 4 strokes to complete the hole is going to make you an Albatross or Double eagle.
  • While writing on the scorecard, you can write -3 to define an albatross or can directly write the number of strokes that you took to complete that particular hole.

Condor

  • Condor is practically possible on a 5-par hole. If you take 4 strokes less than the par hole score, then it is known as a condor.
  • Condor is a kind of rare incident that you would not, probably, see in your lifetime. If any player is claiming to get a condor, then two definitions are possible. Either it is a miracle, or the player is lying.
  • Condor is quite impossible because, on a 5-par hole, the total yardage is going to be too lengthy. As a result, without the presence of a miracle, it is quite impossible to get a condor.
  • While writing on the scorecard, you write -4 to define a condor, or can directly write the number of strokes that you took to complete the hole.

Bogey

Now that we are finished with defining Birdie, let us start defining Bogey.

  • Bogey means taking one stroke over the par score.
  • Taking 4, 5, or 6 strokes to complete a par-hole of 3, 4, or 5 means making a bogey. Bogey is not a kind of score that you should be proud of.
  • While writing on the scorecard, you need to write +1 or directly can write the number of strokes that you took to complete that particular hole to define a bogey.

Bogey can be of another two kinds. They are the double bogey and the triple bogey.

Double bogey

  • Double bogey means taking two strokes over the par score.
  • Taking 5,6, or 7 strokes on a par-hole of 3,4, or 5 will define that you have made a double bogey.
  • To write double bogey on the scorecard, you need to write +2 on the scorecard or directly can write the number of strokes that you took to complete that particular hole.

Triple bogey

  • Triple bogey is the worst scoring term possible. It means taking three strokes more than the par hole score.
  • In most of the cases, high-handicap or amateur golfers tend to make triple bogey very often.
  • On the scorecard, you can mark it as +3.

Ace

Ace is the last kind of definition that we would talk about in this article.

  • Ace means completing any hole with one stroke only.
  • Many people tousled the term Ace with the condor. But, both the terms are not the same. Condor is not possible on a 3 or 4 par hole, whereas Ace is possible in any kind of hole.
  • Ace is mostly possible on a 3-par hole. On a 4-par hole, it is hard but not impossible. But, on a 5-par hole, it is quite impossible, and a rare incident that you would see

Final words

Golfing is fun and exciting when you know all the slight information regarding the game. In case you are still not aware of all the terms of golf, then it is high time to give it a try.

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