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Golf Par


What Does Par Mean?

Par is a commonly used term that players often try to achieve when playing a round of golf.

Par is the expected number of strokes the golf course expects a golfer to use to complete the hole. When a golfer scores a par, he/she is even for that hole.

Other Scores Relative to Par

Let's learn about other scores a golfer can make and how they compare to making Par on a hole.

Birdie

Birdie is when a golfer uses one fewer stroke than par to complete a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a par 4 in three strokes, then he/she has made a birdie.

Bogey

A bogey is when a golfer uses one more stroke than par to complete a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a par 4 in five strokes, then he/she has made a bogey.

Double Bogey

A bogey is when a golfer uses two more strokes than par to complete a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a par 4 in six strokes, then he/she had made a double bogey.

Eagle

An eagle is when a golfer uses two fewer strokes than par to complete a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a par 5 in three strokes, then he/she has made an eagle.

Albatross

An albatross is when a golfer uses three fewer strokes than par to complete a hole. For example, if a golfer completes a par 5 in two strokes, then he/she has made an albatross, an incredibly rare feat in the game of golf. Another word for an albatross is a double eagle.