Whether you are a golfer, a golf watcher or someone looking to start playing or watching the game, golf scoring is something to learn. It will help to ensure you always understand what those graphics on your TV are and who really won the round, you or your friend. Even if you are only a casual mini-golfer, knowing how to score a round of golf will come in handy.
The object of the game of golf is to achieve the lowest score. Sounds backwards, but when you learn how golf scoring is achieved, it will make sense. Every shot you take is a point or a stroke. The object is to get your ball in the hole in fewer shots than your opponent. When you tee off, that is your first stroke and every time you hit the ball after that you count it as another stroke. Each score card will have a spot for each hole number and the names of the players. Place the number of strokes next to the persons name and under the number of the hole.
But how do you know if you’re doing well? In golf scoring, each hole has a “par”. This is the number of strokes that it should take you to get the ball in the hole. A popular type of golf course for beginners is a “par three” course. On these courses, each hole is a par three. These holes are generally short, so teeing off should get you near the green if you’re good. Other courses, including the professional courses will have a variety of par’s ranging from 3’s to 5’s. Use the par total at the end of the round to see how many shots over or under the recommended strokes you were.
In golf scoring, there are words used to describe the number of strokes taken on each hole. The first, as we have already covered, is “par”. This is the word you use if you achieved the recommended strokes on the hole. Additionally, going one over the par is called a “bogey”. Two over is a “double bogey” and so one. If you are able to get one under par, then it is a “birdie”. Two under is an “Eagle”, and three under, if you’re that lucky or good, is called a “Double Eagle” or sometimes an “Albatross”.
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