Score Phrases and Handicaps

Scoring will be based on each individual hole, which will provide a Par value. This is an estimated value of how many strokes are required to complete the hole, which is based on a regular golfer. Golfers around the world and with different skill levels have come up with different phrases that refer to different scores per hole. These phrases may not be used by beginners, but will soon come into play as the skill level increases over time.

Many different phrases have been created for all the different scores that can be reached in golf. This includes a condor, which prefers to Par-4 or four strokes under Par. This means the player completed the hole with 4 strokes to spare, which is an amazing achievement for any golfer. Furthermore, albatross or a double eagle, refers to Par-3, eagle means Par-2, birdie is Par-1 and “equal to par” means Par.


Playing over Par, will occur multiple times in any golfers career. This does not indicate a poor golfer as many different conditions could appear on the day. There are also different phrases for holes completed over Par. These include bogey, meaning Par+1, which means the player completed the whole with one additional stroke than Par. Par+2 is referred to as a double bogey and finally, Par+3 is a triple bogey. Many other phrases have been created, which include many for Par+4 and up. The phrase as mentioned above are the most commonly used in professional golf worldwide.

The PGA tour, which is one of the world’s most popular golf tours, features some of the world’s best golfers. Even these professional players are unable to reach an eagle or fewer strokes. In the PGA tour, which features many different pro golfers, only 18 players have been able to reach an albatross during the tournament. Birdies are rather common among these professional players, but an eagle might be uncommon but definitely not rare.

What is a Handicap

The handicap system is used to determine the skill of a golfer. This is a numerical measure, which provides the skill level ranging from a beginner to an expert. The handicap represents the expected number of strokes a player will use over Par on a 18 holes course. As the play becomes better, the handicapped number will decrease, which will indicate the skill level of the player. Professional players, which have a handicap of 0 or less are known as scratch golfers. These players typically beat the overall Par of the course, which depend on the conditions of the course and weather.

A player handicap is determined in many different ways, which include multiple factors about the course as these can differ in difficulty and preference. For example, a beginner or bogey golfer, could show different skills when played on different courses. This means your handicap could be different between the two courses. This is why a number of calculations are used to determine your current handicap.

Why are Handicaps Important

Has a beginner a handicap is important to track your progress as your skills improve. This means you will start to complete the course while using a lot less strokes. When playing a tournament, handicaps are important to ensure the tournament only includes a certain skill level. This will ensure the tournament is fair and enjoyable for all players.