Golf Score

In brief, the aim of golf is to complete the course in as fewer strokes as possible; your golf score.

Each hole has a par. The par for each hole defines the guideline number of strokes that should be taken to complete that hole. Par usually ranges from 3 to 5 depending on the physical length of the hole.

Your golf score is the number of strokes that you take to complete the hole. Your final golf score for your round of golf is the sum of the strokes for all holes on the course, plus any penalties (See penalty strokes) you may have incurred.

Each golf score in relation to par is defined in the table below:

 Strokes  Golfing Term  Description
- 4  Condor or Triple-Eagle  Four strokes under par
- 3  Albatross or Double-Eagle  Three strokes under par
- 2  Eagle  Two strokes under par
- 1  Birdie  One stroke under par
0  Par  Strokes equal to par
+ 1  Bogey  One stroke over par
+ 2  Double-Bogey  Two strokes over par
+ 3  Triple-Bogey  Three strokes over par

In a traditional round of golf (using stroke play) the winner is the player with the lowest golf score, however many variations of the game do exist, each with their own methods of scoring (see scoring methods).

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