Understanding Golf Scoring Language

By Gary McCord

Part of Golf For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Golf has its own language, and its scoring lingo can be especially puzzling to understand. If understanding golf scores seems like a foreign language, the following table of golf scoring terms can help you feel right at home on the course.

Scoring Term What It Means
Ace Hole in one
Albatross/double eagle Three strokes under par on a hole
Eagle Two strokes under par on a hole
Birdie One stroke under par on a hole
Par Score a good player would expect to make on a hole or
round
Bogey One stroke over par on a hole
Double bogey Two strokes over par on a hole