If you are going to learn to play golf, you are going to want to learn a few basic rules first (such as how do you keep score). Therefore, this section is going to explain how to properly keep score during a round of golf to help you form a solid foundation of golfing knowledge.
Let’s first discuss scoring. You will notice that when you come to a new hole, it will usually say something to the effect of the hole being a par 4 hole. This means the hole should take the golfer four or less strokes to sink the ball. With that said, if you are just learning to golf, you most likely will not score par or better.
Therefore, par simply means that it took you the number of strokes the golf course said it would to sink the golf ball. However, if you are able to sink the golf ball one under par, this would be called a birdie. If a person is able to sink the golf ball two under par, it is called an eagle. And if a person is able to get the ball into the hole in 3 under par, it is called an albatross.
On the other hand, if a golfer is able to get the ball in the hole at one over par, it is called a bogey. If it takes the golfer two over par, it is called a double bogey.
In case you are wondering if the naming convention continues indefinitely, it does not. Once a golfer goes over 12 strokes, he or she has to forfeit the hole and move on.
Lastly, if you hit the golf ball into a water hazard, you will be penalized two strokes (one for initial stroke and one to get it out).
We believe this refresher will aid you immeasurably in properly keeping score. If you have any further questions about golf, you should stop by the Golf Cart Covers Guide.