Are you an eagle, a birdie, or a bogey? What is an eagle in golf? It’s not just the different types of birds that golfers get so excited about—it’s also their placement on the course. An eagle is actually a type of score that happens when you finish a hole two shots under par. Now, this is pretty rare (especially for beginners), but it does happen sometimes! Here are some of the basic facts about eagles and how they relate to golf:
An eagle is a score of two under par on a hole.
A hole is considered to be completed when you land your ball in the cup, or when it comes to rest within an area designated as being nearer the hole than any other ball that has been previously played from the teeing ground (a “teeing ground” being where you start your first shot).
A score of three under par on a hole is called an albatross (“double eagle”). A score of four under par on a hole is called a birdie, and even though this sounds like something you might say after having just eaten some fried chickens, it has nothing to do with poultry. Instead, it refers to one’s ability (or lack thereof) to hit their ball into the cup.
A score of five under par on a hole is called an eagle-albatross combination (“triple eagle”). The name comes from its similarity with “double eagle,” except with one additional stroke added to it for reasons unknown.
It’s rare, but it happens.
Imagine you’re playing a round of golf with your buddies. You’ve been hitting the ball great all day, and sure enough, on a par three hole you put it in the fairway and hit your approach shot right onto the green.
Then, as you step up to putt for eagle (two strokes under par), disaster strikes: You miss everything by four feet!
Your first thought might be “How could this happen? I’m not that bad!” But we’re here to tell you that sometimes even the best players in the world can’t make a long putt for eagle. Don’t get discouraged—it happens to everyone!
An eagle isn’t always a bad thing.
It can be good, but it’s also not always good. In general, eagles are better than birdies and worse than holes-in-one. There is no difference between them in terms of points because an eagle is worth two strokes less than par on any given hole, while birdies are worth one stroke less than par and holes-in-one are all worth zero strokes less than par
Can you eagle every hole of a round of golf?
You will almost certainly shoot eagles or better on each hole of a round of golf. In fact, it is possible to shoot three or even four eagles in the same 18-hole round.
This is not as rare as you might think; there are many examples where players have made multiple albatrosses in one round of golf.
An albatross occurs when you hit your ball into the cup from a fairway bunker, whereas an eagle happens when you hit your ball onto the green and then into the hole without using any putts at all.
Both types of score occur more frequently than double-eagle scores because they require less skill than hitting two consecutive shots into very close proximity from 250 yards away with little room for error (as in a double eagle).
If you’re wondering if it’s possible to eagle every hole of a round of golf, the answer is yes! It has been done before, and it can be done again. We hope this article helped clear up any confusion about eagles and their value on the course.