Golf Scoring Terminology – What is an Albatross in Golf?
Additional Golf Scoring Terminology:
An albatross is an extremely rare sea bird, and it’s the largest of all sea birds. Their wing span can be more than 10 feet long, and they can fly for extremely long periods of time and distances. This is the reasoning behind why it’s used for a three under par golf score on one hole; because it’s so rare, but also maybe because in order to land an albatross golf score on your card, you’re going to have to hit a golf ball that will fly for a long time and for a far distance. A golfer can only achieve an albatross in golf on par 4s and par 5s. It’s impossible to make an albatross on a par 3 because that would mean you would have to make a zero to achieve three under par…and that’s not possible.
Any albatross golf score is made mainly on par 5s by holing out from the fairway on the second shot to make a two. This is because of the simple fact that there are far more chances to reach a par 5 in two than there are driveable par 4s on the golf courses across the world. An albatross golf score is so rare that it’s hardly ever seen on TV or in person, or much less even heard about.
The only way to make a golf albatross on a par 4 is to make a hole-in-one, and these scores are only reserved for the longest hitters of the golf ball because that’s the only chance. You’ve probably heard the term “never up, never in”. It’s so true in that if you can’t get the ball to the hole, you’ll never get the ball in the hole. That’s a prerequisite of making a golf albatross on a par 4…oh yeah, and then there’s that accuracy thing too that you’ll need to take into consideration.
This term is often misspelled, probably because it’s not used often or seen very often, or much less even talked about. It is often referred to as a golf albatros with only one “s”. But if you can make one, I’ll let you spell it any way you wish. You say golf albatross, I say golf albatros. You say tomato, I say tomato.
The term probably used more so than the actual golf albatross term is “double eagle”. These terms are interchangeable as they both mean the same thing. But if you think about it, wouldn’t a double eagle mean four under par? I mean, if one eagle is two under par, wouldn’t doubling that mean four under par? This term has never made sense to me, but it’s still probably used more often than the real albatross golf term.