Golf Eagle

Golf Scoring Terminology – What is a Golf Eagle?

Additional Golf Scoring Terminology:

Eagles in golf are less common than birdies. The golf eagle is equal to two strokes less than par on a particular golf hole. Since birdie was established as the term for one under par, a golf eagle was naturally better because it described a two under par golf hole. An eagle is a big bird physically, so it made sense to use as the term for two under par, especially in America because it’s the national bird.

An eagle is a majestic bird, therefore it is an appropriate name for such a golf score. Writing an eagle on a golf scorecard is almost as fun as hitting the shots…the feeling is majestic. It’s a huge momentum swing for not only your overall score, but for your confidence as well.

Scoring a golf eagle can only be done a few ways. The most common golf eagle occurs on a par 5 when the golfer reaches the green in two shots, and then makes one putt to score a three. Many golf eagles are made by chipping in from off the green where you don’t even need to putt the ball. On a par 4, unless you were able to drive the golf ball onto the green in one shot, a golf eagle can only occur by chipping or pitching the ball into the hole on the approach shot to make a two.

A golf eagle on a par 3 is normally not ever referred to as an eagle. Instead, we have the term “hole-in-one”, and that is what is most commonly used when someone makes a one on a par 3. But a hole-in-one meets the definition of a golf eagle because it is two under par on that hole.

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