What is the name given to a score of 3 under par for one hole?

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Three Under Par
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Clue

Two possible answers – both are large birds.

Answer

Depending on where you live and play the answer will be either an Albatross or Double Eagle.

More about a score of 3 under par

  • Albatross was the original British term used. The exact origin is unclear but the first written reference dates back to a newspaper article about a local golf match between Durham and West Hartlepool, captained by their respective Mayors in 1929.
  • In America Double Eagle become the common term after being reported as such in the press after Gene Sarazen holed out for 2 on Augusta National’s 15 th hole in the 1935 Masters.
  • Logically the term Double Eagle actually makes no sense. An eagle is 2 under par which means that a double eagle should be 4 under par.
  • The first 3 under par score reported in the press was in South Africa in 1931 where E.E. Wooler scored a hole in one on the 271 yard par 4 18th.
  • According to former Golf World writer, Bill Fields, the odds of scoring an albatross / double eagle is 6 million to 1.
  • There are lots of video clips of great golf shots going in the hole for an albatross / double eagle. We chose this one to Fire up your Golfing Soul because we love the tracking of the ball as it crosses the green towards the cup on 2 at Augusta National.

It's an albatross," Padraig Harrington once said, incredulous that anyone would dare call it anything else. "There's no such thing in life as a double eagle. Is there? Two eagles side by side are two eagles, not a double eagle. You don't refer to animals ... 'Oh, I just saw a double elephant over there.' There's no doubting what it is. It's an albatross."