What beats a birdie in golf ?

In golf, an eagle is better than a birdie, and an albatross is better than an eagle. A hole in one is best!

"Birdie", meaning a score of one stroke under Par, comes from the early 20th century American slang term "bird", meaning anything excellent. The September 1911 edition of Maclean Magazine described a golf shot as - '"bird" straight down the course, about two hundred and fifteen yards.'

"Eagle", a score of two under par for a given hole, was clearly the extension of the theme of birds for good scores from a "birdie".

Albatross is the term for three under par and is a continuation of the birdie and eagle theme, but is in fact a British term.

See Scottish Golf History for other meaning of golf words.

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Tuesday, October 17 2017
Source: http://www.scottishgolfhistory.net/bogey_par.htm