What does birdie mean?

One stroke under par

Birdie is a golf score that means one stroke under par, which is the number of strokes it takes to complete a course hole. Other common golf scoring terms are eagle (two strokes under par), bogey (one stroke over par), and double bogey (two strokes over par).

The term is believed to have come from the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, New Jersey when a golfer shot a 3 on a par 4 after hitting a bird on his second shot. The other 2 golfers with him at the time dubbed that the golfer's second shot was a "bird." From then on, a -1 (one stroke under par) grew in popularity and golfers around America began to refer to the score as a "birdie." Birdie is also the name for the shuttlecock used in badminton.


He almost shot an eagle the second hole but settled for a birdie
A scorecard with birdie scores in brown
A scorecard with birdie scores in brown

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Updated August 17, 2016

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