Why Are Golf Terms Named After Birds?

Birdie: In the 19th century, the term “bird” was the equivalent of “cool” or “excellent” – golf scholars believe this is where the term came from.

An Atlantic City, New Jersey, course claims that the term originated there in 1903.

The meaning being a score of one under par.

Why is golf named after birds?

As the score under par increases so does the size and rarity of the bird. The term eagle, which was first used in the 1920s, means two under par and albatross, which became a golfing term in the 1930s, means three under par. The term may be derived from forecaddie.

How did golf get its name?

The word golf was first mentioned in writing in 1457 on a Scottish statute on forbidden games as gouf, possibly derived from the Scots word goulf (variously spelled) meaning “to strike or cuff”. This word may, in turn, be derived from the Dutch word kolf, meaning “bat” or “club”, and the Dutch sport of the same name.

Why is it called an albatross in golf?

The excellent Scottish Golf History website posits that the Americans simply inserted their national bird here. Albatross: This term means three under par, but the “double eagle” synonym is simply a continuation of the aviary theme of good scores. The albatross is rare, as is a three under par.

What do golf terms mean?

Updated May 24, 2019. “Birdie” is one of the basic scoring terms used by golfers, and it means a score of 1-under par on any individual golf hole. Par, remember, is the expected number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to complete a hole.