Keeping score in golf is fairly simple. After each hole, you will record the number of strokes required to complete the hole. At the end of your round, add up the scores for each hole and you will have a total score for all 18 holes.

Each hole has a specified number of strokes, called pars, that a skilled golfer is expected to complete. The hole can be a par 3, par 4 or par 5. For a par 3, the golfer should complete the shot (par) in three holes, theoretically from the tee green and in two putts. For a par 4, it is expected that two shots will reach the green and once again, two putts will finish. A par 5 is the longest hole and the golfer is allocated 3 strokes to the green and 2 putts to finish.

Golf also has a scoring name for holes that are under and over par. For example, if you play a par 5 on a par 4, that is 1 over par or
"bogey". Six strokes is
"Double bogey". A score of one over par (i.e. 2 strokes on a par 3) is a 'birdie'. Beat par by two strokes and you have made an 'eagle'. Obviously, the goal is to make par, birdie and eagle while avoiding bogeys, double bogeys and worse.

For restrictive purposes, the USGA has developed a system called Equitable Stroke Control, which helps to minimise the impact of disaster holes. These should be adjusted after a round and your maximum score on each hole depends on your handicap.

Tips for maintaining your score.

1. When playing a hole pay attention to how many strokes you have made so that you don't have to count them afterwards.

2. Make sure you write down your score when you finish the hole so you don't forget it.

3. Mobile apps and other tools can be used to help you keep score.


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