NCG's Golf Glossary: What is a double bogey?

Don't know your dormies from your doglegs? NCG's Golf Glossary is here to help. This week, what is a double bogey?

What is a double bogey? Well, here at National Club Golfer we’re the publication for the everyday player and so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to give you a step-by-step introduction to the wonderful world of the golfing lexicon.

What is a double bogey?

A double bogey is a score of two over par on a hole. Rarely is this a good thing. For professional golfers, it is generally a disaster.

For a high-handicapper, though, it could be a nett par on a difficult hole and therefore nothing to be sniffed at.

On a par 3, a double bogey would be a five. On a par 4, a double bogey would be a six. And on a par 5, a double bogey would be a seven.

How would you use it in a sentence?

“Rory McIlroy was at the top of the leaderboard until a costly double bogey de-railed his Masters challenge.”

What are its origins?

A bogey man was a term to describe a goblin or devil. A bogey score, many years ago, before the concept of par, was the mark against which the club golfer would measure themselves.

Not until the middle of the 20th century did the term bogey come to mean a score of one over par. Shortly after, the term double bogey was introduced. So now you know.

Any other business?

In the 1987 Open Championship at Muirfield, Nick Faldo’s final round was not only free of double bogeys, but also bogeys. And birdies for that matter. The Englishman meticulously recorded 18 consecutive pars to win the first of his six major titles.

what is a double bogey

At Royal Birkdale in July, Branden Grace made major history by recording an all-time low round of 62. Unsurprisingly, his round was free of bogeys (or double bogeys). He posted eight birdies and 10 pars on his way to the record books.

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