Why is it Called a Birdie, or is it Birdy ?

Just another golf terminology thrown around the course is Birdie.

We all know that we want birdies but why is it called a birdie anyway ?

The birdie came from golfers at the Atlantic City Country Club in 1899.

The term birdie originated in the United States in 1899.  H.B. Martins Fifty Years of American Golf contains an account of a foursomes match played at the Atlantic City (N.J.) CC.  One of the players, Ab Smith relates: my ball came to rest within six inches of the cup. I said That was a bird of a shot I suggest that when one of us plays a hole in one under par he receives double compensation.  The other two agreed and we began right away, just as soon as the next one came, to call it a birdie.  In 19th century American slang, bird refereed to anyone or anything excellent or wonderful.

In 1924, the wood tee was made popular by Dr. William Lowell from Maplewood, New Jersey. New Jersey is also home to the USGAs (United States Golf Association) Museum in Far Hills.

New Jersey has some of the best championship golfing in the country. No matter which region of New Jersey you’re in, a golf course is always within a short driving distance.

Mountain views in the north, Ocean views in the south and hills and trees in the center offer a great backdrop for any round of golf.

There are over 120 public courses and golf clubs to choose from. Some famous golf courses are: Crystal Springs Golf Course, Atlantic City Country Club, Baltusrol, Pebble Creek Golf Club and The Sand Barrens Golf Club. Private golf courses and country clubs number close to fifty throughout the state.

Golf communities are becoming popular in New Jersey. Houses are being built around the golf courses and are named their own community, offering a clubhouse, restaurants, and even schools for all who live within the development. Some clubs are private and only allow residents to golf while others remain open to anyone. Golf communities in New Jersey include: The Fairways at Mays Landing and Crystal Springs.

Difference Between an Executive Course and a Full Size One

A common golf term that is misunderstood is “executive course“. At first glance one might think it is some type of VIP course or very high end, but in fact the terminology “executive golf course“ really mean shorter.

These types of courses normally don’t have any par 5 holes, and have more par 3s than par 4s. This brings the total par of the course from the average 70-72 to around 58-62.

Don’t let that fool you though, a lot of executive courses are still quite difficult and can still make you pull out every one of your clubs. Not just your wedge and putter !

Do you think the course pictured to the left is a full size course or executive ? When your at the tee box it is very hard to tell which it is. Well this one is hole is a very tough par 3 at David L. Baker which is an executive course.

If you are short on time or have someone in your group that either doesn’t want to pay the price of a full course or doesn’t have the stamina or patience to play a full round, then an executive golf course is a great answer !

If you are ready for the cost, time and energy for a full course. there is no substitute !

To recap ; the main differences between a full-course and an executive course are :


  • Shorter than a full-size course
  • Normally no par 5 holes
  • More par 3 holes than 4s
  • Some are only 9 holes played over
  • Average around total par 58 to 62
  • Can still allow you to use all your clubs



When Can You Use a Mulligan ?

Golf etiquette should always be followed, but when it comes to the rules of golf most of them are very important to follow yet some rules are really just up to the people playing. Obviously when playing in any competition or at the professional level you have to follow every single rule to the T.

Then if you are just out playing a round for fun with friends or family, its best to set the guidelines at the first tee box before you tee off. This way people wont get upset for not knowing just how seriously or not seriously your playing by the rules.

For the average amateur golfer playing a round, if the ball lands behind a tree they might move it slightly just so its playable, not count every penalty, or use the ever so common mulligan.

If you are not familiar with the terminology mulligan, it basically means a takeover shot. Its normally used when a player messes up or muffs his or her first attempt at a tee box. Some people only allow a mulligan if its on the tee box, they say you cant take a do-over in the fairway, ruff, green, etc. Others say it is allowed to be used anywhere on the course, these are normally the beginers, or practice rounds.

The most common uses of mulligans are :

    • 1 per-nine holes
    • 1 pre-round
    • We have even heard 1 mulligan only at 1st tee box

Another common name :

    • Breakfast Ball

But its really up to the players playing.

Keep in mind when you bend the rules like when using a mulligan, you can not count your score as being official for anything.

What is Par in Golf ?

When playing golf you often say words that you might not fully know why you use them. Some are obvious and some are not, like why we yell fore not everyone knows. But then there are some golf terms that are just somewhat clear, like knowing that each hole has a par. But why say par ?

The term par was originally used in the stock market, to show if a stock was above or below its standard par price. But not till 1870 was the term integrated into the sport of golf by Mr. AH Doleman. He was a golf writer back then that had asked two golfers what the score was to win the trophy at the Open, and then when the tournament was over the player whom won got 2 over that score. He then wrote how the golfer won by 2 over par.

Golf courses are designed around this theory of par. Each hole is designed to be either Par 3, Par 4, or Par 5. Each hole is designed so that to get par you would need 3, 4, or 5 strokes. Each hole you get 2 strokes to putt in, and either 1, 2 or 3 to get on the green (as see n below).

As seen above you can see the strokes needed to make par on a each type of hole there is.

Here are the common terms that go along with par :

  • Hole in One Speaks for its self
  • 3 under par = Double Eagle (Only on par 5)
  • 2 under par = Eagle (on both par 4 and 5 holes)
  • 1 under par = Birdie
  • Par
  • 1 over par = Bogie
  • 2 over par = Double Bogie
  • 3 over par = Triple Bogie

After that it would be up to your handicap whether or not you pick-up, and its only good golf etiquette to pick-up rather than take too much time on the course. You can slow down the groups behind you.

What Is A Scratch Golfer?

There are many golf terms that get thrown around and a scratch golfer is one of them.

Its been apparent to us that even the average golfer doesn’t know what it means.

The most common thing that is gets confused with is a bogie golfer; many people think scratch means a mess up, making them think a higher score, hence a bogie golfer.

But its actually quite the opposite…

A scratch golfer is a “Zero Handicap” player, a golfer that plays on average par each hole. Basically a pro.

So next time someone asks you “If your a scratch golfer?”, odds are you can say “No.”


What is a 2 or 4 Man Scramble?

Scramble: A 2 or 4 Person Scramble is a golf tournament or outing that is played with 2 or 4 person teams.

Most commonly played with 2 people, a “2-Man-Scramble” (or 2-Woman-Scramble), is a tournament where each player tees off their first shot and then decides which balls lie is better, and then the player with the lesser shot picks up their ball and drops within one club length (no closer to the hole), of the “better ball”.

Both players hit their 2nd shot and again pick which is better, and both play from there. This is repeated until the ball is in the hole, even when putting.

Once both players hit their approach and you pick the best shot on the green. Mark the ball and place another marker one putter head directly above it. Then replace the ball.

Once the first player putts, your teammate can now use the mark left and place their ball one putter head below it, back in the same spot as the original ball.

With a 4 person team, its exactly the same just with 4 players.