What is an Albatross in Golf?
A Hole-In-One is usually what most golf players dream of achieving. But shouldn’t an albatross rank as high, or even higher? In this article, we will delve into how incredible an achievement getting an albatross really is (and what it is). We will also reveal what pieces of evidence we have for when the first Albatross was scored.
(And if you scroll down you will find a video of the Top 10 Albatrosses on the European Tour!)
Is Golf a Good Walk Spoiled or is achieving an Albatross realistic?
The “PAR” system is really unique to the game of golf and usually separates the length of the hole. A par 3, where the goal should be to complete the hole in 3 strokes or less, is shorter than a par 5 where the goal is to complete the hole in 5 strokes or less.
Golfers usually allows 2 putting stroke on every given hole, thus for a par 5 that means you will need to reach the green in 3 strokes.
Example: How to make par on a Par 5. (Of course, i.e. 5 iron is only an example, it could be any transport/distance club)
Driver -> 5 Iron -> Wedge -> putt -> putt -> PAR
Better than a Par is 1 stroke below par – a “Birdie”. In order to achieve a birdie on a Par 5, you have to eliminate one of the strokes in the example given above. Either you
Drive -> 5 iron -> Putt -> Putt or Drive -> 5 Iron -> Wedge -> Putt
Okay, so far so good. But what if you manage to eliminate 2 of those shots? That’s when you get 2 strokes below Par and that is 3 strokes on a Par 5 and this is called getting an “Eagle”.
To achieve the eagle you have to eliminate 2 strokes out of the first example!
Driver -> 5 Iron -> Putt -> EAGLE
Just to get you up to speed, and Eagle is achieved getting -2 strokes on any Par. So for a Par 4 you need to complete the hole in 2 strokes.
Well, this Eagle-business seems hard enough. When will you explain the Albatross? As you might have figured out by now, to achieve an Albatross you have to eliminate another of the strokes given in the first example – that is 3 strokes below par. On a Par 5 you have to complete the hole in 2 shots! A lot of good golfers perfect their putting using an “at-home” putting mat.
Just to get the message across I will continue with my first example and illustrate how that would be achieved:
Driver -> 5 Iron -> ALBATROSS
If you are like me, and still don’t believe it is possible here is a video of the Top 10 Albatrosses on the European Tour
Number 5 is my favorite, 230 something yards and no visibility of the flag!