What is 'junk' in golf: birdies, greenies, sandies
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What is ‘junk’ in golf: birdies, greenies, sandies

If you've played golf long enough, you've probably played with someone who likes to keep track of the junk in a golf round. However, you might not know all of the junk -- or dots, trash, or garbage -- that can be tracked when you play. So, we've put together a list of all the junk we play, which isn't typically weighted all the same.

Junk on the golf course

  • Birdies: This is pretty self-explanatory. If you make a birdie or better, you get one of these.
  • Sandies: When you make par or better after hitting in a bunker after any shot on a hole. If you make par after hitting it into two bunkers, then you make a double sandy. If somehow you make par or better after hitting it in three bunkers, then that's a triple sandy.
  • Greenies: This is only available typically on par 3s, though some choose to add in par 5s. The player who reaches the green in regulation and is closest to the pin can win the greenie, provided they make par or better.
  • Chippies: This is earned when a player chips-in or holes out from off the green. You can earn a sandy and a chippie on the same swing.
  • Barkies: When you still make par or better after hitting one or more trees on your way.
  • Sharkies: When you hit your ball in a water hazard and still manage to make par or better.

This is pretty standard junk, then there's other more obscure trash that certain groups like to track, including longest drive on a hole, closest to the pin in regulation on a hole.

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