What is a condor in golf? We explain the rarest of birds in golf
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What is a condor in golf? We explain the rarest of birds in golf


When a golfer scores 1 under par on a hole, it's called a birdie.

When a golfer scores 2 under par on a hole, it's called an eagle.

When a golfer scores 3 under par on a hole, it's called an albatross (not a double eagle).

What is a hole-in-one on a par 5 called?

Until 1962, no one had a reason to wonder what a score of 4 under par on a golf hole would be called. Then Larry Bruce made a hole-in-one on the dogleg-right 480-yard par-5 fifth hole at Hope Country Club in Hope, Ark. There needed to be a term for 4 under par on a hole.

That term is condor.

How many times has a condor been made in golf history?

A condor in golf is extremely rare. It is only known and verified to have happened six times in golf history:

The golfers who have scored condors have a good bit of luck involved, typically with drives that hit cart parts or are aided by wind. Several cut off the corner on doglegs to get directly to the green, greatly reducing the length of the hole.

Still, putting a 1 on the card for a par 5 or a 2 on the card for a par 6 is incredible.

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