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Definition: "Double eagle" is the term used to describe a score of 3-under par on any individual golf hole. To make a double eagle, the golfer must:

  • Score a 1 (hole in one) on a par-4 hole; or
  • Score a 2 on a par-5 hole

(Or score on a 3 on a par-6 hole, but par-6s are rare.)

Double eagles on par-3 holes are not possible. And note that although scoring a 1 on a par-4 is a double eagle, no golfer would ever call it such - why call it a double eagle when you can call it a hole-in-one?

Double eagles are extremely rare, more rare, in fact, than aces. This is because making one usually requires holing a longer shot - a tee shot on a par-4 or a fairway wood or long iron approach on a par-5. In the first 50 years of the LPGA Tour's existence, only 25 double eagles were recorded. In 2012 on the PGA Tour, there were 37 holes-in-one but only four double eagles.

Related FAQs:
What are the odds of making a double-eagle?
What are the odds of making a hole-in-one?

In some parts of the world, the term "albatross" is more commonly used as the name of a double eagle, but to be clear, the terms mean the same thing.

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Also Known As: Albatross
Alternate Spellings: Double-eagle
Examples:
"Mickelson made a double eagle when he holed out from the fairway on the par-5 No. 12 for a score of 2."
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