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#31 raynorfan1

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:52 AM

No idea. The longer I play (and more courses I see), the more I find Par (and thus birdie / eagle) to be an arbitrary measure.

The course I play the most has one Par 5, it's 625 yards uphill - I've never seen anybody even try to get there in two. There are a couple of short Par 4's (~300 yards) that are probably the best shot at eagle on the course, but they're not really drivable; you'd have to rely on a pitch-in.

At the same time, if I'm playing with my dad from the whites at his home course, there are 4 Par 5's under 480 yards, including one that's just 402. I expect to have a shot at an "eagle" every time I step onto that tee box, and "par" feels like a double bogey.

The only truly memorable eagle I've had was on a short, downhill Par 4 where I topped my drive maybe 70 yards to the start of the fairway...and then holed out with a 3 wood.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:52 AM

I have one on a par 3 and a par 4. Haven't kept track of the ones on par 5s but there's been quite a few. I remember my first, chipped in from just off the front of the green. Most recent was a 50 or so yard pitch shot that dropped in. Playing in an after work golf league with a few short par 5s helps a lot. My home course also ends with a 485 yard par 5 that is pretty easy to reach in 2 with a good drive and mid iron. Having a course with a short par 5 or two that you play 20-30 times a season or more makes a difference...

I remember playing one course from the middle tees and they had moved them up so far a "par 5" was only playing around 380 yds. Hit driver/7 iron to a couple of feet. So and eagle on the card, but didn't really feel like it. Oh, and I didn't even win a skin because another guy in my group made a 30' birdie putt with a stroke.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:57 AM

View Postraynorfan1, on 16 August 2017 - 07:52 AM, said:

No idea. The longer I play (and more courses I see), the more I find Par (and thus birdie / eagle) to be an arbitrary measure.

The course I play the most has one Par 5, it's 625 yards uphill - I've never seen anybody even try to get there in two. There are a couple of short Par 4's (~300 yards) that are probably the best shot at eagle on the course, but they're not really drivable; you'd have to rely on a pitch-in.

At the same time, if I'm playing with my dad from the whites at his home course, there are 4 Par 5's under 480 yards, including one that's just 402. I expect to have a shot at an "eagle" every time I step onto that tee box, and "par" feels like a double bogey.

The only truly memorable eagle I've had was on a short, downhill Par 4 where I topped my drive maybe 70 yards to the start of the fairway...and then holed out with a 3 wood.
I know what you mean... I subbed in a league Monday on a course I've only played once before. The 10th hole is listed as a par 5... it's 420 yards, straight, and downhill. There's a stream that runs across the fairway about 230 out so I guess most people play short of it, but even then you'd have like 200 yards to a green that's downhill and has nothing to stop you from landing 40 yards short and rolling on. I had 120 to the pin with my second shot and ended up with an easy "birdie".

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:05 AM

Playing year round 2 to 4 times a week I've had plenty. One of our three par 5's plays pretty short and the other two I can get there with 2 good solid shots.

My last couple came on par 5's from a putt and the other holing a green side bunker shot.

That being said I can only remember 1 eagle that didn't happen on whatever my home course was at the time..
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 12:50 PM

ive had 2 eagles in about 7 years of golf, and they were both fluke pretty much.  
1. par 5, i topped the 3rd shot which rolled into the hole.
2. par 4, the 2nd shot was hit very low unintentionally with a 5 iron (looked like tiger stinger). it hit the pin and dropped into the hole.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:22 PM

I've had 5 eagles in 43 years of playing.  All but one were holing out from the fairway.  The conditions have to be right from me to hit a par 5 in two.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:49 PM

Been playing off and on for 20 years. Only regularly the last 5 years or so. Never had an eagle.
Come close a few times. Hit the stick on par 3s twice, hit the stick 4-5 times from 100+ out, lipped out a few chips and putts, but nothing wants to stay in the hole

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:23 AM

I'm 51 and have been playing since I was 12.  I only have two that I can remember.  One was from 150 yds out on a par 5.  The other was in a scramble on a par four.  It was my drive and then I knocked it in with a wedge from about 80 yards.  I just don't hit my 3w off the deck good enough to go for par 5's in two.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:33 PM

When I was playing at a shorter course 6200 had lots of opportunities for eagle as the longest par 5 hole was only 520 yards and was able to reach in two most times.  
However I switch membership to a new course plays 6700-7000 and have really tough par 5   I have not been able to get on the straight away par 5 if 530  yards or longer unless there a back wind   I had a eagle look on a couple of 540 yards that dogleg and I was able to cut of 20-30 yards on a really good tee ball

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

View Postlarrybud, on 15 August 2017 - 01:44 PM, said:

Since 2010:

16 eagles in ~ 8550 holes
641 birds (about 7.5%)

I do not hit it long.  230 average.  11 of those 16 eagles were on one hole, which is a 480 yard par 5 starting hole at my old home club.  I don't believe I have another 3 which I made putting.

The others are hole outs on par 4s and an ace.  I hole out almost once a year.

LB that's a strong birdie percentage!  You're pretty much a birdie + per round guy.


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 01:00 PM

I don't know how many eagles I've made in my 25 years playing but I know I've made 2 this year in 43 rounds. I would say I average 3-5 a year or 1 every 20 rounds or so.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 01:17 PM

I've been playing for about 20 years, but only the last five of those have been "serious".  Went from 3-4 times a year to 2-3 times a week.  I've never had an eagle until three weeks ago and now I have three.  First two at Oak Grove #18 and the third Oak Grove #4.


-My first was a third shot (par 5) from about 45 yards out.  I thinned a 60 degree wedge and instantly thought "Nooo!".  The ball hit the flag and shot straight down into the hole.  Would've been a good 20 yards past if I didn't get lucky.  It was bitter sweet since it came off a horrible shot.

-The following week at the same hole.  Crushed the drive (for me) and hit a perfect 5 iron from 190 out.  Ball rolled just past the hole and I sank a six footer for eagle.  Traditional way to score and it was pretty awesome.

-Last Saturday I was sitting about 110 yards out on a par four.  Hit a 50 degree wedge.  It landed about three feet past the hole, bounced forward, and spun back into the hole.  I was stunned.


So, three in twenty years.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

Been playing seriously for the past 3 years. I can only remember 2 eagles. I'm a long hitter off the tee 270-290, but I am not confident in hitting my woods from fairway lies, so I don't attack a lot of Par 5's unless they're in the 470-490 yd range, which aren't a lot. I've been just trying to hit greens in reg and laying up on par 5s. If I put some work in to being able to hit woods/hybrids with confidence into Par 5s, I'd give myself a lot more chances.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 02:04 PM

35 years of golf .. one ace and one albatross

Last 8 years (started my own business) about 100 rounds a year ... I would say 5-10 eagles per year is a solid guess (all on par 5's).   I don't hole iron shots very often.  In fact, in the 13 years at my home club I have only made three 2's on the par 4's (three different holes)

Last season I had a crazy early start to the year and must have had 7 in the first 6 weeks of the season (I think I did a post on it)

Last night in men's league I was over the back of all four par 5's in two .... I can still fly it 270 and two of the holes I can rope hook around corners to burn off yardage and have an iron in .. sometimes a 9 iron on one hole that is 490.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 02:45 PM

Good for 2 to 4 eagles a season.
I will say I get more eagles with my wedge than I do with my putter.

Last year's highlights were jarring one from 95yds on a par 5 at my former home course and executing an 83yd pitch and run on 14 at Bandon Dunes :)


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 03:18 PM

I've been playing for about 4 years. The first 2 years I didnt have any eagles and birdies were not common. I started taking lessons early in my 3rd season and since then things have clicked for me. My handicap over the last 18 months plummetted from 25 to 11 and in that timeframe I've had 2 eagles. Both eagles were chip in's from just off the green on par 5's. As for birdies, I seem to average 1 or 2 a round now. I play about 40-60 rounds a year.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 06:02 PM

0 eagles in ~15 years of playing.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 06:11 PM

I've been playing for maybe just over 4 and a half years and have made 5 eagles, oddly enough my first came on a par 4 my second was my one and only hole in 1, then my 3rd was a pitch in on a par 5 my last 2 were putts on a par 5.
I've had maybe 15 attempts in total at eagle my last attempt lipped out was gutted considering all my eagles pretty much came in the first 3 years of me playing the more consistent ive become the less chances at eagle ive had funnily enough lol.

My first was the most exciting though especially considering the circumstances that led up to it. First hole of the day was a short gettable par 4 downhill all the way i drove the green missed the eagle putt just then made birdie. Second hole i played horribly but ended up getting my first chip in ( in play not practice ) for bogey so was pretty happy. Then 3rd hole slice my drive onto the second hole trees lining the fairway quite tall. In my head i remember i was thinking hmmm do i go for it or try chip out through the trees. Then i thought stuff it ill go for it opened up my 52 degree wedge as much as possible gave it a big ol whack, sailed over the trees then watching from under the trees i see it land spin sideways and dissapear into the cup.

I was so pumped up after that hole out i played absolutely terrible for the rest of the day but really didnt care at all haha.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:07 PM

The number of eagles I make is directly proportional to the number of true opportunities I have to make them. (Not being a DB here, please bear with)

I play several courses around the area. There are a couple of them that offer little if any chance of getting home in two on the par 5's and so any eagle made is a lucky hole-out from some distance.

But then there are those that offer at least two, if not three shortish par 5's that offer (and tempt you) a green light situation to get home in two.

If I am playing the shorter courses more often I will have more ops and thus will make more of them.

Never more than say one or two a month even when playing those courses that are only around 6400 from the tips.

In 2016 I made two. One hole out on a par 4 and one putt in on a shorter par 5.
So far in 2017 I have only had a couple of chances and have not made even one. Hit the pin twice on par 3's though so I am hoping!
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:43 AM

I never hole out shots.  It just doesn't happen for me for whatever reason.

I get about 1 eagle a year and play about 50 rounds a year.  So the rate is pretty darn low for me.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 04:02 AM

I think I might have had 5 in total in all the rounds I've played. Short par 4s and lucky par 5s

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:59 AM

Been playing 22 years, 6 eagles total. All on par 5's. My favorite was a few years ago when I was playing with my brother. Got on the green in 2 (Driver/5-iron, wind was helping). Had about a 30-foot curving putt that I really had no business making. My only goal was to get it close for the tap-in birdie, but it ended up dropping. It was cool to share that moment with my brother.
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

2 on a couple par 3s, beyond that just don't keep track, lol, but not common. I can think of three this summer, but two on driveable par 4. Come to think of it, 1 a season would be a lot, and pretty sure my first one didn't come until I was 29 or 30 (started playing around 10-11).

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:51 AM

View PostDavePelz4, on 17 August 2017 - 12:48 PM, said:

View Postlarrybud, on 15 August 2017 - 01:44 PM, said:

Since 2010:

16 eagles in ~ 8550 holes
641 birds (about 7.5%)

I do not hit it long.  230 average.  11 of those 16 eagles were on one hole, which is a 480 yard par 5 starting hole at my old home club.  I don't believe I have another 3 which I made putting.

The others are hole outs on par 4s and an ace.  I hole out almost once a year.

LB that's a strong birdie percentage!  You're pretty much a birdie + per round guy.

Thanks.  This year I'm at a stronger clip.  9.5% birdie rate, so almost 2 per round.  Bird % ramped up a year ago July when I started working with a putting mirror.   Went from 7% to 11% in 2 months.  Last month or so it's just been not great 2nd shots on par 5s.  Actually have a lower birdie % on par 5s than par 3s right now.  Clearly not setting myself up well on the 2nd shot!

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:48 PM

I make roughly 1 per year. Ive been playing 12 years now, and I think I can remember all of them.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:30 PM

I've been playing for about 5 years at of rate ~1.5 rounds per week, this year my scores are in the 80s with the occasional 90s blowup round. I still haven't made an eagle, my closest was actually a month ago. Gigantic green, roughly 50 ft to the hole, I had the line perfect and the ball stopped dead at the edge of the cup. Tap in birdies are cool though too.....I guess..
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:34 PM

View Postchilllwave, on 18 August 2017 - 02:30 PM, said:

I've been playing for about 5 years at of rate ~1.5 rounds per week, this year my scores are in the 80s with the occasional 90s blowup round. I still haven't made an eagle, my closest was actually a month ago. Gigantic green, roughly 50 ft to the hole, I had the line perfect and the ball stopped dead at the edge of the cup. Tap in birdies are cool though too.....I guess..

I remember the first time I ever got the ball to a bunker in front of the green in two on a Par 5. Had the bunker shot tracking straight at the hole and it hit one of those pine stamen (seed) things on the green, bounced up in the air and stopped six inches short.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:43 PM

I've had multiple opportunities to Eagle on a couple of courses, but have only been able to capitalize on one, on my birthday last year.  I was fortunate enough to have hit a awesome tee shot on a short par 4 (460 yards) and ended up with a 154 yard 9 iron approach, and left myself with a 3 foot putt for Eagle. As mentioned, I've had opportunities by driving the green twice on a couple of short par 4's in years past, and sometimes getting to the green in two, but the mental aspect of putting for Eagle generally ends up giving me yips.

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#59 Jonesy80

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:19 AM

This is my 4th summer playing golf now and made my first eagle this summer. Followed by the 2nd and the 3rd in the following weeks. 2 of them on drivable 270yard par4 (short par4 but very well protected) and the last one a simple bump'n'run with an 8iron from about 50yards on a 310 yard par4.
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:42 AM

Played a round in New Jersey this weekend.  As a single was paired with a 3some.  

One guy who says he has made several eagles...been playing 15 years.  This course we were on. He had played the most.

Yardage was 6100 yards for 72.

Par 5' were 460, 440, 478 467,   the guy was younger than me 38 maybe.

Sure it's still an eagle but....dam that's short

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