Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 Average Scores

Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 Average Scores

14 August 2020

How do golfers score on Par 3s Par 4s and Par 5s? What type of hole is deemed the ‘easiest’? What hole is the trickiest? Shot Scope have analysed their database of golfers and analysed the average score on Par 3s, 4s and 5s to answers these questions about scoring averages and hole difficulty.

Par 3 Average Score

Par 3 scoring average for amateur golfers by handicap

Par 4 Average Score

Par 5 Average Score

Par 5 scoring average for amateur golfers by handicap
Key Takeaways
  • Par 4s are the most difficult holes to score on, as they have the highest scoring average of nearly +1 shot (0.96).
  • Par 3 are are deemed to be only slightly easier than Par 4s, with an average score of 3.89.
  • Across all handicaps, Par 5s are the easiest holes on the golf course, with an average of 0.47 over. Why? Perhaps because golfers can get close in 2, and would be able to hit their 3rd shot closer than their second shot on a Par 4.
  • Par 4s show the biggest difference between handicaps. 1.24 shots between a 2 and 26 handicap. This means that if a higher handicap golfer is looking to improve, this is the area that there is room for improvement.

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