Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 Average Scores

Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 Average Scores

17 June 2022

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 over 100,000 golfers and identified the average score on Par 3s, 4s and 5s to answers these questions about scoring averages and hole difficulty.

Par 3 Average Score

Par 4 Average Score

Par 5 Average Score

Key Takeaways
  • The difficulty of hole is dependent on handicap. For scratch golfers, Par 3s are the hardest holes and Par 5s are the easiest holes. However, this begins to flip around as handicap increases. With 25 handicaps scoring highest on Par 5s
  • Par 3s provide an opportunity for higher handicaps to keep their score down. Being the shortest hole on the course means generally one good shot will be able to reach the green or surrounding area and then it is down to short game. Compare this to a Par 4 or 5 where multiple shots are required to get to this point, there is more chance of an error being made.
  • Across all handicaps Par 4s play tough.
  • Par 5s are where the biggest difference lies between low and high handicaps – 2.22 shots between scratch and 25 handicaps. If higher handicaps can play these holes better, they have the potential to really improve their game.

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