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In every form of play, the goal is to play as few strokes per round as possible. Scores for each hole can be described as follows:

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Specific Term Definition
-4 Triple Eagle (or Condor) four strokes under par
-3 Double Eagle (or Albatross) three strokes under par
-2 Eagle two strokes under par
-1 Birdie one stroke under par
0 Par strokes equal to par
+1 Bogie one stroke more than par
+2 Double Bogey (or Buzzard) two strokes over par
+3 Triple Bogey three strokes over par

The two basic forms of playing golf are match play and stroke play.

There are variations of these basic principles, including skins, stableford scoring, and team games including foursome and four-ball games.