The Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms (1993) believes that
- “Birdie”, meaning a score of one stroke under Par on a given hole comes from the 19th century American slang term “bird”, meaning anything excellent.
- “Eagle”, a score of two under par for a given hole, was clearly the extension of the theme of birds for good scores. A score of two under Par is, in some ways, a ‘big birdie’ and an Eagle is a big bird. Two under par on a par three is seldom if ever referred to as an Eagle, but rather prized as a Hole-in-One.
Each week we will list players who score Eagles (and Holes-in-One) and showcase photos of the holes where they did it. Once the eagles return to the nest, we will look to making the list of players who score….