What Is a Quadruple Bogey?

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Hopefully you don't actually break clubs after a quadruple bogey ... but you might feel like doing it. Paul Aresu/UpperCut Images/Getty Images

A "quadruple bogey" is a score of 4-over par on an individual hole of the golf course. If it takes you four strokes more than the hole's par rating to complete the hole, you make a quadruple bogey.

Par, remember, is the number representing the number of strokes an expert golfer is expected to need to complete a given hole. A par-4 hole, then, is one an expert golfer is expected to need four strokes to complete.

Holes on the golf course are generally rated as par-3, par-4 or par-5 (par-6 holes also exist but are uncommon).

So a "quadruple bogey" does not indicate a specific number of strokes, except insofar as it indicates four strokes more than par.

The Scores That Result in a Quadruple Bogey

What scores - what actual number of strokes - does a golfer have to make on a hole to get a quadruple bogey? As stated, that depends on the hole's par:

  • Scoring a 7 on a par-3 hole is a quadruple bogey
  • Scoring an 8 on a par-4 hole is a quadruple bogey
  • Scoring a 9 on a par-5 hole is a quadruple bogey

Needless to say, a quadruple bogey is not a good score! But all of us - especially beginners and higher-handicap golfers - make quadruple bogeys. They happen. Even the best golfers in the world occasionally make quadruple bogeys, just a lot more rarely (a lot more rarely) than the rest of us.

It is common for golfers conversationally to shorten "quadruple bogey" to just "quad," as in, "I just made a quad" or "write down a quad on the scorecard for me."

Why Quadruple Bogey?

A score of 1-over par in golf is called a "bogey."

When early golfers decided to name scores higher than 1-over par, they stuck with the easy approach: If 1-over is a bogey, then 2-over is a double bogey, 3-over is a triple bogey and 4-over is a quadruple bogey.

And, yes, 5-over is a quintuple bogey and so on.